Into Winter Update

Dear Neighbours:

As we switch gears and head into winter we hope that you were prepared for the first snowfall of the season – proper outerwear, winter tires and the all important tune up for the car or bike are a must. Here are a few things to keep in mind, some dates that you can mark on your calendar and some reminders for upcoming events.

1. Williamsville Businesses and Services – please remember to support our Williamsville businesses and services as we head into a new season. If you’re stuck for a gift why not check into gift certificates.

2. Queen’s Campus Master Plan Open House – Friday December 6th 2-6pm in the Biosciences Complex Atrium, 116 Barrie Street at Arch Street. If you are interested in or concerned about how Queen’s is planning for the future, particularly in the areas surrounding the campus, with respect to expansion and student accommodation, then plan on attending this public session. It is critical that Williamsville constituents become engaged in this process before it is too late.

3. Upcoming at St. Luke’s – Saturday December 7th 9am to noon Breakfast with Santa & St. Nicholas at 236 Nelson Street. Come and enjoy a yummy breakfast, games and songs, crafts and activities and it’s all free.

4. Paint the Town Exhibit – on show Wednesday December 4th to Friday December 20th at the Window Art Gallery in the Kingston School of Art, Princess at Victoria. Also don’t miss the opening reception where you can meet the artists on Thursday December 12th from 5-7pm. See www.ksoa.info for more.

5. District Boundaries – Ontario Municipal Board Decision – on November 6th, 2013 Board Chair Sylvia Sutherland upheld the appeal made by the Queen’s Alma Mater Society, Sydenham District Association and second year law student Kevin Wiener of the by-law that was passed by City Council earlier in the year. Williamsville Community Association is part of the coalition of neighbourhood associations who are supporting Citizens for Effective Representation, the umbrella group organized to assist with the appeal. The decision means that Williamsville remains intact and that all residents, regardless of whether they are here year round or just for the academic year, are counted in the district and have equal and fair access to representation, The legal costs associated with the OMB appeal were covered by donations from residents across Sydenham, Williamsville and other districts in the city. Thanks to all those who participated and supported this process.

6. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – a huge thank you to the Farmers’ Market Association of Kingston and all of the vendors and customers for making the market a success again in 2013. The board of FMAK will be working diligently over the winter preparing for 2014 and the farmers and crafters will be taking a brief, but well-earned rest before embarking on their preparations for 2014. Watch here for details on the 2014 market and please contact us if you are interested in being a market volunteer.

7. WCA working group meeting – the next meeting of the WCA working group is on Monday January 20th. If you are interested in attending or being involved in WCA activities please contact us.

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents
www.williamsville.ca