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June Newsletter 2023

Dear Friends of Kingston Inner HarbourThanks so much Hllbert for your magical Inner Harbour pictures. Always wonderful.Also, another magical picture from Debbie O’Grady has been included at the end. 
Thanks to you both for your daily contributions to Facebook!
1. Inner Harbour Turtles at Risk
2. Queen City Oil Company at 9 North St. Update 
3. Turtle Awareness Public Event June 3
4. North Kings Town Secondary Plan Update
5. The Famine Irish In Kingston – Public Event June 3
6. Pow Wow Workout – Public Event June 3
7. Joe’s Mill Musical Instrument Lending Library – Public Event June 7
8. KCAT Update: Cycling Week, Commuter Challenge, Downtown Bike Racks, Mayor’s Ride
9. Green Light for Green Burial – Public Event June 6
10. Skeleton Park Arts Festival – June 21 – 25
11. Kingston to Plant over 40,000 trees + Trees in Trust Program
12. New Kingston Baby Wellness Clinic to Support Infants Without Doctors.
13. ‘Pay What You Can’ Markets Set to Return to Kingston Community
14. Utilities Kingston: Good Idea to Plan your Improvements to Fit in with their Plans
15. Kingston Police Share Details on Recent Home Repair Scam
16. City of Kingston staff respond to Bill 97
and proposed new provincial planning statement
17. House of Commons passes Bill S-5
updating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act for the first time in 20+ Years.
18. Any Point to No Mow May: Experts Weigh In
19. The Big Picture:  Coffee in the Era of Climate Change
20. Magnets Help Treatment-Resistant Depression
21. Why Do Great Lakes Ships have Round Bows?
22. Filipino Mariners Can Now Sail on Canadian Merchant Ships
23. What Microplastics are doing to Seabirds could tell us about their Effect on Humans
24. Edible Wild Leaves?  Strawberry Leaf Tea?
25. Nature Inspired Summer Activities for Kids
1. Inner Harbour Turtles at Risk

So sad we always have to fight for the turtles.
As you know, members of the Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour have been involved for 8
years with up to 50 community volunteers each year monitoring and caring for Inner Harbour
turtles by filling out observation sheets mornings and evenings, documenting basking, laying
and hatching behaviours, and covering nests with nest protectors. In addition, we received
grants for a capture/release study documenting that we have a minimum of 136 Northern
Map turtles in Kingston’s Inner Harbour and a grant to attach antennae to six turtles to
document range and hibernation patterns. This had importance for the Third Crossing work.
Recognition of our efforts has been far reaching. We received a “Freshwater Hero” award
from the Michigan-based organization Freshwater Future.
For the last 2 years our work has been taken over by Lesley Rudy who completed her MSc
on Inner Harbour Northern Map turtles with Dr. Stephen Lougheed of Queen’s University.
She now works for Ontario Nature and is carrying on the Inner Harbour turtle work with local
A sister organization, Turtles Kingston, was created by Mabyn Armstrong. She dealt very
successfully with creating public awareness about the need for turtle fencing, problems with
inappropriate spraying of roadsides where turtles lay, creating sources for turtle nest covers,
and organizing drivers to take wounded turtles to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre for rehabilitation.  Turtles Kingston is currently led by Tara Bauer.
Lesley Rudy and Tara Bauer have been very concerned recently. Despite repeated
requests, the Doornekamp team had not expressed interest in meeting with them to
ameliorate the situation for the at-risk turtles. Nesting season could start tomorrow and the
Inner Harbour Map Turtles are seriously at risk with the current set-up at 9 North St, the old
Queen City Oil Company.
Both Lesley and Tara feel that slight changes to the arrangement of fences could make a
huge difference to the at-risk turtle population. They were so concerned they felt they had to
write to the mayor, council, and city staff to express their serious concerns.
Thankfully, Luke Folwell, Director of Engineering for the city, has now arranged a
meeting with Engineering Services, Turtles Kingston, and Doornekamp Construction
that will happen this coming Thursday morning to try and solve this problem.
We will keep you posted in the mid-June update.

2. Queen City Oil Company at 9 North St. Update
Received from the Doornekamp Newsletter, May 18, 2023
“The Doornekamp Team is excited to be back on site at 9 North St. in downtown Kingston.
The Team is installing trusses this month. Our skilled stone mason is putting finishing touches
on the limestone walls, inside and out. Future tenants will enjoy their park-side location
overlooking the Cataraqui River.”
3.Turtle Awareness Public Event, June 3
What: Learn all about Ontario turtles through activities, demos, music, stories and more!
Who: Turtles Kingston in collaboration with the Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour
When: Sat, June 3, 2023, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Confederation Park, 216 Ontario St.
Events Schedule:
Moving a Turtle off the Road Demonstration: 10am, 12pm, 3pm
Story Time: 10:30am, 12:30am, 3:30pm
Musical Performance: 11am
Turtle Trials Activity: 1pm (space is limited)
Turtle Nest Protection Demonstration: 2:30pm[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark_search%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D
More about Turtles Kingston?
4. North Kings Town Secondary Plan Update
Received from Niall Oddie, Senior Planner, City of Kingston, May 30, 2023
“Phase 1 of NKT was completed in late 2017 and included the preparation of a
Visioning Report and Preliminary Market Analysis.
 In consultation with the community,
a series of planning principles and design directions were established as part of the visioning
process to help guide the preparation of the Secondary Plan.
Phase 2 of NKT was initiated in 2018 and consists of the preparation of a number of
technical studies (Land Use Plan, Cultural Heritage Study, Transportation Master Plan,
Servicing Plan, and Financial and Implementation Plan) which will inform the
secondary plan.
 Phase 2 of NKT was active through 2018 and into 2019 before the project
was placed on hold due to Staff’s focus on the Williamsville Main Street Study update and
then to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Phase 2 was reinitiated in 2022 and Staff have been working with the project
consultants to review and update the Phase 2 technical reports.

The purpose of this email is to provide you with the following updates:Open House and WorkshopYou are invited to attend an Open House and Workshop where staff and the project
consultants will provide a presentation to refresh residents on the project, provide status
updates on the various technical studies, description of current areas of work and a tentative
project timeline.
An opportunity to ask questions will be provided following the presentation before transitioning
into a workshop with smaller group discussions focused on land use, built form and cultural
heritage. There are two opportunities to participate in the Open House and Workshop:
 Virtual Session: Monday, June 12, 2023 from 6-8pm (Zoom)
Please use the below link to register:Zoom Registration
 In-Person Session: Tues, June 13, 6-8pm at the Broom Factory  at 305 Rideau St.We request that you register for this event to ensure that the venue has been arranged to
accommodate interested participants. Space will be limited to 80 participants.

