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Coalition of Kingston Communities Voice Concerns Over Procedure for Filling Council Vacancy

Dear Mayor Paterson, In keeping with the mission of the Coalition of Kingston Communities, that is, “to improve processes of civic engagement and accountability of City Council and City Staff,” I am writing to you to respectfully request that you decide to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy on

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Selecting a New Councillor for Countryside District

Just prior to the holiday break, on December 19th, Richard Allen announced his resignation as the Councillor for Countryside district, citing possible conflict of interest stemming from his new position as Manager for Economic Development with the County of Frontenac, as well as added family responsibilities associated with the anticipation

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2014 Municipal Election Results

The 2014 Municipal Election did not disappoint local political junkies and those with a keen interest on the goings on at City Hall!  When the polls around Kingston officially closed yesterday evening, it was still anyone’s guess as to who would emerge victorious as our new Mayor and members of City Council. While other

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Six Questions for Rick Downes

Our final mayoral candidate interview features the current councillor for Cataraqui district, Rick Downes. Downes’ record on the municipal stage includes past stints as the school trustee for the former Frontenac County Board, numerous terms as the councillor for King’s Town district, and two unsuccessful bids to become Mayor of

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Six Questions for Bryan Paterson

Bryan Paterson has served as the city councillor for Trillium District over the last four years. He first arrived in Kingston in the year 2000 as a graduate student at Queen’s University, while he is currently employed as a professor within the economic department at the Royal Military College of Canada. His contributions

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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,

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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,

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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

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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

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Early Mayoral Predictions

With election signs and campaign offices popping up all over the city, next month’s municipal election has finally started to grab our attention. Granted, we’re still in denial of the fact that summer is officially over, still in shock of Mayor Gerretsen’s decision not to seek election, and still waiting

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Questions for Kingston’s Mayoral Hopefuls

This time next month, Kingstonians will be heading to the polls to elect a new Mayor, members of City Council and School Board Trustees.  The resulting composition of City Council will be considerably different come October 28th, as three of our current Councillors (Downes, Hector and Paterson) have given up their seats in

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