Memorial Centre

Jane’s Walks – May 2 & 3

Dear Neighbours,

The Williamsville Community Association, in partnership with several other neighbourhood associations and community groups, is pleased to announce five different walks during:

Jane’s Walk Comes to Kingston – Saturday May 2nd, Sunday May 3rd
Kingston, get your walking gear out! This May, several neighbourhood associations and community groups are coming together to present a Jane’s Walk Weekend. Jane Jacobs was an author and activist whose grassroots efforts stimulated residents’ interest in their own neighbourhoods and triggered a world-wide phenomenon of volunteer citizen-led tours.

For many of us in the Williamsville area, the closest walk will be led by John Grenville, starting at the barns at York & Albert. See here for all the details: http://janeswalk.org/canada/kingston/memorial-centre-grounds-loyalist-land-grant-community-hub/

Other tours throughout Kingston include the Inner Harbour, an area of Bagot Street, and Barriefield, as well the Ontario Public Interest Research Group will lead a walk focussed on the forgotten history of oppression and resistance. “This is not just about historical walking tours, it’s a chance for people to find out some really quirky things about places they’ve seen all their lives or locations they never knew existed,” says John Grenville, of the Williamsville Community Association and Jane’s Walk Kingston co-ordinator. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for residents, and for our organizations to showcase where we live” he adds.

The Kingston tour descriptions can be found on the Jane’s Walk website http://janeswalk.org/canada/kingston/. These descriptions include start time, location, duration, and accessibility. All Jane’s Walks are free and will take place Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3 morning and afternoon, rain or shine. You can take more than one and even arrange another walk if you have other interesting stories to tell about our town.

Saturday, May 2
a) 10 am: Memorial Centre Grounds: from Loyalist Land Grant to Community Hub
Meet alongside the barns at York and Albert Streets.
b) 2 pm:
The Heritage District of Barriefield.
Meet at Horton School.
c) 4 pm: OPIRG Kingston’s
People’s History Walking Tour: Oppression and Resistance.
Meet at 51 Bader Lane.

Sunday, May 3
a) 11 am: Bagot Street North: Meet labourers, shopkeepers, carpenters, blacksmiths and waitresses who lived on Bagot Street from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Meet at Staples.
b) 1 pm:
Inner Harbour Heritage Tour: Exploring pictures, buildings and stories from Kingston’s Aboriginal, French and Industrial Heritage in light of future development.
Meet in Anglin Parking Lot north of OHIP off Wellington St.

For more information go to:  www.janeswalk.org
Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents
www.williamsville.ca

November Update

Dear Neighbours,

The municipal election is now over and Jim Neill was re-elected in Williamsville. If you need to contact Jim he can be reached at jneill@cityofkingston.ca

The weather is starting to change, but there are still a few warm days for walks and tidying up the garden, leaf pick-up is nearly upon us, and it looks like Princess Street and the other side streets are nearing completion for the season. Here are a number of events for November and early December:

1. Thursday November 6 – our neighbours in Kingscourt have a meeting in the QECVI library starting at 7:00pm

2. Saturday November 8 – St. Luke’s Fall Bazaar and Luncheon – from 10:00am to 2:00pm at 236 Nelson Street. Lunch is $7.00 per person for soup and dessert.

3. Sunday November 9 – Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market is in the Bennett Barn from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Continue to get locally grown fresh produce and locally made crafts. If you can spare a few hours the Market is looking for volunteers to help with set-up, at the info booth, and take-down. Please contact mcfm.marketing@gmail.com if you can help out.

4. Monday November 10 – Queen’s public consultation for Richardson Stadium revitalization takes place at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) starting at 6:30pm. Residents of Williamsville may be interested in attending as the stadium is very close to the west end of our district.

5. Wednesday November 12 – Our Neighbourhood is holding a general meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church at 263 Victoria Street at Earl.

5. Monday November 17 – Williamsville Community Association has its regular working group meeting. If you are interested in attending please contact us for details.