In-Person Registration
 NKT Project Website and Get Involved Kingston UpdatesIn the past there has been an NKT project website and a separate Get Involved Kingston
page associated with NKT. We have recently updated both pages to offer the same
information to help avoid confusion. Moving forward, we will be using the Get Involved
Kingston page for consultation opportunities. Unfortunately, some of the previous consultation
material that was posted to the NKT website no longer satisfies current accessibility standards
and had to be removed but remains available by request. We apologize for any inconvenience.   
NKT Project Website:
Get Involved Kingston – NKT:
 SurveyWe will be utilizing the Get Involved Kingston NKT page for additional engagement
throughout the summer and fall where we will be posting survey questions and draft materials
for review and comment. We will send out an update email when new topics become
available and look forward to your feedback. We recognize that there may have been
changes within the community since mid-2019 when the project was placed on hold, and we
have initiated a survey seeking your feedback on what changes should be taken into account
in Phase 2 of NKT.
The survey will be open until June 19. The survey is available on Get Involved Kingston – NKT:
Should you have any questions, difficulty registering for one of the Open House sessions or
wish to be removed from this mailing list, please feel free to contact Sukriti Agarwal,
Manager Policy Planning (copied) or the undersigned.  
Niall Oddie, Senior Planner, Planning Services, City of Kingston”  5. The Famine Irish in Kingston – Public Event June 3
Have you ever wondered about the significance of the Celtic cross in Doug Fluhrer Park.
Here’s your chance to find out.
What:  In 1847 shiploads of Irish immigrants escaping the Great Famine arrived in Kingston,
many of them dying of typhus. In 2021 archeological firm ASI began to unearth and relocate
those buried at KGH. Dr. Katherine Hull will talk about the 19th century Irish immigration to
Ontario as a result of the Great Famine of 1847. She will be discussing the work
archeological firm ASI has undertaken to exhume, identify, and rebury those who contracted 
typhus, died, and were buried at the Kingston General Hospital.
Where: Isabel Turner Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library
When: Sat, June 3, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
More info
6. Joe’s Mill Musical Instrument Lending Library – Public Event June 7
Who: This program is offered in partnership with the Joe Chithalen Musical Instrument
Lending Library, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 
What: Amp Your Appetite Kickoff Event
Where: Rideau Heights Community Centre
When: Wed, June 7, 2023, 4:00 pm -6:00 pm
NOTES: Have you ever wanted to play the guitar, the ukulele or even a mandolin? With
professional supervision, aspiring musicians will love this fully interactive, hands-on program!
No experience is necessary. After the program, all instruments can be borrowed to play in the
comfort of your own home.
Snacks will be provided after the hands-on instrument experience.
All ages welcome. Drop in.

7. Pow Wow Workout – Public Event June 3
What: As part of Indigenous History Month, a chance to learn how to do powwow dance.
Who: Amanda Fox
Where: Central Branch, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Johnson St. Kingston
When: Sat, June 3: 1:00 – 1:45 and Sat, June 3, 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
NOTES: Bring some comfy shoes and start celebrating Indigenous History Month on the right
Suitable for Teens, New Adults, Adults, Seniors
Registration required: for first
session. for second session.
Library card needed to register.
To register for a free library card go to

8. KCAT Update: Cycling Week, Commuter Challenge, Downtown Bike Racks,
Mayor’s Ride, etc.

Received from the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation, May 16, 2021KCAT turned 15 this year! To all our longtime followers, thank you for joining us on this
journey. To the newcomers, we’re also very glad to have you.
Over the past fifteen years, we have grown a lot and we’re excited for what’s to come!
Have a look at what we’ve been up to since the winter and what’s up ahead. 
Cycling Week is June 3 – 10
Follow Cycle Kingston for events and opportunities to get involved. ​Gear Up! for Cycling Week and the Commuter Challenge:
Tune-ups and Check-ups (10 a.m – 4 p.m.)
Recycled Bikes will be doing bicycle tune-ups and safety checks on Saturday June 3rd at their
shop location, 559 Bagot Street, parking lot in the back of the building.
Drop ins are welcome but sign up in advance to guarantee a time slot
This service is free, but with a suggested donation of $30 per bike.  Commuter Challenge June 4-10
Sustainable Kingston is leading the Commuter Challenge in Kingston again! The Commuter
Challenge is an annual national campaign designed to encourage Canadians to walk, cycle,
carpool/ride-share, take transit and telecommute. It coincides with Kingston Cycling Week.
Register at
 New bike racks
Have you been down Princess lately? The DBIA recently installed new secure bike locking
, in line with our goals to encourage active transportation and reduce bike theft. 
Shout out to KCAT members and partners whose advocacy helped make this happen!
These new bike stations are on Princess Street between Ontario and King.
They’re free to use with the app Bikeep. Try it out, and let us know what you think 🙂 
2023 Commuter ChallengeSunday, June 4, 20239:00 AM 
Saturday, June 10, 20235:00 PMSustainable Kingston, 310 Bagot St, Kingston, ON Sustainable Kingston, with support from community and institutional partners, is thrilled to
announce the Commuter Challenge is returning to Kingston this June.
Held June 4-10, the Commuter Challenge is an annual, national campaign designed to
encourage Canadians to walk, cycle, carpool/ride-share, take transit and telecommute.
It coincides with Kingston Cycling Week, an event Sustainable Kingston is also

