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November 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour,
This month: 3 meetings and 3 great summer possibilities:

1) Public Community Meeting:
Wellington Extension Working Group

Wednesday, November 26, 7-9 pm
Boys and Girls Club, 559 Bagot Street.

Venue accessible; child care provided
A very small core group consisting of Laura Murray, Sayyida Jaffer, Anne Lougheed and Mary Farrar has been involved in this issue throughout the election.  See for details and interesting blog posts.
This upcoming meeting will focus on:
with our neighbours and other concerned Kingstonians
•what the proposed road might look like
•what the working group has done so far
•what the election results mean for this issue, and
•how to stop the road
•how to celebrate and animate the park
•how to pursue opportunities such as bike paths
•how to involve diverse and broader communities
All welcome.  Your input is truly valued!

Thursday, November 27 at 7 pm at Frontenac Village,
1 Place d’Armes, Unit 69. 

Thanks to Audrey Helmstaedt for offering to host this event.
If you are interested in becoming a voting member, getting involved in one or more projects, meeting some new people with similar interests or simply in keeping up with what’s happening, do come!  All welcome!  RSVPs appreciated to so we can have an idea of numbers.  Among other things we will be discussing the Wellington St. Extension, 9 North St., the Bailey Broom Company, ON THE WALL 2015, and plans for other summer events.

3) City of Kingston’s Waterfront Working Group’s first public meeting – A draft conception of possibilities in the Great Cataraqui River section of the waterfront.  Date to be announced -hopefully sometime in December. More anon.

1) Great news from the Amara Zee for this summer!
Another chance for this amazing theatre-on-a-barge to perform in Kingston’s Inner Harbour this summer.  Because Transport Canada refused to allow this non-profit theatre group pleasure-craft status last summer, they have changed citizenship and registered as a U.S. pleasure craft.  We hope that Canada will allow this American ship into Canadian waters to do their wonderful satirical anti-corporate show!  This ship was built in Kingston’s Inner Harbour 20 years ago and the plan was for a sort of home-coming celebration.

2) Red Chairs: A new Parks Canada Program for putting Red Adirondack Chairs at scenic locations.
How about somewhere along the Great Cataraqui River?
Review the Guidelines for Choosing Locations for the Red Chairs.
Start sending your ideas NOW to Annie Laurie at Parks Canada for Red Chair suggested locations – (If you can be specific or can send photos from that vantage point, even better!)
Share this information with your friends, colleagues, council, and communities.
Like Parks Canada’s Rideau Canal Facebook page for Red Chair input and updates.
Follow Parks Canada’s Rideau Canal Twitter feed for Red Chair input and updates. @RideauCanalNHS
Once we have determined potential locations, we hope to work with our municipal partners to bring the Red Chairs to locations near you.

3) Grant application submitted for a Trillium Grant for the 2015 version of ON THE WALL.
Wish us luck!

Happy November.
Mary Farrar,
Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour