Surveys and Feedback

February happenings

Dear Neighbours,

We are almost at the mid-point of February and it seems as if winter has just arrived, but the days are getting noticeably longer and the birds chirpier. We hope you find opportunity to get out and enjoy some winter activities.

You probably received a few emails following the last Williamsville newsletter and were puzzled as to why you were receiving them. We had a small problem which we have resolved. The WCA email list is used to circulate information about upcoming activities and events in Williamsville and items that will have an effect on our neighbourhoods. Your email address is not used for any other purpose nor is it made available to anyone. The email distribution system is designed so that no one can see anyone else’s email address.

The email list is not intended as a forum for discussion of concerns. However, we recognize that there may be neighbourhood issues to be discussed and if there is anyone in the WCA who would like to be involved in managing a system for on-line conversations, please let us know.

We hope that everyone receiving this newsletter will continue to find its content useful. Please submit any items of interest to the neighbourhood to williamsvilleca@gmail.com

1. Walk On Program – at the M-Centre

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 to 10:00am. Offered through Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health in partnership with the City of Kingston and Limestone District School Board, challenges Kingstonians to get out during the winter and stay active by walking. Other locations in Kingston include Invista Centre Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9-10am, LaSalle Secondary School Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm, and Rideau Heights Public School Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm. Check out the full schedule.

2. Official Plan Update Thursday February 16

Staff will present a final draft of the Official Plan along with a recommendation to Planning Committee on February 16, 2017 at 6:30pm in Council Chambers, City Hall. A copy of the final draft has been posted on the project webpage. Revisions made in advancing the final draft have been summarized in a document also available via the webpage (see “Summary of Revisions”).

If you have questions regarding the Plan or next steps in this project please feel free to send Greg Newman (gnewman@cityofkingston.ca) an email.

3. M-Centre Market

Open Sunday 10am to 2pm in Princess St. United Church Hall, corner of Albert & Princess. Come for seasonal produce, delicious prepared foods, crafts and a variety of locally made products, music and kids activities. A delicious pancake breakfast will be on offer March 26th.

4. Street Closing Public Consultation Wednesday February 22

Winston Churchill School 6:00 – 7:30pm. A public consultation session will look at the implications of closing Napier Street, between Brock and Mack. “Late last year, council asked City staff to explore the desirability and implications of closing this stretch of Napier Street,” says Julie Salter-Keane, community projects manager.

Come to Winston Churchill School, 530 Earl St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 to provide your input into council’s proposal. Or go to the City’s website to review the proposal and submit your comments to Julie Salter-Keane, community projects manager (jsalter-keane@cityofkingston.ca) by Friday, February 24.

The portion of Napier Street under discussion runs between Churchill Park and 671 Brock St., a former school property. That property is under consideration to be redeveloped to include public parkland, affordable housing and private market housing. The City’s website has details on 671 Brock St..

5. Public Engagement Framework

An invitation from Lanie Hurdle, Commissioner, Community Services & Deputy CAO’. Following a series of public consultations in 2016, the City of Kingston has developed a draft Public Engagement Framework. As with the first set of consultations, the City has planned a number of ways Kingstonians can choose to offer input on the draft Framework. Our goal is to develop an engagement process that will be clear, fair and collaborative as we develop plans, policies and positions on issues facing our community.

SURVEY

We will be asking the public to review the draft Public Engagement Framework and provide input in the form of a survey. The survey will be live mid-February.

OPEN HOUSE

We are hosting an open house on Wednesday, March 8th from 4-7 p.m. at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge Street. Drop by the open house to learn more about the draft Public Engagement Framework and offer input.

You are encouraged to participate and provide input on the framework.

NEXT STEPS

We will compile comments and make updates to the draft Public Engagement Framework.

6. University District Summit

On Feb 11th, members of the WCA met with other residents, Queen’s students and staff, city staff and councillors, and landlords for the University District Summit organized by the AMS Municipal Affairs Commission. The goal of the well organized meeting was to look for solutions to problems surrounding where and how students live. Much of the discussion was based on the results of this survey which appears to show that the majority of students who replied would prefer to live in a “family detached house” for up to 5 students. We expect to receive a summary of the input from the day long event.

Please support our Williamsville businesses, agencies and activities in our neighbourhoods and community.

The next meeting of the Williamsville Community Association is Monday February 20th. Please contact us if you are interested in being involved in Williamsville activities.

Happy 2017!