Sustainable Kingston wants to challenge people in Kingston who currently commute by car to
‘test drive’ active transportation or transit for one week.
To sign up your workplace: 
1. Choose a workplace ambassador.
2. Register your workplace at
3. Encourage your colleagues to register under your workplace/organization profile
4. From June 4 to 10, log your sustainable commute on
Your colleagues do the same on their own.
“There are so many great reasons to bike, walk or take transit to school or work.” explains
Geoff Hendry, COO of Sustainable Kingston. “In addition to being one of the most impactful
things you can do to address the climate crisis, you’ll save money and feel healthier.”  
In 2022, Kingston Commuter Challenge’s 288 participants logged 152,039 KM of sustainable
commuting. This avoided 8,929 KG’s of C02 emissions, saved 4,072 litres of fuel, and burned
673,682 calories.
For more information about how your organization can participate, please contact Geoff
Hendry, COO of Sustainable Kingston, at
Ride with the Mayor – June 9
Ride to City Hall on the K&P Trail with Mayor Paterson. 
Start at the iNVISTA Centre beside the CaraCo Field at 7:05 am on Friday, June 9 arriving
around 8:00 am behind City Hall at Springer Market Square. There will be two other “join in”
locations on-route.
Check out this map for more info:
NOTE: For more info including a map showing vehicle collisions that injured or killed
pedestrians and cyclist collision data visit –[UNIQID]

9. Green Light for Green Burial – Public Event June 6
What: In the relaxed café atmosphere, where drinks and delicious snacks will be available for
purchase, you’ll have a chance to hear a brief talk and then ask those questions you’ve been
puzzling over. Why bury shallow? What about winter burial? Should we press the City for an
expansion of Pine Grove Cemetery? Who else is working towards green burial in Ontario?
Where does cremation fit in?
Where: Tula Café in the Old Broom Factory near the Woolen Mill at 305 Rideau St., Kingston
Who: Mark Richardson, Manager of Cemeteries Services, City of Niagara will speak.
NOTE: RSVP by e-mail to
 10. Skeleton Park Arts Festival June 21 – 25
Tons of wonderful and amazing stuff happening. Check it out!

11. Kingston to Plant over 40,000 trees + Trees in Trust Program
Received from the Kingstonist, May 1, 2023 – Tori Stafford
“According to the City of Kingston, the trees being planted at both sites — the former
Kingston East Landfill site at 3706 4th Concession Road, and the Butternut Creek site
situated on the south side of Butternut Creek Road between municipal addressess 1324 and
1334 — are a mix of white pine, Norway spruce, white cedar, and larch trees. The third
managed forest site, to be planted in 2024, will be located on Pine Grove Road, also in the
east end of the city.”
Full article?
NOTE: Yes, this is an important initiative. Our major concern is that preserving old
trees matters even more. Young saplings are not equivalent.

