Update Mid-November

Dear Neighbours,

The fall is whizzing by and there are always things happening. Here are a few.

1. Saturday November 21st – St. Luke’s Variety Night

In celebration of 125 years in the Williamsville Community come one come all. Home grown amateur talent at its best. Saturday November 21st at 7:00pm at the Church Hall at 236 Nelson Street, at Princess. Free will offering at the door.

2. Thursday November 26th – Community Consultation on a Year-Round Farmers’ Market

Please join the staff, board and affiliates of the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market for a community consultation process on Thursday November 26th at Princess Street United Church 484 Albert Street at Princess from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The main focus is to determine how to structure a year round farmers’ market.

  • What are the important elements of a year-round market?
  • What local products are needed at a year-round market?
  • What types of events could be held at a year-round market?
  • What are the most important elements of the location/space of a year-round market?

Please RSVP by Monday November 23rd to memorialcentremarket@gmail.comShape your market. Shape your Community.

3. Petitions

There are two petitions of concern in Williamsville.

Frontenac Street traffic calming

With the pending developments on Frontenac near Princess and on Princess between Frontenac and Albert, through traffic will increase in the immediate neighbourhood between Princess and York Streets and Alfred and Albert Streets during and after construction. This petition asks Kingston City Council to install an appropriate barricade on Frontenac near Jenkins Street to allow only pedestrian, bicycle and emergency vehicle access. If you can help with this or would like further information please contact Sue Bazely at sue@bazely.ca or Dave Gauthier at dave@davegauthier.ca

Petition wording: Given that the Williamsville Main Street Study identifies Frontenac Street between Victoria Park and the Memorial Centre as a Green Street, and the Official Plan as “residential”, and given that the Frontenac Street development (495 to 513 Frontenac) was approved by the OMB, and given that this development and other pending developments in the immediate area on Princess Street will drastically increase the volume of traffic on local streets in the neighbourhood, particularly Frontenac Street between Princess and York Streets, Jenkins Street, York Street, Alfred Street and Albert Street, in the interests of increased safety, we the undersigned request that the City of Kingston eliminate through traffic on Frontenac Street between Princess and Jenkins but maintain pedestrian, bicycle and emergency vehicle access and immediate local traffic only through use of suitable barricades prior to any construction activity.

You can also sign on line at https://www.change.org/p/kingston-city-council-local-streets-are-for-local-traffic-not-construction-vehicles-5eabb0f2-f928-43ce-8ccb-995723eb722d?recruiter=429786242&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

But remember if you have already signed the paper version please do not sign the on line petition.

St Joseph/St Mary school site

Closure of St Joseph/St. Mary school at Brock and Napier Streets provides a tremendous opportunity to expand Churchill Park. This petition asks the City of Kingston to purchase the St. Joseph/St. Mary’s school site. If you can help with this or would like further information please contact John Clements at jclements48@yahoo.ca

Petition wording:  Whereas Sunnyside neighbourhood has been identified as having one of the lowest amounts of parkland (hectares/population) in Kingston and

Whereas the Parks and Recreation Master Plan advocates the acquisition of parkland/open space in the urban core and with special consideration for the purchase of surplus school sites and

Whereas St. Joseph/St. Mary’s School has historically been part of the recreation/open space in Sunnyside and
Whereas Sunnyside and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen significant urban intensification, thereby increasing the number of residents:

Therefore, be it resolved that the City of Kingston purchase the St. Joseph/St. Mary’s school site.

You can also sign on line at https://www.change.org/p/kingston-city-council-increase-neighbourhood-parkland-buy-st-joseph-st-mary-s-school?recruiter=429786242&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

But remember if you have already signed the paper version please do not sign the on line petition.

4. Culture Talks – Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport

Kingston November 25 Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Malting Tower 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Join Jamie Kennedy (chef), Merilyn Simonds (author, editor).

5. Ontario’s culture strategy

People, passion and ideas – it’s what culture is all about.

But what does it mean to you?  Tell us about what you value — and how you would strengthen arts and culture to build healthier, more vibrant and prosperous communities. Your ideas will help us design Ontario’s Culture Strategy, which will set a vision for arts and culture, define priorities and guide support for the sector in the years to come. This is part of our Open Government commitment to engage citizens and gather public input before policies are made. In winter 2016, we will report back about what we heard, before posting a draft strategy for public input.

Join us at one of our town halls running October to December. No registration is required. These events will invite you to participate in inspiring conversations with local arts and culture personalities. There are three ways to participate: online through Culture Talks, in-person at a local town hall, or leaving a comment online on the discussion paper. https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-culture-strategy
The next meeting of the Williamsville Community Association working group is Monday December 14th. Please contact us if you wish to attend.