Dear Neighbours,

Greetings and best wishes for 2017 as we start this new year. We hope that you had a peaceful holiday, and we look forward to good things for Williamsville in the year to come. Here are a few items to get you started:

1. Thursday January 12 – Williamsville North On-Street Parking Public Info Session

The City began consultation and evaluation work in the neighbourhood last summer looking at the on-street parking regulations and whether changes, including on-street permits, were warranted to address some of the parking issues that have been observed. Since the first public information session last June City staff have been mapping the area, consulting with stakeholders and developing a proposal to recommend to Council.

Prior to finalizing the recommendation to Council staff will host an information session outlining the proposed changes on Thursday, Jan 12 at 6:00p.m. in the meeting room at Princess Street United Church (484 Albert Street). This meeting will allow residents and stakeholders to view the potential changes to parking regulations at both a neighbourhood and street level and will afford staff an opportunity to answer any questions and hear comments about the proposal. Mapping of the proposed on-street parking regulations for the Williamsville area north of Princess Street can be found on the City’s website.

The project website allows an opportunity for you to review the information before the meeting or to provide comments if you are not able to attend in person. If you cannot attend the meeting and/or wish to provide comments back to Ian Semple electronically please send him an email or give a phone call (work: 613-546-4291 ext. 2306 or cell: 613-453-1585).

At the information session staff will also provide a brief presentation beginning at 6:15 p.m. that speaks to:

  • Rationale for undertaking the on-street parking study and the size of area that was considered
  • Resident and other stakeholder comments received to date and how these comments have been incorporated into the proposal
  • An overview of the changes proposed for on-street parking
  • Review of the residential parking permit, the need for the permit, and the associated fee
  • Next steps

2. AMS Housing Survey

Please assist our friends of Queen’s Alma Mater Society. This is an opportunity for those living near campus to “rate” and/or discuss their experiences in terms of interactions with students and their housing. This survey is distributed to students, landlords, and residents, in order to get a range of opinions; and will be used to drive the discussions occurring at the University District Summit being planned for February.

AMS Commissioner of Municipal Affairs Francis Campbell attends WCA monthly meetings and asks that you please assist the Queen’s AMS with feedback through the survey.

myAMS | @AMS_MAC | University District

3. Electric pole line reconstruction to affect Williamsville district

Ongoing until March 2017, Utilities Kingston will reconstruct overhead pole lines in the Williamsville district that have reached the end of their useful life. The utility is providing this notice to let customers know about power outages, street disruptions and tree trimming that will be needed over the coming months to help facilitate the work. The project will help ensure the continued safety and reliability of the Kingston Hydro electricity distribution system that is operated and maintained by Utilities Kingston. The work is part of a capital plan, approved by the Ontario Energy Board in Kingston Hydro’s five-year electricity distribution plan that determined the company’s electricity distribution rates effective January 1, 2016 through to 2020.

The following streets will be affected:

  • Division Street, between Concession and Princess . Adelaide Street, between Division and Alfred . Stanley Street, between Division and Alfred
  • York Street, between Division and Pine . Chatham Street, between York and Princess . Linton Street, off Chatham . Elm Street, between Chatham and Alfred

As part of this work, Utilities Kingston will:

  • Install new utility poles, reducing the number of poles from 69 to 60 for efficiency.
  • Install nearly three kilometres of overhead electric lines.
  • Replace 20 transformers.
  • Relocate hydro poles to the opposite side of the street on Division Street (between Concession and Pine, and Colborne and Raglan). This will improve safety and allow us to bring equipment up to today’s standards.

The work will also result in improved system redundancy to reduce future power outages. Residents should be prepared for the following disruptions over the coming months:

Power outages:

This reconstruction project will require power outages. Utilities Kingston will make every effort to provide as much notice to customers as possible, using news releases, social media and website updates, as appropriate.

Street disruptions:

This work will also require lane reductions, lane closures and road closures. The availability of parking may also be reduced at times.

Tree trimming and removals:

To maintain proper clearances around power lines for safety reasons, Utilities Kingston will trim or remove some trees. Did you know? For every one tree removed, Kingston Hydro funds the planting of two trees in the city.

If you’re considering new trees or shrubs near power lines, know the right trees to plant in the right place for electrical safety – with information from the Electrical Safety Authority. For more information, including updates on planned power outages, please visit the Utilities Kingston website or call customer service at 613-546-0000.

4. Window Art Gallery – Two Print Makers Under Pressure – Featuring Barb Carr and Jane Hamilton-Khaan

Reception Sunday January 15 from 3-5pm or drop in anytime at 647a Princess Street at the corner of Victoria. (Gallery hours) For a preview of some of the pieces, see the Window Art Gallery website.

5. Memorial Centre Market – now open Sundays in Princess Street United Church Hall

The market is open Sundays 10am to 2pm at Princess St. United Church Hall, 484 Albert Street, corner of Princess & Albert now through April. There’s still a great variety of produce, crafts and prepared meals, as well as music and kids activities.

Please support our Williamsville businesses and agencies!
The next WCA working group meeting takes place Monday January 23rd at 7:00pm. Please let us know if you would like to get involved.

Goodbye to Fall

Dear Neighbours,

Although we had a long run of very pleasant fall weather, the reality of the change of season has hit with lots of the white stuff. There are, however, many events and activities in and around Williamsville in the coming weeks that you may be interested in. We are sad to hear that John’s Delicatessen has closed, it will be greatly missed in the neighbourhood. We ask that you please support our Williamsville businesses, agencies and organizations. They have much to offer.

City of Kingston Zoning By-Law Update

Come chat with City planners about draft City-wide Zoning Bylaw

“We know Kingstonians are interested in zoning – and the introduction of the draft of the City-wide Zoning Bylaw makes this the perfect time to sit down and talk about what’s in the draft, answer zoning questions and get feedback from the public,” says Laura MacCormick, project manager, planning, building and licensing.

The first draft of the City of Kingston’s new City-wide Zoning Bylaw is now available online.

Drop by to speak with City planning staff during any of these Zoning Chats:

  • Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8 a.m. to noon in John Counter Room, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
  • Monday, Nov. 28 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Glenburnie Fire Hall, 1485 Unity Rd.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30 – 6 to 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
  • Monday, Dec. 5 – 2 to 6 p.m. in John Counter Room, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7 – 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot St.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13 – 8 a.m. to noon, 1211 John Counter Blvd.
  • Saturday, Dec. 17 – Noon to 3 p.m., Gore Rd. Fire Hall, 211 Gore Rd.

Right now, the City has five zoning bylaws regulating property-use in Kingston. Once completed, the City-wide Zoning Bylaw will guide how people use land and buildings – and what kinds of buildings can be built where.

Zoning bylaws outline permitted:

  • Types of buildings.
  • Location.
  • Building height.
  • Property size.
  • Parking and other amenities and features.

The existing zoning bylaws are also online here.

Farmers’ Market Update

The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market has moved into the Bennett Barn for November and December. The Holiday Market hours are Sunday 10AM to 2PM. Lots to see, buy and eat, gifts, crafts and more.

Information from the Coalition of Kingston Communities

Wednesday November 23, 6:00pm, Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario St. Salon A. ALL WELCOME!

The Fight for Open Government – One Year On – Last November, 20 community groups established the Coalition of Kingston Communities to improve processes of civic engagement and City accountability.

  • We provided meaningful critiques of City planning
  • We urged a necessary Council integrity investigation
  • We called the City to account on projects contrary to established policies
  • We provided systematic scrutiny of proposed changes to the Official Plan
  • We spoke up for the Heritage Kingston committee

BUT THE PROBLEMS AT CITY HALL CONTINUE… Projects proceeding without proper process. Public input AFTER decisions. KEDCO’s accountability unresolved. Heritage committee sidelined. OMB appeals. Council integrity questioned. Public relations, NOT public engagement. We need you! Tell us about your neighbourhood’s problems! Let’s find solutions together!

Princess Street United

There are a variety of events at the corner of Princess & Albert.

  • Saturday November 26 Christmas Bazaar 10 am – 2 pm.
  • Saturday December 10 Nightlight Christmas Dinner. Volunteers are needed to assist, if you can help please contact the office 613-542-6112.
  • Tuesday December 13 Arty Party in the Gym 6 – 8pm. Cost: $40 – An evening of socializing and painting! Your friendly and helpful instructor Alanah, will guide you step by step through an evening of creativity and fun. No experience required, and no stress allowed. It will take approximately 2 hours to complete your masterpiece, which will make a fantastic gift to give this holiday season. All supplies are included in the ticket price. Have fun, get creative, and make something special this Christmas season. Participants are asked to bring hors d’ouevres or a snack to share. Coffee, tea and juice will be provided. Reserve your spot by contacting the office 613-542-6112.
  • Wednesday December 21 Packing & Delivery Day of Christmas Baskets at Sydenham Street Church. Helpers needed!
  • Saturday December 3 at St. Luke’s – Annual breakfast with Santa and St. Nicholas. Starts at 9:00am to noon at 236 Nelson St. Come for a yummy breakfast, games and songs, crafts and activities. Free event.

Have you tried Don Cherry’s feature nights yet?

Why not head over for: 2 for 1 wings every Monday; free pool every Sunday; open mic/karaoke every Thursday at 8:30pm. Find them at 692 Princess St. near Victoria.

The next meeting of the WCA Working Group is Monday November 28. If would like to get involved please contact us.

More Fall Williamsville Happenings

Dear Neighbours,

As the days get shorter and cooler, there are many things happening in Williamsville neighbourhoods in the coming weeks.

The following item is for information to anyone interested from the Sunnyside neighbourhood parkland.

1. Notice Re: Meeting Concerning St. Joseph/St Mary Site

Council will be considering a motion to reconsider their current proposal for the above site on November 1. Many people have asked those who are involved with the neighbourhood issue how they might contact councillors and what they might write. Therefore, on Tuesday, October 25, people who are interested in discussing the ‘next steps’ in this ongoing debate are invited to come to a meeting at St. Luke’s Church Hall from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. This will not be a meeting with city staff – just those who are interested in pursuing more parkland for this site.

If you cannot make it and would like to discuss this, please email John Clements or email Constance Adamson.

2. Wednesday October 26 – Annual Town Hall with Councillor Jim Neill

Join Councillor Neill from 6:00-9:00pm at Princess Street United – Princess St. at Albert for presentations and discussion on several items.

AGENDA:

  • 6:15 – 7:00:  Neighbourhood Groups. (Our Neighbourhood & Williamsville Association)
  • 7:00 – 7:30:  Planning & Williamsville Corridor.
    • Zoning & OP. Proposed Podium Development. (Director Paige Agnew and/or Designate)
  • 7:30 – 8:00:  Housing and Parks.
    • St. Mary’s/St. Joseph’s Update. (Director Sheldon Laidman and/or Designate)
    • Parks Update – Victoria Park and M-Centre. (Commissioner Lanie Hurdle and/or Designate)
  • 8:00 – 8:30:  Public Transit and Neighbourhood Parking. (Director Sheila Kidd and/or Designate)
  • 8:30 – 9:00:   District Councillor Jim Neill – Q & A.

3. October 30: Pumpkin Carving – Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

Market-goers and vendors can purchase a pumpkin, and make use of provided tools to carve their jack-o-lanterns! No mess at home! Come out and have fun at the M-Centre Market while picking up local produce and crafts.

4. Wednesday November 16 – St. Luke’s Bridge and Luncheon

Takes place at 236 Nelson St. at noon. Make sure to reserve your table, $10 per person, by calling 613-542-5501. And don’t forget the annual fall bazaar and luncheon takes place Saturday October 29 at St. Luke’s 10am to 2pm.

5. Saturday November 26 – Princess St. United Christmas Bazaar

Takes place at 484 Albert St. at Princess, 10am to 2pm. Baked goods, crafts, items for all ages. Soup, sandwich and dessert lunch. For info call 613-546-7151 or 613-544-3259

If you are interested in getting involved with activities in Williamsville please contact us.

End of Summer

Labour Day is upon us and soon we will all be back to our regular routines or new ones. There are a number of Williamsville items to review and fall activities soon to start.

1. Williamsville Parking Survey

As a follow up to the on-street parking program information session that was held in your neighbourhood in June the City has prepared an online survey to gather additional input from residents. The survey is on the City’s website now. It is short survey geared towards the on-street parking needs specific to the residential users in your neighbourhood but any and all comments are welcome. The survey closes September 9.

The City’s parking website has also been updated with the presentations from the information session, frequently asked questions, and a map of the potential area.

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact Ian Semple directly at 613-546-4291 ext. 2306 or isemple@cityofkingston.ca

2. Kingston Gets Active Month

September 2 to 30 – encourages healthy living with 151 free activities. Improve your health by trying a new sport or participating in a wellness challenge during Kingston Gets Active Month. The event offers 151 free activities at facilities throughout the city. The City of Kingston is one of many community organizations offering free activities during the month-long campaign.

During Kingston Gets Active, you can:

  • Try a new sport such as fencing, swimming, yoga, curling, cheerleading, kickboxing or skating.
  • Pick up a free Kingston Transit pass at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre to help you get to KGA Month activities.
  • Like Kingston Gets Active on Facebook to receive daily updates on free activities being offered.
  • Borrow a free Play Kit from the KGA Play Library.

The schedule of KGA Month activities and locations can be found online. Kingston Gets Active is an effort by Canadian Sport for Life Kingston, which seeks to improve the quality of sport and physical activity of Kingston residents.

3. Fall Programs Start in Williamsville – there are many organizations offering a variety of activities and programs in Williamsville, so why not check them out.