6. Saturday December 6 – Breakfast with Santa & St. Nick – 9:00am to noon at St. Luke’s 236 Nelson St at Princess. There will be a yummy breakfast, games and songs, crafts and activities, all free.

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents

More Fall Events

Dear Neighbours,

Summer is definitely in decline but we are hoping for some warm fall days (and evenings) so we can continue to enjoy outdoor activities. Here are a few things that are coming up:

  1. Sunday September 21st – Williamsville Fall Fun Fit & Food event at the Memorial Centre Market – join us for fun activities from 9am to 2pm including family yoga, drum circle, old fashioned races for kids, massage, historic walking tour of the M-Cente grounds, jujitsu and healthy food with the market vendors. Enter the draw for prizes from our Williamsville fitness and good food businesses including Taylored Training, Cycle Path, Janati Yoga, Health for Life Clinic and John’s Delicatessen.

10:00 Family yoga
11:00 Drumming workshop & circle
12:00 Old-fashioned races for kids!!
12:30 Memorial Centre History walk
12:30 Demonstration by Ju Jitsu Kingston

A day of community and wellness hosted by the Williamsville Community Association and the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market.

  1. Friday September 26th – Hockey Night in Kingston – presented by St. Luke’s at the K-ROCK Centre. St. Luke’s Floor Hockey program will be featured at the Kingston Frontenac’s opening night game. We are providing tickets for our players.  There will be a reserved area for anyone from St. Luke’s or associated with St. Luke’s who would like to attend. Tickets are $14 each.

If you wish to attend, please call the church office 613-542-5501 to reserve your tickets no later than Tuesday 23 September at noon. Tickets will be available at the church office during business hours Thursday and Friday that week (Sept 25 and 26).

  1. Kingston municipal election is Monday October 27th – there are several mayoral candidates and district candidates events and all public are welcome to attend. Also below you will find info from No Casino Kingston Coalition on the ballot question and links on how to get on the voters list.
  2. A) Williamsville District Candidates – Monday October 6th, 7-9pm at St. Luke’s Church Hall, Nelson and Princess. Meet Jim Neill and Ed Smith during a question and answer session with a moderator featuring several key issues as well as questions from the floor. Presented by the Williamsville Community Association.
  3. B) Kingscourt-Rideau District Candidates – Thursday October 2nd, 7:30pm at St. Peter Catholic Elementary School on 7th Avenue. Candidates Tom Gingrich, Kevin Holland and Mary Rita Holland have agreed to be present. The public is welcome to attend and ask questions of the candidates. Presented by the Kingscourt Community Association.
  4. C) Mayoral All Candidates – Wednesday October 8th, 7-9pm at Artillery Park Gym. Organized by Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour and McBurney Park Neighbourhood Association.
  5. D) Mayoral All Candidates – Tuesday October 21st, 7-9pm at Wallace Hall, Queen’s University. Presented by Queen’s Alma Mater Society. All are welcome.

A message from NCK Coalition regarding the ballot question:
Dear Williamsville resident,
The City of Kingston will hold municipal elections on Monday October 27 2014, with remote (telephone and internet) voting commencing on October 14th and advance polls open on October 18th. (Key Dates)

Attached to the ballot will be the following question:
Are you in favour of a casino being located in the City of Kingston? Yes. No.
No Casino Kingston has registered to campaign on this question, and we hope that you will help us. Our aims are to inform citizens of the negative impact a local casino would have on our community (the economic losses alone would be significant); to use candidates’ meetings, emails, and social and traditional media to disseminate this information; to promote voter turnout and ultimately to win the referendum by at least 60%.

We are excited to announce the launch of the campaign at the Fall Princess St. Promenade this coming Saturday September 20th from 10 am until 4 pm. Please stop by our booth and say hi!

If you’d like to assist with the campaign, you can let your friends and associates know that there will be a question on the ballot, and that our website www.nocasinokingston.ca has a lot of useful information (collected over the last two years) available. Other ways of helping include writing letters to the editor, speaking with/asking questions of nominated candidates, displaying signs and/or making a financial contribution to the campaign.

Cheques made out to No Casino Kingston can be sent to 36 Alma St. Kingston K7K 1J6.
Sincerely,
Anne Lougheed
Chair, No Casino Kingston

Are you on the VOTERS LIST? Your can view it on-line.
Find out more on eligibility to vote here.
To find out how to add your name to the voter list visit the City Website.
And don’t forget, if you are not on the list, but are eligible to vote you can go to the polling station on election day and present the correct identification as listed in above link, and VOTE! In addition Post-secondary students There is a special rule for students who may be living away from home while they attend school. If you are a student and consider your “home” to be the place where you live when you are not attending school, which means you plan on returning there, then you are eligible to vote in BOTH your “home” municipality and in the municipality where you currently live while attending school.

  1. Williamsville Community Association Membership – we are looking for a membership co-ordinator to keep track of members and accept funds. If you are interested in helping with this aspect or any WCA activity please contact us.

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

April is Here

Dear Neighbours,

Now that April is here, we are seeing an increase in activities, particularly outdoor. With so much happening, here are some things to to take note of:

1. Monday April 14 – Williamsville Community Association Annual Town Hall Meeting – starting at 7:00pm at St. Luke’s Church Hall on Nelson Street at Princess.

There will be two presentations, one by KEDCO and the second by Podium Developments, on their vision and ideas for our Williamsville Main Street. As part of this we will have a breakout session and opportunity to discuss issues and concerns. The agenda is as follows:

Agenda
7:00: Intros & welcome, WCA update, Membership presentation
7:30: KEDCO’s vision for Williamsville – Donna Gillespie
7:50: Podium’s plans for mainstreet – Bernard Luttmer
8:15: Breakout sessions
8:30: Report back on key items
8:40: General questions
9:00: The End

We hope you will join us for this opportunity to hear about what is happening in Williamsville and to voice your ideas and opinions.

2. Williamsville reconstruction schedule update – work has begun. Here is the most recent update from the City. If you are not on the update email list, please contact Derek Ochej at the numbers below or email dochej@cityofkingston.ca.

This is a friendly reminder from the City of Kingston Engineering Department that the first phase of the Williamsville reconstruction project will be starting on Monday April 7th. Below is the most current work schedule for the first phase of the project:

  • Starting Monday April 7th until late April the intersection of Macdonnell Street and Princess Street will be closed to traffic. Detours for Princess Street traffic will be set up at Drayton Avenue and Alfred Street. Local traffic for deliveries and customers will be allowed to pass through the detours to access businesses and signage will be placed indicating businesses remain open.
  • In late April, once work is completed in the intersection of Macdonnell Street and Princess Street, the intersection will be re-opened to traffic and the detour route will move from Alfred Street to Macdonnell Street. Crews will continue work on Princess Street between Macdonnell Street and the Medical Arts Pharmacy until mid-May before moving to the second phase of the reconstruction.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or phone (613-328-2509).

Derek Ochej, City of Kingston- Public Works Services Public Education and Promotion Coordinator (613) 546-4291 ext 2703

3. Road closures starting Monday April 7th – several in Williamsville and adjacent area.

  • Princess Street from Macdonnell to Tower Street until Tuesday June 24th
  • Palace Road from Carruthers Ave. to Park Street until Tuesday April 29th
  • Barbara Avenue from Division to Alfred Cr. until Tuesday June 17th

4. Contact info for 663 Princess Street (Victoria and Princess) – we have been advised that if you have issues with anything happening at the Princess and Victoria Street property, besides contacting the city, you can also contact on-site personnel at 613-246-3018 or kevan@stelmachpm.com.

5. Wednesday April 9th – St. Luke’s Bridge and Luncheon starting at noon at 236 Nelson Street. Only $10 per person. Call 613-542-5501 or 613-548-3096 to reserve your table.

6. Our Neighbourhood update – The following message is from Our Neighbourhood regarding the recent OMB hearing.

The key issue at stake during this Hearing was whether the policies of the Official Plan for the City of Kingston are sufficient to protect the stability of existing neighbourhoods throughout the City. The application under Appeal proposes to insert a high density residential building (at 118 units per net hectare) in the midst of the Sunnyside neighbourhood (Our Neighbourhood) which has enjoyed ongoing stability under the current A Zoning (at 30 units per net hectare) for the past 38 years. A decision to deny our Appeal (ie. approve By-law 2013-152) will confirm that the Official Plan needs amendment if it is to achieve one of its primary goals of protecting stable neighbourhoods.

We believe that the current Official Plan (prepared at an estimated cost of $10 Million), which conforms to both the 2005 and 2014 Provincial Policy Statements, contains a commitment to protect neighbourhood stability and guidelines to achieve City housing intensification targets through appropriate infill within neighbourhoods. The developer and the City argued that the Application was located in an area of transition while we argued that the area was stable and that the proposal constitutes a serious destabilizing influence. We also pointed out that, if the area is found to be in transition, an amendment to the Official Plan is required, presumably to establish guidelines for the type and intensity of anticipated new development. The City produced no credible evidence to demonstrate that the area is in transition while our evidence confirmed neighbourhood stability. We fail to understand why the City chose to stand with the developer at the Hearing instead of defending the Official Plan.

Great personal and financial cost has been occasioned by the supporters of Our Neighbourhood in doing a job which should have been done by the City. This is an area that needs the leadership of the Mayor and the strong support of the Planning Department to ensure the long term protection of neighbourhoods whose importance is clearly described in the City’s Official Plan.

Finally, it is puzzling that the media has chosen not to cover the Hearing despite being sent a daily summary of events.

We now await the Decision of the Ontario Municipal Board.

For historic and ongoing information related to the Johnson Street Appeal, including these News Flashes, please visit the ‘Articles’ tab on our web site at: www.ourneighbourhood.ca.

We sincerely thank all of you who have supported us with memberships and donations and request your further support going forward, as we have not yet raised enough to cover the costs incurred to date, especially if you have not yet contributed. Our Neighbourhood‘s membership base has continued to grow during the Hearing and we now have 142 individual members registered, from 92 households. Once we have confirmed our costs related to the OMB Appeal, and the amount raised through memberships and donations, we will hold a general meeting to discuss the way forward.

Rob Fonger & John Dixon

7. Kingston School of Art – spring classes begin mid-April. For more info and program details see www.ksoa.

8. Seeking input to proposed building code changes – from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding increasing number of storeys in wood construction.

Ontario CodeNews Issue 228 – Numéro 228 CodeNews


March 25, 2014


Proposed Amendments to the Building Code for Mid-Rise Wood Construction

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to the Building Code to permit the construction of up to six storey wood-frame buildings. The Building Code currently permits the construction of up to four storey wood-frame buildings.
MMAH is seeking your views on these proposals. Stakeholders and the public have until May 4, 2014, to submit comments on the regulatory proposal posted to the Ontario Regulatory Registry. Click http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=15462&language=en for more information on the proposed changes to the Building Code and to submit comments.

9. Porch Jazz – the annual Kingston Porch Jazz Parade is being planned to run through Williamsville on Sat June 21st. If you’re not familiar with the parade, check out the following links: http://kingstonjazzfestival.ca/event/porch-jazz/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN9_V7gwvLU. The Jazz Festival is looking for front porches on Chatham and York Streets. For more information contact Greg Tilson, Artistic Director, Kingston Arts Council www.artskingston.ca or greg@artskingston.ca 613-546-2787.

10. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – opens Sunday May 11th and runs from 9:00am to 2:00pm every Sunday. Come see your neighbours and friends at the market – where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat!

Nearly March Update

Dear Neighbours,

As we creep towards March, and hopefully spring, here are some upcoming items to be aware of:

1. Our Neighbourhood meeting Saturday March 1st. The following message is from Our Neighbourhood.
Development Crisis on Johnson Street
Many of you are aware of the Johnson Street development which City Council has approved for the north side of Johnson Street between Toronto and Macdonnell Streets. Five single-family homes will be torn down and replaced with 29 units with a total of 108 bedrooms. The City has approved this monster high-density development in a neighbourhood that is zoned for one- and two-family homes. Some of our Williamsville and Sydenham District neighbours have formed a group Our Neighbourhood to appeal Council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.

You can help by:
· Taking out a membership in Our Neighbourhood it’s only $20 (per household).
· Making a donation to Our Neighbourhood to help defray the costs of the OMB appeal.
· Attending a meeting of Our Neighbourhood on Saturday 1 March, 10 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Victoria and Earl Streets

· Attending the OMB hearing that will begin Wednesday 26 March at 10 a.m. in Kingston City Hall.
Please consider how you can help. This could happen in any neighbourhood. Your neighbourhood may be next.
Further information is available at www.ourneighbourhood.ca

2. Thursday March 6th Planning Committee – a new development proposal has come forward for 495-513 Frontenac Street, previously turned down by both the city and the Ontario Municipal Board. The public meeting for this development takes place at Planning Committee Thursday March 6th starting at 6:30pm at City Hall. This is the only chance for public comment to take place so please plan to attend. Even if you do not wish to speak, please attend in support of your neighbours. If you wish to receive additional details on the proposal please let us know.

3. Tuesday March 11th – Neighbourhood Meeting on the Big Fire Many questions about the big fire have been raised over the past two months. Councillor Jim Neill has organized a neighbourhood meeting for Tuesday 11 March 2014 at which City staff will be available to respond to questions. Put the date in your calendar.

When: Tuesday 11 March 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Luke’s Church Hall, Nelson Street

4. Saturday March 15th Ham Dinner – Join our friends at St. Luke’s for their Ham Dinner, 6:00pm at St. Luke’s, 236 Nelson St. Reserve your tickets early only $15 per person. Call 613-542-5501 Monday to Friday 9am to noon.

5. Williamsville Princess Street Reconstruction – If you drive along Princess Street you will have noticed that there are things happening. Preliminary work is taking place with exploratory test pits and new traffic lights at Macdonnell and Concession Streets. The main work will be phased starting with the intersection of Princess and Macdonnell possibly in March. During this period, the official detour route will be Concession – Alfred. Once the Princess & Macdonnell intersection is complete, the work will move west to 800 Princess, at which time the official detour will be Concession – Macdonnell. Work will then proceed from Bath Rd to Regent St. followed by the section between 800 Princess and Regent. Additional work is expected to take place on Tower and Drayton Streets. The sections on Frontenac and Albert Streets should occur in 2015, unless weather permits earlier.

Timelines are weather dependant – Macdonnell to 800 Princess – to mid-March
– Bath to Regent – to end of April
– 800 Princess to Regent – after these

For further information or if you have questions please contact Derek Ochej, City of Kingston- Public Works Services, Public Education and Promotion Coordinator (613) 546-4291 ext 2703 or 613-328-2509 or email dochej@cityofkingston.ca

6. Sunday May 11th – Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Opening Day – the moment you have all been waiting for! Yes, the farmers’ market returns to the M-Centre every Sunday to the end of October 9:00am to 2:00pm. Bet you can’t wait to go where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat!

Finally – if you have any concerns in Williamsville or even broader city issues contact your Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill at jneill@cityofkingston.ca or call 613-544-2465.

Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market 2014 Launch

Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market has set its 2014 launch date for May 11th. Look out for great food, fresh and cooked. Catch up with friends, hear some music, and discover a wealth of items from clothing to furniture, dog treats to fishing tackle. See more by clicking on the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market tab above, or going to memorialcentrefarmersmarket.ca

To stay really up-to-date, like the market on Facebook and follow it there too.

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

Further into Fall Update

Dear Neighbours:

As the cold winds start to blow we hope that you are managing to rake your leaves on some of the few sunny days we’ve had, or have had a chance to enjoy a brisk walk around the neighbourhood. Here are a few things that you can mark on your calendar and some reminders for upcoming events.

1. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – is extended throughout November, but please note the change in hours of operation 10:00am to 2:00pm. Sunday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.

2. Upcoming at St. Luke’s – Saturday November 2nd 10am to 2pm Market & Café Annual Bazaar & Luncheon – followed by Saturday December 7th 9am to noon Breakfast with Santa & St. Nicholas. See posters for details.

3. Wednesday November 13th – Near Campus Neighbourhoods Advisory Committee – Find out more about the Queen’s Alma Mater Society proposal to re-brand the area around Queen’s University Campus as the “University District”. Queen’s AMS report and City Staff report to be presented for public comment. The Williamsville Community Association has provided input, but
this is your chance to have your say. City Hall 5:00pm.

4. Saturday November 16th – Transition Kingston Skill Sharing Event – although not specific to Williamsville, you might find some of these sustainability workshops of interest. Pre-registration is required. Go to www.transitionkingston.ca.

5. 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. When we get more information we’ll let you know.

6. District Boundaries – Ontario Municipal Board Update – Williamsville Community Association is part of the coalition of neighbourhood associations who are supporting Citizens for Effective Representation. The by-law that was passed by City Council was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board and the hearing held last week. Please go to the Citizens for Effective Representation website – www.ygkeffectiverepresentation.com. The legal costs associated with the OMB appeal are extensive. Donations in support of the appeal can be made online at the website or by mailing a cheque payable to Citizens for Effective Representation, to P.O. Box 582, Kingston, ON K7L 4X1

7. WCA link on City website – thanks to the efforts of Mary Farrar, president of Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour, links for district and community associations such as ours are now on the City of Kingston website and can be found at
www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/neighbourhood-profiles. We are currently reviewing our website and invite you to let us know of any items you would like to see. We also ask for volunteers to assist in updating the site. If you have the skills and a little time please contact us.

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

Fall Update

Dear Neighbours:

We are well into fall and soon we’ll be raking leaves and enjoying golden rays of sunshine in sweaters. Make sure you get out and enjoy our Williamsville Parks and the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market as well as supporting our local businesses and services. Here are some upcoming events and items that you may wish to get involved with.

1. Thursday October 10th – Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill hosts his annual Town Hall Meeting – 6:30 to 9:30pm at Calvin Park Library, 88 Wright Crescent. Opportunity for questions and answers with your Councillor and City Staff – all welcome.
AGENDA:
1) 6:30 – Refreshments & social greetings – (10 min.)
2) 6:40 – Intro & Greetings – (5 min.)
3) 7:00 – Queen’s Homecoming & Neighbourhood Policing; Catherine Wright, AMS MAC & KPF Staff Sargeant Greg Sands – (15 min.)
4) 7:15 – Infrastructure Projects; Palace Road and Princess Streets; City Engineering & Utilities Kingston, TBA (15 min.)
5) 7:30 – Williamsville Community Association Update; Pat Hodge and Sue Bazely, Co-Chairs (15 min.)
6) 7:45 – Parks Planning; Memorial Centre, Victoria, and Compton Parks; Park’s Staff, TBA (15 min.)
7) 8:00 – Wright Crescent Residential Development Update; Housing Staff, TBA (15 min.)
8) 8:15 – OMB Hearing Updates; Electoral Boundaries and Johnson St. Development – Speakers TBA – (15 min.)
9) 8:30 – Open Mike Q & A; Moderator Pat Hodge.
PLEASE NOTE: Times are approximated. We have the space until 9:15, but would greatly appreciate questions & comments being as concise and as brief as possible so that all residents interested in participating will have an opportunity to do so.

