Six Questions for Scott Foster


Scott Foster is admittedly, and perhaps proudly, not a politician. That said, his interest in municipal affairs can be traced back to the early 1980s when he served on the City’s Planning Board, the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, and unsuccessfully bid ran to become the Public Utilities Commissioner. Originally from Winnipeg, Foster has lived in Kingston […]

Six Questions for Brenda Slomka


I love this country, our city, the outdoors, my bike, good literature, idea generation and strategic plans.  As a Student Affairs professional and engaged citizen I have budgeted, built teams and bolstered quality of life for many years. I have served on numerous committees (Building and Properties, Town and Gown, Municipal Accessibility Committee, to name […]

Six Questions for Dorothy Hector


Our mayoral candidate interview series continues today featuring Dorothy Hector. A Kingstonian and Councillor of Lakeside District since 2006, Dorothy was a member of the first class of Lady Cadets to enter the Royal Military College of Canada, where she obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her resume includes numerous other noteworthy highlights, including her […]

Six Questions for Michael J.M. Owen


Today we kick off our mayoral interview series with Michael J.M. Owen. Owen is a lifelong Kingstonian and local business owner who has cultivated an impressive resume volunteering for a host of non-profit organizations. He is self-described as “not a politician”, while he entered the 2014 municipal election with the hope of stimulating greater community involvement in […]

Community Soapbox: Innovation thrives?


As municipal candidates begin positioning about crossings, casinos and airports, an important gap in the City of Kingston’s ability to make ‘Innovation Thrive’ needs to be given significantly more attention. Making sure that Kingstonians are connected to the rest of the world through highly available and reliable internet access is becoming increasingly more important. Our […]

Pilot Program Made Possible Through Collaboration of Kingston Companies


The Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) in partnership with Thales Canada, Launch Lab and Innovation Park at Queen’s University are pleased to announce the launch of GrindSpace XL Powered by Thales Canada, a cohort-based development program that accelerates the growth of high-potential technology ventures from prototype to product to revenue. The ten-week program, which officially […]

Kingston named an international Top 7 Intelligent Community


Kingston has been named as one of the top seven most intelligent communities in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) based out of New York City. “This is a tremendous recognition for Kingston,” said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. “To be selected as a Top 7 intelligent community out of 400 globally speaks to our […]

Hall Monitor: Park The Vote


Our elected officials and city staff filled a very busy council chambers again last night for our regular council meeting and as usual, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. The meeting paused at 8:51 pm to observe a minute of silence in memory of the tragedy that struck Boston last week. The bulk of […]

Hall Monitor: Representative Cartography


While April’s meetings are a little off from our regular schedule, our council and city staff took to Council Chambers last night for our regular meeting, sort  of; and as usual, the agenda and addeds are available on the city website. I suppose I’ll get the easy part over with first. Our meeting began with a […]

Best of 2012: Hall Monitor: Check


City Council’s decisions have widespread implications for Kingston, and this past year our elected officials have ruled on everything from support for a casino to one-bag per household garbage limits and re-awarding management of the K-Rock Centre to SMG.  The meetings are epic marathons even for devoted political observers. Keeping up with the goings-on at […]