  • Kingston Archery Club – beginner lessons start September 24 http://kingstonarcheryclub.org/current-lessons
  • Kingston School of Art – programs start September 19 http://www.ksoa.info/
  • YMCA – programming throughout the fall
  • Janati Yoga – still has community yoga at the M-Centre Farmers’ Market Sunday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 until Thanksgiving. Fall programs also available
  • Taylored Training – fitness studio offers a three week trial
  • 5678 Dance Studio – term starts September 12

4. New Development Proposal for Williamsville

The City has provided notice of a new development proposal for Princess Street to stretch the whole block from Frontenac to Albert on the north side. Podium Development is proposing to construct an 11-storey building comprised of 456 units with 610 bedrooms (309 units will be bachelor apartments, the rest will be mostly two bedroom units with some a few one bedroom and some three bedroom units) with 132 parking spaces. There will be commercial space on the ground floor. There are a number of significant variances being requested. The parkland dedication land will be provided on the south side of Princess Street running from Albert Street to Taylored Training. Although not yet confirmed, it is anticipated that the public meeting for the project will be held on Thursday 6 October in the Council Chambers at City Hall. If you would like more details, go to the DASH website. Scroll down to Supporting Information to see all the consultant’s reports. The best one to have a look at is the Planning Justification/Rationale. If you have any problems accessing the material contact John Grenville (john.grenville@cogeco.ca) and he will send you a copy.

5. Town Hall with Councillor Jim Neill

Pencil in Thursday October 13 at Calvin park Library for this opportunity for an update from Williamsville’s Councillor.

6. Empty Bowls October 23

Martha’s Table 17th annual fundraiser is held at the University Club. Tickets are only $35 each – with admission you get to choose a one of a kind hand made pottery bowl, choose soup from at least 18 local restaurants, enjoy dessert and tea/coffee, silent auction room all surrounded by live music!

As always we ask that you support our Williamsville businesses and services.
The next meeting of the WCA working group takes place September 19. Please contact us if you would like to get involved.

It’s Summer

Yes, summer is here and there are lots of things that need attention, but most of all it’s a time for fun, family and some relaxation. There are a few things upcoming for Williamsville that you may wish to take note of:

1. July 6 – Richardson Stadium Revitalization

There is a Richardson Stadium revitalization information session happening on July 6 as part of Queen’s ongoing consultation and outreach process. Members of the project team will be on hand to provide an update to the community on the construction of the stadium and to answer any questions or address concerns about the project.

The information session takes place Wednesday, July 6 at 6 pm in room 101 of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies building at 28 Division St. Further information is available on the Richardson Stadium revitalization website.

2. July 10 – M-Centre Market moves to the grass

Yes, starting Sunday the market will locate in the lush shade of the grassed area in front of the arena building. Check their Facebook page for updates and events and happenings.

3. Parking Ratios for New Developments

The City of Kingston invites local builders and residents to a meeting on proposed updates to parking ratios for building projects in the Williamsville Main Street, downtown and harbour areas and the Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw. Two meetings take place:

  • Wednesday July 13th from 1 pm in Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
  • Thursday July 14th, 9 am in Meeting Rm C, INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.

“Because the City wants to continue to encourage intensification in its core, we need to find a fair way to address the potential parking demand associated with greater use of our downtown and Williamsville areas,” says Marnie Venditti, senior manager, client relations and development services. Builders are required to supply a certain number of parking spaces for a site under development. The proposed updates outline suggested parking ratios that are appropriate for the types of redevelopment expected in these areas and reflect active transportation options, such as transit, cycling and walking. The updated parking ratios will provide a basis for an updated Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw and offer an additional opportunity for builders to meet the number of parking spaces required for their building site. The City’s planning division and transportation services department have been working with the consultant MMM Group to finalize the proposed updates to the bylaws which will change a number of the parking ratios required by City zoning and expand the City’s Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw’s scope and area.

An information report on this effort will go to the planning committee at its July 7 meeting.

Marnie Venditti, MCIP, RPP
Senior Manager, Client Relations & Development Services
Building Planning and Licensing Services

4. City still seeks input on upgrades to Memorial Centre and Third Avenue playgrounds

The meeting is over but you can still provide input by email. Send comments by email to Laurie Paquin by July 15.

Concept plans are on the City’s website.

Information on Third Ave and other parks – just scroll down to Memorial Centre Park or whichever park you would like to find out about.

Please note that all the existing playground equipment at the M-Centre will stay, but may be moved to add the proposed new structures.

As always, please continue to support our Williamsville businesses, agencies and organizations.
The next meeting of the WCA takes place July 18th. Please get in touch if you are interested in being involved.

Late Spring Update

There are several items coming up in the next few weeks that may be of interest from parking and pedestrian crossings to strawberry socials and archery. Please take a look and see what interests you concerning Williamsville.

1. Wednesday June 15th – On-Street Parking Program Public Information Session

The City is hosting an information session about on-street parking concerns and program options within the Williamsville area next Wednesday, June 15th at 6pm in the auditorium of St. Luke’s Church at 236 Nelson Street. City staff are aware of some of the parking concerns faced by residents in the area, primarily related to non-resident use of the on-street parking supply, raised by residents and the WCA last fall. Please attend this meeting to learn more about the program and provide input on the parking concerns that you have in the area. See the map of the area under consideration (Princess, Macdonnell, Concession, Division) and if you cannot attend you can email comments to Ian Semple, transportation service development manager at isemple@cityofkingston.ca or call 546-4291 ext. 2306.

2. June & July – Free Workshop to Manage Home Drainage

Learning how storm water and rainfall should be handled on a property can help conserve water and reduce the risk of water damage, while helping to protect neighbours from basement flooding and sewage back-ups. Utilities Kingston invites homeowners to participate in a free workshop to help them manage excess water on their property and prevent basement flooding, and comply with the City of Kingston’s “Sewer Use By-law”. Register today using the online form.

Have standing water on your property? Notice your sump pump running frequently? The Everything Drainage workshop is for you. It’s also for homeowners who would like to make every raindrop count to conserve tap water.

You will learn:

  • Home Drainage 101
  • Simple, do-it-yourself drainage solutions
  • About the Preventative Plumbing Program – the popular financial assistance program to help homeowners install plumbing measures that reduce the risk of sewage back-ups and basement flooding
  • How to manage standing or excess water using landscaping and rainscaping techniques

The three-hour workshop, offered at the times below, takes place at the Utilities Kingston Water Conservation Garden, 1211 John Counter Blvd.

  • Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m.

To register, use our quick and easy-to-use online form or call 613-546-0000 and say ‘conservation’.

3. Pedestrian Safety While Crossing Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard

Concerns have been raised about the lack of safe pedestrian crossings between Bath Road and Johnson Street. The recently formed Sir John A Macdonald Safety Working Group has been meeting and discussing the issue with councillors for Williamsville, Portsmouth and Sydenham Districts and city staff. An online petition has been organized and outlines the details of the concerns. The working group, made up of residents from Williamsville, Portsmouth and Sydenham, would appreciate neighbourhood support to help bring about a solution. Please go to the working group’s webpage for more information and to sign the petition.

4. St. Luke’s Strawberry Social Wednesday June 22nd

The social takes place at 236 Nelson St. at 6:00pm. Adults $8, children $4. Come enjoy fresh berries atop cake and ice cream. Plus the bake table features all kinds of homemade pies, cakes, cookies, as well as fresh picked berries for sale. Don’t miss out!

5. Summer Archery Lessons

Lessons begin July 7th to August 25th. If you’re looking for something fun to try this summer why not learn archery at the Kingston Archery Club. Eight one-hour lessons for beginners and advanced beginners at the indoor range at St. Luke’s 236 Nelson St. For more information and registration details go to the club’s website.

6. Skeleton Park Festival starts June 22nd

Skeleton Park Arts Fest and the concurrent MPNA solstice games are coming soon! Why not join our neighbours to the east?

The Festival will be held this year, June 22-26. The park starts getting busy on Friday, June 24, and the busiest days in the park will be Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. See the festival website to get yourself up to date with all the coming events. Be sure to check out the Friends of Skeleton Park portion of the website to see opportunities to contribute. Please consider contributing your volunteer time, or making a financial contribution to support this great neighbourhood event.

As always please support our local Williamsville businesses and agencies, and remember the market is in full swing Sundays 9am to 2pm at the M-Centre. You might even catch a bit of cricket!

The next working group meeting of the WCA takes place Monday June 20th. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us.

Spring, or is it Summer, is Here!

Dear Neighbours,

Yes, looks like spring has arrived in full force and it is now more like summer. Here are a few events and activities that you may be interested in attending, supporting or participating in:

1. Kingston Transit Service Review

Community input will help shape the Transit Service Plan for the next five years. Your feedback is important so please complete the online survey as soon as you can. Closes May 27th, 2016.

2. M-Centre Playground and Victoria Park

If you are wondering what is going on with these two Williamsville park upgrades, here is an update from the city.

They hope to meet with the community in late June on both the Memorial Centre playground expansion and the Third Avenue Park playground renovation. The concept plans are coming together well. They should be able to provide a more firm date soon.

The Victoria Park renovation project is at the contractor selection phase. It is a very complicated project, taking much more time than anticipated, and the community is thanked for its patience. If all goes according to plan, construction should start late summer/early fall. Updates will be provided when available.

3. M-Centre Market

After a successful indoor winter market, the MCFM moved outside on May 8th for the season. The market has increased in size and scope with new vendors in both crafts and food including a couple of bakeries, a cider company and a chocolatier!

