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September 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour,

First the invitation!
ALL CANDIDATES MEETING, Oct 9, 7-9 pm sponsored jointly by the McBurney Park Neighbourhood Association and the Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour.  Location to be announced.
Those running for Mayor, King’s town Councillor, and King’s Town school board trustees will be invited.
Further info in the October update and soon on the calendar at Stay tuned.

Second, we are truly enjoying the results of our ON THE WALL street art festival.  If you have not yet visited the wall, do so.  The work of the juried artists is truly wonderful.  Some of the blank wall spaces left have now been filled in with work that is not so stellar but thankfully none of the juried pieces has been painted over.  Respect is evident.
If you are interested in a few more images of just how wonderful street art can be visit

Now for upcoming meetings, concerns and fun fall happenings.

1) TUESDAY, SEPT 9, CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 7:30 pm, Council Chambers, City Hall.  Staff will present a progress report on the proposed Patry development in the Tannery property in the Inner Harbour: 8 six-storey buildings,1500 residential units, 90% rental. Is this what you want? You may well be shocked at what you see.
If you have not already joined the Save Kingston’s Waterfront! Facebook page, consider doing so now.  Discussion about this design ongoing.

2) GALLERY ASSOCIATION SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING –Tuesday, Sept. 9, 5:30 pm at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Come and vote on where you would like the GA to go from here. Some concern that Queen’s wants more control.  Decide for yourself.

3) OURNEIGHBOURHOOD.CA is having a meeting Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 pm at St. Mark’s Church, 263 Victoria St.  All welcome.  This is a sister neighbourhood association and they have a number of planning issues in Williamsville and Sydenham districts as well as issues with accountability and transparency in the City’s dealings with community concerns in general.  We are grateful to them for raising these issues with the City.

4) PAINT THE TOWN in Barriefield this weekend: Sept 12, 13 and 14.
A free plein-air painting and sketching event. To register and for more information contact or 613-549-1528.

5) CYCLE SUNDAY, Sept. 28 at Lake Ontario Park.  Hal Cain, the leader, will give 15 minute cycle demos each hour.  Also, an ABC of tire repair is offered every ½ hour.  More info?

6) SUSTAINABLE KINGSTON is celebrating KINGSTON FEST – Oct 4, 10-3 at St. Lawrence College: workshops, activity stations, local food, music and art.  More info?

7) ON THE WALL t-shirts in both designs.  A few remaining.  If you would like one at the bargain price of $15, contact Irina at

8) THE AMARA ZEE is still trying to get permission from Transport Canada to enter Canadian waters and do their Caravan Stage performances.  If we hear anything, we will definitely let you know.  Last heard they were performing in New York City.

9) THE GREAT CANADIAN SHORELINE CLEAN-UP, Sept 20-28.  We have participated in the past.  Site coordinator needed to organize clean-up for 2-3 hours on one day of your choosing.  If you are interested, that would be truly wonderful.  Register online:   Tell friends and tell us and we will put it up on our calendar.

10) REFERENDUM QUESTION ON KINGSTON CASINO ISSUE on upcoming October ballot.  Last year’s Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour online survey showed over 95% opposed.  To learn more, visit  and encourage your friends to do the same.  Lots of interesting reading.

Trust you are enjoying the beautiful weather and our beautiful Doug Fluhrer Park.  I just found out recently that its traditional name was “The Willows”.  Nice!
Mary Farrar,
Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour