Provide Input: Meadowcrest & Madoma Parks

Madoma Park Concept - Click to Enlarge

Meadowcrest Park Concept - Click to Enlarge

The Kingston East Community Centre plan requires for the demolition of the former Madoma and Meadowcrest Community Centres in Countryside.  Both buildings saw very little use, were not accessible, and had other maintenance issues.  It was decided that these sites would be redeveloped into parks that can better serve the community.

We are now taking suggestions on what these parks should look like going forward, with construction scheduled to start in the fall of 2016.   Please contact Chanda Sames, Parks Planner with your thoughts and considerations by emailing: csames@cityofkingston.ca before July 15, 2016.

You can also leave suggestions in the comments section of this post.

Support the Return of Penitentiary Farms to Kingston

Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is seeking public input as part of a feasibility study on re-establishing agriculture and agri-food operations that would include offender employment initiatives at the former penitentiary farm locations of Collins Bay and Joyceville Institution. 

Have your say here: http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/consult/index-en.shtml

Here are a few Important points to consider and include in your response:

  • Rehabilitative success through meaningful work
  • Development of empathy through working with, and developing relationships with animals
  • Best use for land surrounding Collins Bay and Joyceville institutions
  • Yet another form of local food and local agriculture
  • Skills development for inmates
  • Possible production of high-value products - dairy, cheese, etc.

For more information on the prison farms, visit the following links:

Richard Allen Elected to 2016/17 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board of Directors

Last weekend I attended the 2016 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual general meeting and conference in Winnipeg along with my colleague Councillor Jim Neill, and Mayor Denis Doyle from the Frontenac Islands.

Over the course of the three days, we met with municipal leaders, took in plenary sessions, workshops and heard from federal ministers and opposition parties. This year Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to delegates, the first time a Prime Minister has spoken to municipal leaders at this conference in more than 10 years.

I was also elected to the FCM board for the first time during the conference. I ran alongside 19 other municipal delegates from across Ontario to sit on the Ontario Caucus of the board.

I am honoured to represent Kingston, our neighbouring municipalities and Eastern Ontario on the FCM board, by joining the national conversation, we have the ability to participate directly in the critical work FCM does with the federal government. I look forward to sharing a rural-urban, Eastern Ontario perspective with the board and bringing valuable insights back to our region from municipal leaders across the country.

There are three key issues I am looking to advance right away on behalf of Kingston and Eastern Ontario:

  1. I will be pursuing federal support to develop reliable broadband connections across Canada, especially in smaller communities and rural areas, where increased connectivity can make a real difference in the education of our young people and the success of our businesses.
  2. It will be important that no municipalities, including Kingston, are left out of the process for the second phase of federal infrastructure dollars.  I will be working with the FCM board to ensure fair and equitable opportunities for projects that benefit communities small and large.  Kingston has important projects such as the Third Crossing and an upcoming expansion of transit service that would benefit from federal support.
  3. FCM has pursued the federal government to adopt a national housing strategy - it is a critical time to ensure that everyone in our country has access to a home, and municipalities cannot achieve this alone.  Kingston is facing a significant investment deficit in the coming years, and that is simply for the maintenance of existing affordable housing stock.

FCM is the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government.

Adapted from Press Release from the City of Kingston on June 6, 2016. Click Here to View Original Release.