Trees in Trust Program
Received from the Kingstonist May 5, – Jessica Foley
“The City of Kingston is launching a new pilot program to help grow canopy cover and
improve tree equity by supporting community-led tree-planting events. 
According to a release from the City, the Community Trees in Trust Program will provide trees,
training and support to community-based groups that organize and host planting events
within designated areas of the City of Kingston that have low tree equity. Trees must be
planted on privately owned land and not on City-owned or managed land. 
“Through the Community Trees in Trust Program, we hope to encourage community groups
to join us in tree stewardship across the city. Each tree we plant contributes significantly to
our health and wellbeing, our environment, and our sense of community. Importantly, not
everyone has the same access to trees and the benefits they provide, so improving tree
equity is a major element of this program,” said Karen Santucci, Director of Public Works and
Solid Waste.”
Full article?
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12. New Kingston Baby Wellness Clinic to Support Infants Without Doctors.
Received from the Kingstonist, May 10, 2023 – Jessica Foley
“A newborn and early childhood clinic will soon be available for infants without a primary care
physician in the Kingston area. The Partnership for Well Baby Care Clinic is a result of the
collaboration of the Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Ontario Health Team, Queen’s School of
Nursing, Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) and KFL&A Public Health.”
Full article?
13. ‘Pay What You Can’ Markets Set to Return to Kingston Community
Received from the Kingstonist May 4, 2023 – Owen Fullerton
“The running dates for 2023 Community Harvest Markets have been announced, with the first
of many markets throughout the season slated for Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2023. The markets,
running since 2013, provide an option for affordable, locally-grown produce at three different
locations in Kingston.
This year will see the debut of a third market behind Centre 70 on Days Road. Community
Harvest Markets reportedly chose to add a location on the west end after hearing that that
part of the city is a bit underserved and that there are not a lot of food access programs in the
These markets adopt a “Pay What You Can” model — with a sliding scale from $0 to $5 —
trying to ensure that anyone who wants access to locally grown produce isn’t restricted by the
Community Harvest Coordinator Marie Bencze said that while this market has always been a
great asset for the community, it is especially needed with rapidly rising costs.
“You see endless news articles about the cost of everything right now and especially food,”
Bencze said. “We think this is an especially important time for people. That disparity between
wealthy and poor people is ever growing.”
The markets are run by Loving Spoonful and the majority of the food available comes from
Loving Spoonful gardens, which are often right near the site of the markets. Bencze said all
the gardens use agroecological principles, nearing organic without official organic
certification. “
Full article?
More info?

14. Utilities Kingston: Good Idea to Plan Your Improvements to Fit in with Their Plans
Received from the Kingstonist, May 4, 2023 – Jessica Foley
“Plan ahead to take advantage of the constructionHave plans to make improvements
to your property? Utilities Kingston advises scheduling them to coincide with planned
construction work in your area to reduce disruption to your property and services…

Utilities Kingston provided a summary of work planned for the spring, summer, and fall of
Full article?

15. Kingston Police Share Details on Recent Home Repair Scam
Received from the Kingstonist May 23, 3023 – Jessica Foley
“According to a release from police, two male suspects attended a complainant’s residence
in Kingston and advised the complainant that their roof and chimney were in need of repairs. The
suspects reportedly provided an estimate for a significant amount of money and convinced
the complainant to provide a large down payment the following day.
The suspects then proceeded to rip the walls of the complainant’s house, at which point they
advised that more work would be necessary or the walls would collapse, police noted. The
complainant then advised they were backing out of the project and asked for their deposit
back – which was never returned.
“The suspects purport to be with a company called ‘Fineline Roofing’ out of Halifax,” Kingston
Police stated. “There is a Fineline Roofing and Masonry in Halifax, but they do not work
outside of Nova Scotia, and do not make unsolicited calls.”
Full article?

16. City of Kingston staff respond to Bill 97 and proposed new provincial planning

Received from the Kingstonist, May 17, 2023 – Dylan Chenier
“Kingston City staff have spoken out about the provincial government’s new 
Bill 97, the Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act, 2023, as well as a proposed new 
Provincial PlanningStatement, both of which could significantly impact future land use and
planning decisions by the City.
At a meeting of Kingston City Council on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, councillors were presented
with a 24-page report from staff
, outlining how the two pieces of legislation may impact the
City moving forward. 
According to staff, Bill 97 was introduced in support of the province’s Housing Supply Action
Plan and “focuses on reducing barriers to housing development by strengthening homebuyer
protections, supporting tenants, and streamlining the rules around land-use planning.” The
staff report noted a number of existing provincial acts which are set to be impacted by the
new legislation, including the Building Code Act, the Development Charges Act, and, most
notably, the Planning Act. 
In terms of the impact Bill 97 will have on the Planning Act, the legislation establishes a new
“regulation-making authority” that can “prescribe specific circumstances where site plan
control could be used for residential developments of 10 units or less.” Site plan control is a
tool afforded to municipalities to manage community development. Bill 97 also gives the
province’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing the ability to force landowners to enter
into “development agreements in relation to lands that have been referred to the Provincial
Land and Development Facilitator,” noted the staff report.”
Full article?