2. Williamsville District has changed dramatically
In April Kingston City Council redrew the City’s electoral boundaries and chose not to count college and university students as being residents. By doing so they reduced the number of downtown electoral districts and created a new district in Kingston’s west end. To learn more about this issue:

  • Attend a public meeting on Thursday October 10th at 7pm, KCVI Auditorium.
  • Go to the Citizens for Effective Representation website – www.ygkeffectiverepresentation.com
  • Have a look at the pamphlet that you received in the mail – Canada Post delivered it to 10,000 mailboxes in the urban core.
    Williamsville Community Association is part of the coalition of neighbourhood associations who are supporting Citizens for Effective Representation. The by-law that was passed by City Council is being appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board; the hearing begins on October 21
    at City Hall. John Grenville will be participating at the OMB hearing on behalf of the Williamsville Community Association. It is critical that those who live in Williamsville District consider the impact of not counting students, ignoring the recommendation of City staff, and eliminating one of the districts in the urban core. If you think that there’s something wrong with this, consider making a donation in support of the appeal to the OMB.
  • Donations in support of the appeal can be made online at the website or by mailing a cheque payable to Citizens for Effective Representation, to P.O. Box 582, Kingston, ON K7L 4X1

They say you can’t fight City Hall. We can with your help. Please consider a donation. www.ygkeffectiverepresentation.com

3. Update on Palace Road Construction
Please find below an update on the Palace Rd reconstruction project for the week of September 30:

  • As you may have noticed crews have been on site excavating water services and preparing to hook up buildings in the first work area to the temporary water system.
  • Full scale excavation work, which will require the closure of Palace Rd between Bath Rd and Park St to through traffic, is scheduled to begin this coming Wednesday October 9th. Work will be beginning in the intersection of Bath Rd and Palace Rd, progressing south. It is suggested
    to inform your clients/customers that while the road is closed to through traffic, your locations will remain accessible to vehicles for the near future, until the time when the excavation trench is in front of your location. Pedestrian access to businesses/offices will remain at all times.
  • Also, there will be a temporary water shut down that will occur sometime next week to facilitate hooking up individual properties to the
    temporary water supply. You will receive a minimum of 48 hours’ notice of the shutdown, hand-delivered to your location. That being said, I am
    working with Utilities Kingston and as soon as the shutdown is scheduled I will be in contact with you to provide as much as notice as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly 613-328-2509 or dochej@cityofkingston.ca

Thanks,
Derek Ochej, City of Kingston- Public Works Services, Public Education and
Promotion Coordinator

4. KCVI petition – if you have an interest in the future of Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute please make note of the following.

Dear Friends of KCVI,
We are now stepping up our campaign to save KCVI and once again need your help. This time, we need you to collect names on our petition to the Ontario Legislature.
Please, could you start collecting names on the petition (attached)?
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A HARD COPY PETITION, NOT AN ELECTRONIC ONE. SIGNATORIES MUST SIGN THE DOCUMENT WITH TEXT ON IT. DO NOT APPEND A BLANK PAGE FOR SIGNATURES. PLEASE MAKE SURE NAMES ARE LEGIBLE AND NO ONE IS SIGNING TWICE. There is no age limit, so go ahead and get high school
students’ signatures (not very young children, though).
Please drop off completed applications to:
Christine Sypnowich 249 Main Street, Barriefield Village, Kingston K7K 5S5 or Christine Sypnowich c/o Main Office, Department of Philosophy, third floor, Watson Hall, Queen’s University
OR
Arthur Cockfield 63 Hill Street, Kingston, K7L 2M7 or slip under the door of Arthur Cockfield’s office in the Law School, Room 526, Macdonald Hall, Queen’s University

5. Upcoming at St. Luke’s – Saturday November 2nd 10am to 2pm – Saturday December 7th 9am to noon.

6. 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. When we get more information we’ll let you know.

7. Williamsville Princess Street Construction – if you missed the city presentation on the planning for construction along Princess Street and some adjacent side streets for 2014, you can still get on the email update list. Included below is the presentation made by City Staff at the public session.
Contact Derek Ochej directly 613-328-2509 or dochej@cityofkingston.ca City of Kingston- Public Works Services, Public Education and Promotion Coordinator (613) 546-4291 ext 2703

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents