Monthly Archives: September 2014

Goodbye Councillor Glover

City Council Meeting September 23, 2014

Jason here. Last night’s meeting was a short one – no time consuming, but necessary ‘recommend’ from the C.A.O. but, once again Jason is struck by the importance attached to a presentation at City Council. This is Council at its best. In this case it was a presentation on behalf of St. John Ambulance to Kaitlyn Woodman, Duncan Pyke and Tony Hamilton for their role in saving the life of Gus Brown. Everyone was there, the Chamber was full. Pictures were taken. The presentations were made and then everyone left. I guess the other reports, on Poverty Reduction and Immigration were not as interesting.

Council will miss Councillor Glover. One wonders – as he leaves for Winnipeg -if he could have had more influence if he had the ability to change the mind of just one west end Councillor- this is most true on the issue of apartments in Cellars. Council is determined to intensify and this is supported by the Official Plan. Council will accept almost anything that ‘intensifies’. Thus intensification is seen as a left/right issue with Councillors who are noted ‘left wingers’ resisting intensification and those on the ‘right’ pushing it. One wonders what will become of our city if all matters are viewed through this lens. A continual vote split 7/6. Good planning principals are being lost. The mayor dislikes Councillor Glover – probably for his (Glover’s) insistence on the use of the NATO phonetic alphabet. Jason wonders if the replacement for Glover, be it any one of the three running in |Sydenham Ward, will be different. Certainly less arrogant and that as well as the alphabet turns the mayor and others off. Is this issue – intensification- just a matter of personal likes and dislikes? Let us give Councillors credit – they probably vote their constituents interest and most people want an intensified inner city, including apartments in cellars.

Most interesting was the motion, at the end of the meeting under New Motions by Councillors Berg and Paterson asking staff to assess the functioning of non-statutory advisory committees. Many saw this as a threat to current committees of which there are many- Arts Advisory, Museums, Memorial Centre, Age, Accessibility etc. It is alleged that the nomination process is broken. If committees need expertise then the nomination process should recognise this. This is a seminal issue. Do advisory committees fill a roll or should they be abandoned and let the staff do the work?  Are advisory committees in the way of staff? Is a six year term realistic if committees need expertise? The motion was split into two. No one had an objection to staff looking at the committees. Current members will stay until replaced.

City of Kingston 2010 Election Results

Source the Whig-Standard:

http://www.thewhig.com/2010/10/27/municipalelectionresults

Wednesday October 27, 2010

Results for municipal elections in Kingston and district (x–acclaimed):

CITY OF KINGSTON

Mayor

Mark Gerretsen 17,096 Rob Matheson 6,905 Barrie Chalmers 5,486 John Last 377

Nathaniel Wilson 227 Kevin Lavalley 215

Council

Cataraqui

Rick Downes 1,119 Jeff Welsh 499 Moe Royer 453 Patrick Foley 139 Jeffrey Lowes 106 Thomas Dall 18 Collins-Bayridge x–Lisa Osanic

Countryside

Jeff Scott 1,367

Joyce MacLeod-Kane 1,174 Kingscourt-Strathcona Sandy Berg 1,114 Brian Evoy 855 King’s Town

Rob Hutchison 1,314 Dan Hartley 132 Sean Murphy 102 James Sayeau 91 Lakeside

Dorothy Hector 1,157 Joan Hardin 869 Mark Bain 840 Doug Cameron 656 Loyalist-Cataraqui Kevin George 1,955 Patrick Vecchio 1,049 David Peterson 379 Pittsburgh

Brian Reitzel 1,085 Richard Moller 1,044 Carsten Sorensen 864 Ryan Boehme 151 Portsmouth Liz Schell 1,698

Harold Hemberger 567 Bill Wornes 312 Sydenham

Bill Glover 1,234 Floyd Patterson 830 Trillium

Bryan Paterson 1,751 Vicki Schmolka 1,346 Williamsville Jim Neill 979 Ed Smith 782

COUNTY OF FRONTENAC

Central Frontenac Mayor

Janet Gutkowski 1,713

Logan Murray 1,161

Douglas Lee 434

Council Ward 1

Kennebec (two elected) Tom Dewey 664 Jeff Matson 521 Tom Waller 275 Britian Wilson 111 Ward 2

Olden (two elected) John Purdon 439

Norman Guntensperger 410 Justin Gray 216 Ward 3

Oso (two elected)

Frances Smith 615

Wayne Millar 414

Carol Coupland 298

Richard Greenstreet 259

Ward 4

Hinchinbrooke (two elected)

Bill Snyder 553 Heather Fox 499 Phillip Smith 440 Frontenac Islands Mayor

Denis Doyle 744

Jim Vanden Hoek 703 Council

Howe Island (two elected)

David Jones 268

Pat Norris 251

Matt Fiene 162

Wolfe Island (two elected)

Barbara Springgay 590

Wayne Grant 548

Peggy Smith 493

North Frontenac Mayor

Bud Clayton 1,170

Jim Beam 1,061

Council

Ward 1 (two elected)

Fred Perry 577 Wayne Good 420 Shawn Gray 387 Lorraine Garey 352

Ward 2 (two elected)

Gerry Martin 552 Lonnie Watkins 468 Elaine Gunsinger 255

Karin Ferguson-Reynolds 213 Paul Thiel 61

Ward 3 (two elected)

John Inglis 355 Betty Hunter 249 Bob Olmstead 184 Robin Riddell 126 South Frontenac Mayor

Gary Davison 4,460 John Fillion 2,979 Council

Storrington District (two elected)

Cam Naish 1,305 Larry York 1,008 Peter Roos 932 Wayne Clancy 856

Portland District (two elected)

John McDougall 1,309 Bill Robinson 842

Jim Hicks 708

Doug Lovegrove 659

Loughborough District (two elected)

Ron Vandewal 1,240

Allan McPhail 969

Fran Willes 883

Randy Ferguson 688

Bedford District (two elected)

Mark Tinlin 821

Del Stowe 715

Pat Barr 662

LENNOX AND ADDINGTON

Addington Highlands Reeve

x–Henry H. Hogg Council

Ward 1 (two elected)

Adam Snider 404 Tony Fritsch 343 Janice Kerr 270 Eythel Grant 180 Yvonne Rosien 102

Ward 2 (two elected)

William Cox 465 E. Helen Yanch 360 Mary Ann Tryon 328 Larry Pealow 213

Greater Napanee Mayor

Gordon Schermerhorn 2,775 Gary Hodson 1,730 David Kirkman 215 Deputy Mayor Roger Cole 2,639 Peter Veltheer1,964

Council

Ward 1

x–Michael Schenk

Ward 2 (one elected)

Shane Grant 499 Kenn Morrison 450

Ward 3 (one elected) Marg Isbester 509 Paul Kimmett 339 Barry Robinson 294

Ward 4

x–Bill Pierson

Ward 5 (one elected)

Shaune Lucas 235 Bill Martin 226

Geoffrey Webster 163 Pierre Cliche 145 Ron Morris 131

Loyalist Reeve

Bill Lowry 2,340

Clayton McEwen 1,327

Deputy Reeve

Ric Bresee 1,922 Joy Silver 1,71 Council Ward 1

Amherst Island (one elected)

Duncan Ashley 216 Kevin Archibald 102 Ward 2

Bath (one elected)

Ed Daniliunas 469 Joe Hudacin 225 Ward 3

Ernestown (three elected)

Penny Porter 1,388 Jamie Hegadorn 1,212 John Ibey 1,210 Alexandra Kelly 998 Ron D. Gordon 972 Bill Hetherington 744 Stone Mills Reeve

Douglas Bearance 1,235 Debbie Thompson 1,085 Council

Ward 1 (one elected)

Kevin Wagar 152 Martha Embury 100

Ward 2

x–Eric Smith x–Todd Steele

Ward 3 (three elected)

Clarence Kennedy 1,124 Douglas Davison 796 John Wise 777

Duane Williams 642 Richard Lasher 384

LEEDS AND GRENVILLE

Gananoque Mayor

Erika Demchuk 1,260

James Garrah 577

Council (six elected)

Anne Warren 972

Jeff Girling 886

Joe Jansen 836

Bill Sheppard 827 Jan Hayes 771

Roberta Abbott 753

Joy Cuthbert 703

Michael MacDonald 584 Sheila Burtch 532 Larry Lappan 517 Tracy Brons 487

Raymond Harmer 394 Nick Giannakouras 368 Stephen Henderson 338

Leeds and the Thousand Islands Mayor

Bruce Bryan 2,014 Frank Kinsella 1,586 Dennis Reid 368 Council

Ward 1 (three elected)

Heidi Conarroe 1,327 Harold Emmons 1,094 Tom Lawler 993 Geri Dickson 908 Robert Jeffs 899

Ward 2 (two elected)

Velma Kelsey 690 Brigitte Lesage-Tye 682 Charlie Kellington 615 P. Joseph Tye 279

Ward 3 (one elected)

Wendy Merkley 439 Andrew Hodge 196 Rideau Lakes Mayor

Ronald Holman 3,574 Donald Wills 1,935 Ward 1

Bastard and South Burgess (two elected)

Anders Carson 894 Rob Dunfield 695 Paula Banks 584 Doug Good 569 Ernie Olivo 415

Ward 2

South Elmsley (two elected)

Paul Smith 818 Jeff Banks 735 Rita Purcell 662 George Hunter 609 Gregory Fleming 375

Ward 3

South Crosby (two elected)

Linda Carr 638 Robert Taylor 568 Barry Weaymouth 387 Jim Stedman 313

Ward 4

North Crosby (two elected)

Ronald Pollard 523 Bob Lavoie 388 Joseph McNally 345 Bill Brus 308 Ward 5

Newboro (one elected) Cathy Monck 86 Dave Bianco 83

SCHOOL BOARDS

Limestone District

Countryside, Pittsburgh and Frontenac Islands

Elaine Crawford 2,500 Pam Bidinost 1,413

Loyalist-Cataraqui, Collins- Bayridge and Lakeside

George Beavis 4,079 Tom Mahoney 2,295

Portsmouth and Trillium

David Jackson 2,097 Deborah Villeneuve 1,999

Cataraqui, Kingscourt-Strathcona and King’s Town

Helen Chadwick 2,422 Alec Ross 1,887

Williamsville and Sydenham

Paula Murray 1,292 Sandra Storring 1,239

Addington Highlands and North Frontenac

x–Ann Goodfellow

Loyalist and Stone Mills

Helen M. Brown 4,065 Ken C. Campbell 1,023

Greater Napanee

x–Laurie French

South Frontenac Suzanne Ruttan 3,129 Barbara McLaren 2,747

Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic

City of Kingston and Frontenac Islands (four elected)

Wilf Garrah 3,030 Kathy Turkington 2,477 Terry Shea 2,359

Catharina Summers 2,318 Gavin Cosgrove 2,246 Jack Coleman 2,159 Glen Williamson 1,449

Loyalist, Stone Mills, Addington Highlands, Prince Edward and Greater Napanee (one elected)

Greg Speagle 903 Paul Candon 704 South Frontenac x–Wendy Procter

Public French language Kingston and counties of Frontenac, Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington and Leeds and Grenville

Marc Bissonnette 143 Frederic Tremblay 76

Separate French language Kingston and counties of Frontenac, Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington and Leeds & Grenville

x–Andre Ouellette

Lanark, Leeds & Grenville

x–Brigitte Pilon

Housing Again ?!?!

Jason here.

What is affordable housing? The ‘mouth’ (Councillor Neill) thinks it is not 80 % of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Average Market rent which would make an ‘ affordable’ unit in the range of $800. Councillor Neill felt this was more than an average tenant could pay. This discussion surrounded the decision on the Wright Crescent development which is an innovative project for Kingston that still will need planning approval. It is a joint project of CJM development and Town Homes Kingston. The mayor was most vehement in supporting the project as he indicated that the requirement of 25% affordable housing as found in the Official Plan, (page 57) was simply addressing the need for a wide variety of housing and costs in the community. I guess Neill and the mayor will never get along.

Housing is more important than ever as the city strives to deal with homelessness and the great  length of its list of people seeking low cost housing. Kingston has, as the report indicates, higher rents and a vacancy rate characteristic of larger urban centres. The 10 year plan to end homelessness in Kingston has done much to reconfigure the approach to affordable housing. Kingston now has an Affordable Housing and Land Acquisition program. The Wright Crescent project is its first iteration. The program is intended to pick up land which otherwise would not be available by subsidizing purchase – In theory this program could wipe out the cost differential for affordable housing in the south side of Princess vs north side. More widely diversified housing is to everyone’s benefit.

The CAO recommended contracts for the delivery of support programs a necessary component of a successful housing strategy. We haven’t heard the last of this. Under the 10 year plan some shelters will have to close as demand moderates. In the meantime the Service Provider will make sure Housing First is front and centre.

On the wider housing front – the Davis Tannery site and the proposed development on Frontenac St. were defeated. Both were Patry developments. One wonders if Patry is trusted by Councillor’s.

This was the first Council meeting after the Mayor’s announcement that he would not run again. He is seeking the federal Liberal nomination. Candidates for mayor (Hector, Downes and Paterson) were on display. Hector was quiet, Downes and Paterson were not.