17. House of Commons passes Bill S-5 which updates the Canadian Environmental
Protection Act (CEPA) for the first time in 20+ Years.

Received from ecojustice, May 30, 2023 – Elaine MacDonald
Today, the House of Commons passed Bill S-5, which updates the Canadian Environmental
Protection Act (CEPA) for the first time in 20+ years.
This crucial legislation now returns to the Senate for a final review before it becomes law.
As Canada’s cornerstone environmental law, CEPA is meant to protect the public from
dangerous chemicals and toxic pollution, but it was languishing in the past. Meanwhile, the
day-to-day threats to people’s health — for instance, in the form of ‘forever chemicals’ linked
to cancer — worsened.
While Bill S-5 is not a cure-all, it does introduce some important changes such as
strengthened control of toxic substances. It also recognizes the right to a healthy environment
for the first time ever in federal law. More than 31,000 Ecojustice supporters lent their voice to
this campaign, calling on political leaders and keeping CEPA reform alive — even after the
2021 federal election almost saw it off. This important moment is a testament to all of us.

18. Any Point to No Mow May: Experts Weigh In

19. The Big Picture:  Coffee in the Era of Climate Change
Coffee production is fragile, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
reports indicate that climate change (CC) will reduce worldwide yields on average and
decrease coffee-suitable land by 2050,coffee%2Dsuitable%20land%20by%202050.

20. Magnets Treating Treatment-Resistant Depression
Received from Freethink, May 21, 2023 – Kristin Houser
Stanford researchers have discovered that certain brain signals actually flow the wrong way
in people with treatment-resistant depression — and that magnets can correct the
misdirection and help patients feel better.

21. Why do Great Lakes ships have round bows?, Boating World, May 15, 2023. Great Lakes
ships are a common sight on the vast expanses of the Great Lakes waterway, and as one
might notice, most of these ships possess one characteristic feature, and that is their round

22. Great Lakes Labor: Filipino Mariners Can Now Sail On Canadian Merchant ShipsWorld
Ports Org., May 13, 2023 (also appeared in The Seafarer Times, at gCaptain, at 
Maritime-Network and at iMariners).  In a move to tackle an acute mariner shortage
accentuated by the rapid retirement of boomers, Canada has signed an unprecedented
agreement with the Philippines, allowing Filipino merchant mariners to serve on
Canadian-flagged vessels.  This marks a significant shift in international labor arrangements,
opening new doors for the robust Filipino seafarer population, but causing worry among
Canadian Merchant Mariners that wages could fall.  Bruce Burrows, CEO of the Chamber of
Marine Commerce, which primarily represents shipping interests in the Great Lakes and St.
Lawrence Seaway, shed light on the need for this initiative.
23. What Microplastics are doing to seabirds could tell us about their effect on humans
Received from CBC.CA What on Earth, May 25, 2023 – Lauren Pelley
“Some researchers estimate that humans ingest tens of thousands of microplastic particles
every year by breathing in indoor air and drinking out of plastic containers. (That works out to 
around five grams every week, about the same weight as a handful of thumbtacks.)
These plastic fragments are showing up in digestive systemsbloodbreast milk
possibly even the brain. So what are all those tiny plastic bits actually doing to our health?
Scientists still aren’t sure, although a new study on seabirds, led by a team of international
scientists, raises some questions about potential ripple effects on the gut that could apply to
humans, too.
Full article?

24. Edible Wild Leaves?  Strawberry Leaf Tea?
Received from Ashley at Practical Self Reliance, May 25, 2023,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/
25. Nature Inspired Summer Activities for Kids
Received from Little Pine Learners
Wishing you all a wonderful June,
Mary Farrar, President,
Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour