Monthly Updates from the Mayor of Kingston

Bryan Paterson, Mayor of the City of Kingston has sent a monthly update about pandemic impacts in Kingston, the expansion of the Kingston Public Market, outdoor activities, Inner Harbour cleanup and addressing housing affordability in addition to Council highlights.  

I think it’s fair to say that for many of us, this is the toughest stretch of the pandemic so far. People are discouraged, fatigued, and dealing with incredible stress as public health restrictions continue to change. I just want to take a moment to emphasize how important it is to take care of yourself and to take care of each other right now. If you’re struggling, know that you’re not alone. In the newsletter below, there's a link to a post that highlights a variety of mental health resources. As we continue to face challenges as a result of the pandemic, it's okay to not be okay, and I encourage you to reach out if you need help.
As a City, Council business continues as we respond to pandemic related concerns. In this newsletter, I talk about advocating for the opening of more outdoor activities. I also discuss a council motion to support frontline health care workers, and highlight today's deadline for the Business Recovery Grant. On a different front, we learned that the federal government wants to invest $70M to cleanup Kingston's Inner Harbour. We're currently looking to learn more from Transport Canada. City Council also approved recommendations to help support local food producers and soon we'll be looking at a new zoning bylaw for the City that could help address housing affordability. More on all these topics can be found at the links below.
If you have any thoughts on these or other topics, feel free to connect with me by email at [email protected]. In the meantime, stay safe and take care!
Until next month,
Bryan
NEWS & UPDATES - March/April 2021
Advocating for Outdoor Activities
With the current provincial lockdown expected to be in place for several more weeks, I want to add my voice to those asking the Ontario government to consider allowing more outdoor activities. New provincial rules have required us to close basketball and tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and golf courses.
Taking Care of Yourself and Each Other
I think it’s fair to say that for many of us, this is the toughest stretch of the pandemic so far. People are discouraged, fatigued, and dealing with incredible stress as public health restrictions continue to change.
City Support for Frontline Hospital Workers
Ontario has been hit hard by the third wave of COVID-19. Since Kingston and the surrounding region are in a much better position than many other areas of the province, our local health care workers have been enlisted to help treat the rising number of people requiring hospital care.
Cleaning Up Kingston’s Inner Harbour
A hundred years ago, Kingston’s inner harbour looked very different with many large industrial factories, railways and shipping ports that unfortunately left behind a legacy of contamination in many areas. As a City, we’ve been working hard over the last several decades to facilitate the clean-up and redevelopment of contaminated lands along the waterfront. 
Addressing Housing Affordability with the City’s New Zoning Bylaw
The housing market is red hot in Kingston right now, and with such a strong demand for housing, it’s critical we build as much new housing as possible. Otherwise, house prices and rental rates will continue to rise quickly.
Expanding Kingston’s Public Market to Support Local Food Producers
With spring approaching, the Kingston Public Market will be returning soon here at Market Square. This year, we’re making some important changes to bring more local food options to the various markets in our community.
Financial Support for Small Businesses, Non-Profits and Artists
During this year’s budget deliberations, Council made a decision to draw $1M from the City’s reserve funds to help small businesses, non-profits and artists who have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
*Applications for the Business Recovery Grant close today. Learn More
COUNCIL UPDATES
April 21st Council Meeting
I break down the decisions of Council in three minutes or less.
April 7th Council Meeting
I break down the decisions of Council in three minutes or less.
March 24th Council Meeting
I break down the decisions of Council in three minutes or less.
March 4th Council Meeting
I break down the decisions of Council in three minutes or less.

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2021-04-30 09:57:48 -0400