City Matters: Moving statue paves way for conversations in spirit of reconciliation; Tipi Moza to offer supportive housing; and Third Crossing

 
 

In this edition of City Matters:

 

Relocating Sir John A. Macdonald statue paves the way for conversations to continue in the spirit of reconciliation

This morning, about 100 people gathered to witness the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald being moved out of City Park, a historic moment. 

On Wednesday evening Kingston City Council voted to relocate the statue to Cataraqui Cemetery, the final resting place of Canada’s first Prime Minister.
 
In making its decision to relocate the statue, Council deliberated for five hours and heard from 12 delegations.  What emerged from that discussion was the need to focus on reconciliation and continue a productive and healing conversation about Sir John A. Macdonald’s legacy. The City is committed to working with Indigenous Peoples and all residents to pursue a recontextualized presentation of that legacy.
 
The statue will be stored while the City facilitates a consultation process between the Cataraqui Cemetery and Indigenous communities. City staff will report back to Council on Aug. 10 with details on the consultation for the statue’s installation and on next steps for its previous location at City Park.
 
The History & Legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald Working Group, which recommended the relocation of the statue at its June 14 meeting, will be integral to this work. The Working Group is also supporting the City’s efforts to take meaningful steps to address issues of systemic racism and the negative impacts of colonial policies and practices in the histories that are shared about Kingston and the lands on which it is located.
 
The Council Report presented on June 16 offers further background information on reconciliation initiatives such as Engage for Change, which is a multi-phase project that seeks to re-frame the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous people in Kingston, especially as it relates to history, knowledge and culture.
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Tipi Moza to offer supportive housing at City-owned 113 Lower Union St.

Work is underway to upgrade 113 Lower Union St. to prepare it to host supportive housing for Indigenous people this fall. The City-owned building, which has 19 bedrooms, will also act as headquarters for Tipi Moza – Kingston’s only Indigenous housing provider. It will run the facility and offer cultural feedback, advice and support to the City over the next five years. 

“This partnership demonstrates a true step toward authentic Indigenous inclusion,” says Robert Rittwage, Tipi Moza Communications Director. “We are grateful for the opportunity and will continue to walk this path of healing and reconciliation, together.”

A community engagement meeting is being planned to introduce Tipi Moza and the proposed Centre to the public. See Tipi Moza’s website for details on its Kingston operations.

The need for more supportive housing spots for Indigenous people – who make up 25 per cent of shelter users – was identified by the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing.

The City acquired 113 Lower Union St. from Addiction and Mental Health Services (KFLA) for $2.15 million in May of 2020. The Kingston Youth Shelter had been using the site during the pandemic but has since moved to 805 Ridley Dr. where it will remain for the time being.
 
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Podcast - Tell me more about...
the Third Crossing Naming Campaign  The City’s Director of Heritage Services, Jennifer Campbell, tells us more about how the long-awaited Third Crossing is being named. We examine the steps for choosing this name, the power and importance of symbolic, substantive and systemic actions and how the campaign relates to Indigenous reconciliation in Kingston. 
More than half the concrete girders have been installed! 
See the progress on the Third Crossing bridge project.
 

Choosing pedestrian crossing locations to connect active transportation network

“The City is seeking input on proposed pedestrian crossing locations that reduce barriers to accessing transit and make it easier to walk, cycle and roll in Kingston,” says Matt Kussin, Manager, Transportation Policy & Programs.

A preliminary list of 37 pedestrian crossing locations that could be improved or created with funding secured from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program has been identified. It includes 11 locations that were identified in the Active Transportation Implementation Plan and 26 new locations.

“Your input will help us assess priority locations for new crossings as we work on improving the connections in Kingston’s growing active transportation network,” says Marissa Mascaro, Manager, Transportation Infrastructure, Transportation Services.

Visit GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca by 4 p.m. on July 5 to provide your input on future pedestrian crossing locations.
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Take a virtual tour of the City’s Greenhouse. Need a peaceful two-minute diversion?  Watch this video of the City’s Greenhouse in Rodden Park.
 

FYI

How do parking provisions shape future Kingston? – City Planning Services has released a discussion paper entitled “The Power of Parking: A New Parking Paradigm for Kingston?” to start a new public conversation about parking regulations on private properties – and their powerful effect on how the city grows. For instance, requiring fewer parking spots in new buildings close to active transportation connections could help Kingston achieve its climate, active transportation and housing affordability goals. The paper will be presented at the 6 p.m. June 23 meeting of the Planning Committee and was the subject of a recent virtual technical briefing to the media which you may view here.
Love Kingston this Canada Day – Celebrate Canada Day by showing your love for Kingston – shop local stores and visit restaurant patios city-wide! On Canada Day, look for these Love Kingston Marketplace activities:
  • Ontario Street will be closed from 11 a.m. until midnight to allow restaurants to expand onto the roadway.
  • Expanded patio operations on Princess, Brock and other participating downtown streets.
  • A Kids Corner in the amphitheatre of Springer Market Square adorned with Selfie Walls and ‘Chalk Art’ Stickers for posing.
  • Love Kingston Vending Stalls in the Square from 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Muskoka Chairs on Market Street (the street is closed to traffic).
  • Bistro at the Square – order items to your table from participating restaurants for contactless delivery by Sociavore.
  • The Paved Paradise art installation at Brock and Ontario streets.
  • Arts Walk – take a self-guided stroll along the waterfront from Doug Fluhrer Park to Lake Ontario Park.
 
Visit Horse and Cart in Victoria Park – A new public art piece, “Horse and Cart” by Kingston-based artist Nicholas Crombach, has been installed in Victoria Park. The playful work references an old-fashioned children’s tricycle from the horse and buggy era when Victoria Park was established. This is the City’s first large-scale permanent public art installation in over 40 years. Residents were involved throughout the design and selection process. Find more details.

 

Final Tax Bill deferred one month – In order to help alleviate some of the financial pressure property owners may have experienced as a result of COVID-19, the final property tax bill was deferred from a June deadline to July 30, 2021. Watch for your bill to arrive in the mail soon!
Seasonal watering restrictions in effect ­­– Utilities Kingston reminds you that seasonal watering restrictions are now in effect until Sept. 15. Those with odd-numbered addresses may water on odd-numbered days, while evens may water on even-numbered days.

Abiding by watering restrictions is an important community effort that helps ensure adequate supply for fire protection, and we thank you! The City's Water Bylaw allows you to:
  • Use a hand-held hose, can or bucket any time on their scheduled day
  • Use a sprinkler between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. on their scheduled day
  • Use water from their rain barrel anytime! Learn more here.

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2021-06-18 15:56:31 -0400