A Special Meeting of Council will be held on Wednesday, March 9th in respect of a proposed by-law regarding an exemption to the Retail Business Holidays Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. R.30 (“the Act”).
If granted, this exemption would permit retail businesses in the downtown BIA to operate on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day; in addition to Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day which are already exempted from the restrictions of the Act in Kingston.
The purpose of this public meeting, which is required pursuant to the Act, is to provide any person who attends the meeting an opportunity to make representations in respect of the proposed by-law.
The format of the meeting will follow that which is prescribed in the City’s Procedural By-law. Delegations will be permitted to make representation on the matter. Following each delegate’s address, Members of Council will be provided an opportunity to ask up to two questions of the delegate. Following each round of questioning, the next delegate will be invited to speak. Once all delegations have spoken, Mayor Patterson will close the public meeting and next steps will be summarized.
As the Act allows for any person who attends the public meeting the opportunity to make representations, it is anticipated that Council will waive the limitation on the number of delegates that are permitted to speak at the meeting.
A copy of the staff report which prompted the above can be found at https://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/12534030/COU_A0416-16056.pdf/ce32336e-e267-46a8-b73e-c2ae8266480b