Over the season many fun and food events are planned including Local Food Week, The Zucchini 500, Picnic in the Park and the Burger Bash. Regular features such as yoga classes, live music, cooking demos and the kid’s tent are up and running. Please visit their Facebook page for details of what is happening each week. Official opening is during local food week June 12th.

4. Health & Wellness Opportunities

Seminars and classes in Williamsville at Taylored Training and Janati Yoga

Taylored Training Seminar Series

Join these Williamsville fitness studio coaches for insights into a variety of fitness and wellness topics. Each month Taylored Training hosts a seminar on a focused topic in the realm of health and fitness. Although conceived and designed for members, this series is available to the Kingston Community at a nominal cost. TT’s mission is to change the way people experience fitness and more importantly to educate and inspire our community! You can keep updated on monthly seminars available by checking their website OR their facebook fanpage

Upcoming seminars at 574 Princess St. at Frontenac:
June 25th 11am
Powerlifting, Strength Training, Bone Health and Empowering Women to be Strong! Presented by Vanessa Gigiuere M.Sc, NSCA – CPT

July (Date TBD)
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (you don’t have to just ‘deal with incontinence’) – You don’t have to just ‘deal with it’. Presented by Cassie Dionne PT, BPHE, MScPT

Janati Yoga

Offers free community yoga classes at the M-Centre Market from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. See them on the lawn from 10:00 to 11:00 am. For more info on Janati Yoga visit them at 16 Bath Road, unit 21 or their website

As always, please support out Williamsville businesses and agencies.

The next WCA working group meeting is June 20th. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us.

May and More

Dear Neighbours,
There’s a lot happening in May in Williamsville and across the city so here is a list of events and activities you may wish to attend. And don’t forget about Mario Andretti on Thursday May 5th at Fielding’s Tire & Auto 10:45 to 12:30.

1. Official Plan Review Process

Open House: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 5:00pm Memorial Hall, City Hall 216 Ontario Street The Open House will include an informal opportunity to review the revised OP schedules and policy sections followed by a presentation by staff (at 6:30pm) and an opportunity for formal input by interested members of the public.

Public Meeting: Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:30pm Council Chambers, City Hall 216 Ontario Street. A statutory public meeting will discuss the third draft of the OP.

2. Jane’s Walks – May 7th and 8th

Jane’s Walk is an annual international event, named for the late Jane Jacobs who was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Best known for her influence on urban studies and her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) Jane introduced the concepts of “eyes on the street” and “social capital”. Her grassroots efforts stimulated residents’ interest in their own neighbourhoods and precipitated a world-wide phenomenon of volunteer citizen-led tours. Come for a stimulating selection of tours on a variety of subjects throughout Kingston including at the Inner Harbour, Barriefield Heritage District, Williamsville Main Street, Old Sydenham Heritage District, the Insane Asylum and Church of the Good Thief.

Our own Williamsville walk takes place Sunday May 8th starting at 10:30am departing from 449 Princess Street next to Shopper’s at Division and ends at the water tower on Tower Street. Was there really a bridge across Princess Street at Alfred? Why are there so many empty lots? Why did the British military buy all of the land between University Avenue and Nelson? What developments have been approved and are planned for Williamsville Main Street? How long has there been a water tower on Tower Street? Where is the hamlet of Williamsville? Join the tour for an eclectic mix of information and an enjoyable walk up Princess Street with your neighbours.

3. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

– you know the outdoor season has begun when … opening day is Sunday May 8th at the M-Centre from 10am to 2pm. See you at the Market!

4. City of Kingston: Developing a Communications Strategy

– The City is hosting three public workshops (registration required) to gather input into a public engagement strategy that will guide when and how the City consults with you about City work.

For full details, go to the City’s website

5. St. Luke’s Ham Dinner

– on Saturday May 14th at 6pm head over to St. Luke’s, 236 Nelson Street, for a Ham Dinner. Tickets are $15 please call 542-5501 Monday to Friday before noon to reserve yours, advance sales only.

Events coming soon to nearby neighbourhoods:

Skeleton Park Arts Festival

The festival will be held this year, June 22-26, see the website to see what’s getting put together.

Vision For Kingston Meeting

Are high rises really the best solution for population densification in Kingston’s downtown?
Panel discussion followed by Q&A. Panelists speaking from a variety of perspectives include Helen Finley (Heritage Advocate), Prof. Robert MacDermid (York University Finance Specialist), Laurie Davey-Quantick (Downtown Business Owner), Christine Sypnowich (Chair, Coalition of Kingston Communities), Patricia Streich (Queen’s School of Urban and Regional Planning) and John LeBlancq (Design/Builder). IN ADDITION – Tim Soper has created an AMAZING SCALE MODEL with moveable buildings showing the effects of the proposed high rises on the downtown and how alternatives can work better. Tim will be available from 6 pm to share his model and answer any questions you might have.
Date: Wed, May 11, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Location: Wilson Room, Downtown Public Library, Johnson St.

Commuter Challenge Info Session, May 10

This year’s Commuter Challenge will take place June 5th to June 11th, 2016. The aim is to encourage individuals in the City of Kingston to take a more sustainable form of transportation (e.g., transit, cycling, walking, carpool) for their daily commuting to work – or play! As persons and/or employees track their active commuting on the National Commuter Challenge website they will be able to see the total kilometers traveled, litres of fuel saved and reduction in carbon footprint. The info session will help you:

  • get prepared for the Commuter Challenge,
  • network with other local Commuter Challenge champions,
  • maximize employee and individual participation, and
  • come away with innovative and creative ideas for the week!

Date: Tues, May 10th, 2016
Time: 8:30 to10:00 am.
Location: KFL&A Public Health Office, 221 Portsmouth Ave Kingston Ontario
Please RSVP to peter.bearse@kflapublichealth.ca by Fri, MAY 5, 2016

Kingston Community House, 99 York St.

Annual fundraising evening in association with the Domino Theatre – 12 Angry Men
Date: Wed, May 4
Time: 8 pm
Location: Domino Theatre
More info
Contact: Daniel at 343-989-0930, or daniel.beals@gmail.com.
Kingston Community House has a 30+ year tradition of offering an affordable central space for community members and organizations to meet and come together to learn, share, and grow. Find out more on their website.

The next meeting of the WCA Working Group takes place Monday May 16th. Please contact us if you wish to come out and join the discussion.

Spring Time

Dear Neighbours,

Soon we welcome spring and people will spend more time outdoors in our Williamsville neighbourhood. We hope you will continue to enjoy what we have in our community and support our local organizations and businesses. Here are some activities and opportunities.

1. Bridge & Luncheon – Wednesday April 13th

Noon at St Luke’s Church Hall 236 Nelson Street. Tickets are $10 per person, please call 613-542-5501 to reserve a table.

2. Archery Lessons start April 16th

If you’ve ever wanted to try archery, you can do it right in Williamsville with the Kingston Archery Club. For details and registration go to http://kingstonarcheryclub.org/

3. Williamsville Community Association Annual Town Hall – Monday April 18th

Starting at 7:00pm hosted by Don Cherry’s Bar & Grill, 692 Princess Street near Victoria. Join us for:

  • A retrospective on the Williamsville Main Street Study – Greg Newman, City of Kingston
  • An update on Williamsville happenings in the past year – WCA
  • Rebuilding a business in Williamsville – Don Cherry’s Bar & Grill
  • Development plans update – Podium Developments
  • Q & A with Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill
  • Social time with your neighbours

Come out and enjoy an informative evening in the newly opened Don Cherry’s.
We encourage you to take out membership for 2016 at this time.

4. Meet Racing Legend Mario Andretti – Thursday May 5th

Right here in Williamsville at Fielding’s Tire & Auto, your Firestone dealer, 900 Princess St. from 10:45am to 12:30pm http://www.fieldingstireauto.ca/

5. Jane’s Walk – May 7th and 8th

Walks are taking place in a variety of Kingston locations.
Jane’s Walk is an annual international event, named for the late Jane Jacobs who was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Here’s a 1957 quote from her when living in New York:

No one can find what will work for our cities by … manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.

She later moved to Toronto where she lived until her death in 2006.
“You’ve got to get out and walk” underpins the annual weekend event, held in early May to coincide with Jane Jacobs’s birthday. But “walk” is interpreted liberally, as Jane Jacobs meant that one had to get around under human power. So bicycles, tricycles, scooters and other human-moved wheels are also welcome on some of the Jane’s Walks that people create.

In 2015, there were 5 walks in Kingston on Jane’s Walk weekend. You can still see them on the Jane’s Walk website at http://janeswalk.org/canada/kingston/ even though they were held last year. This year we will be doing a walk of Williamsville’s Main Street.

Stay tuned! The website will be updated as further plans firm up. But you don’t need to just wait for information from this e-newsletter or the website. Do you have an idea for a walk? Would you like to contribute to building community by creating a walk?

6. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

Continues indoors at Princess Street United, corner of Princess and Albert, Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Great selection of local foods and crafts, entertainment and kids activities http://www.memorialcentrefarmersmarket.com/

The next Williamsville Community Association working group meeting takes place Monday March 21st. Please contact us if you are interested in attending and getting involved.