Working Group Go-Ahead
June 19th, 2019
The process of setting up a working group to find “quick wins” in the climate change fight was anything but quick.
In its second look at Collins-Bayridge District Coun. Lisa Osanic’s proposal, now modified to shift its focus from the community in general to the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors, councillors took more than an hour to pass the motion Tuesday night. Read More
Strategic Look at Priority #3
June 14th, 2019
Beginning in early January and, through public consultation and a number of additional special meetings, Kingston City Council set out its five strategic priorities through 2022, which they affirmed and approved an implementation plan for at their meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
Today, we take a more in-depth look at the timely priority #3: Demonstrate Leadership on Climate Action. Council approved five primary projects and priorities within this goal. Read More
Climate Group Derailed
June 5th, 2019
A proposal to strike a working group to find “quick wins” to address climate change ran hard into the reality of municipal bureaucracy at Kingston’s city council meeting on Tuesday night.
Collins-Bayridge District Coun. Lisa Osanic wanted to create a working group to “promote, engage, educate and challenge Kingston residents, institutions and businesses to take immediate, effective and inexpensive actions that will reduce GHG emissions in the community.” Read More
Working Group Seeks "Quick Wins"
May 24th, 2019
A working group of city councillors and climate change organizations is to spend the summer brainstorming for ways residents can contribute to the climate change fight.
“We’re looking for short-term, quick wins,” said Collins-Bayridge District Coun. Lisa Osanic, who informed city council Tuesday night that she would be filing a motion at the next meeting to strike the working group. Read More
May 23rd, 2019
This year, Monday, Jun. 2 to Saturday, Jun. 8 is Canadian Environment Week. An easy way to celebrate is by joining the Commuter Challenge – a Canada-wide initiative encouraging commuters to leave their car at home. Kingston has participated annually in this event and often finishes in the top three cities in Ontario! Read More
Walk the Walk
May 17th, 2019
Driving less. Buying local. Planting trees. Taking meat off the menu.
To varying degrees, most of the 13 people who made Kingston the first municipality in Ontario to declare a climate emergency are at least trying to walk the walk when it comes to fighting climate change on the home front. Read More
May 15th, 2019
We're very excited to release the final report on our Kingston Attitudes on Climate Change survey. Please click below for final survey results.
Demanding Municipal Action
May 8th, 2019
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 a rally was held outside the City of Kingston’s Strategic Planning meeting at Goodes Hall by 350 Kingston, a group of local citizens “committed to taking action on climate change.” This was the city’s fourth strategic planning session and intended to finalize council’s 2019-2022 strategic plans.
Clad in red to represent emergency, the protestors gathered outside Goodes Hall and the meeting room with signs, bullhorns, and a red chair labelled as ‘the hot seat’ with the goal of ensuring that “councillors and the mayor know that inaction is negligent.” Stressing the severity and time-sensitive nature of climate change, the protest’s event page on Facebook said that city’s “strategic plan guiding the next four years needs to reflect that.” Read More
Council Sets Priorities
May 8th, 2019
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Kingston City Council met in Committee of the Whole and approved their five strategic priorities through 2022. These priorities and projects, which were first established over a series of three meetings in March and prioritized using the help of public consultation and an external facilitator, were set as:
- Increase housing affordability
- Improve walkability, roads and transportation
- Demonstrate leadership on climate action
- Strengthen economic development opportunities
- Foster healthy citizens and vibrant spaces
Kingston Climate Strike
May 3rd, 2019
Despite the overcast weather, the crowd came out to Confederation park Friday afternoon, May 03, 2019 to urge politicians and their fellow citizens to take action on climate change.
The lineup of speakers and guests included local politicians, councillors, professors, activists, faith leaders, artists, and health officials. Read More
Dropbike in Kingston
May 1st, 2019
A new fleet of orange and white bikes is hitting the streets of Kingston this month as Dropbike Inc. launches its community bike sharing program.
The upgraded Dropbikes will be set up at 50-plus ‘Dropbike havens’ around Kingston, and can be rented for a fee using the company’s mobile app. Once users are finished, the bikes can be returned at any haven in the city. Read More
Making of a Motion
April 30th, 2019
Almost two months ago, The City of Kingston officially declared a climate emergency. We were the first municipality in Ontario to do so. The motion – moved by me and seconded by Councillor Neill – passed with unanimous support, 13-0. All councillors and the mayor voted in favour.
Some were left wondering how this happened, myself included. Read More
Sleepwalking to Disaster
April 20th, 2019
“When people are going to think back at this generation, they are going to say ‘stupid and selfish,’” he added. “Stupid because they had the facts and they refused to listen. Selfish because they refused to do anything because it might cost them a little right now.”
“The point of fiddling with things or doing small systems changes are not going to get us where we need to go,” Colleen Gareau, co-founder of the Kingston Climate Hub, added. “There has to be a real overhaul of our thinking and how we do things and we don’t have a lot of time now.” Read More
City Seeks Local Artists
April 16th, 2019
The City of Kingston is seeking submissions related to Paved Paradise, a temporary public art exhibit that first debuted in 2018.
The exhibit will be installed on a series of pedestrian-level billboards facing Kingston City Hall beside the parking lot on Brock Street at Ontario Street.
The theme for this year’s Paved Paradise project is Imagined Futures, Pressing Times, a response to the City’s recent declaration of a climate emergency – a bold step that identifies the urgency to deepen our commitment to protect our ecosystem and community. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 17 by 3 p.m. Read More
Flood Prevention in YGK
April 9th, 2019
By declaring a climate emergency, city councillors have already pledged to make Kingston a leader in climate action. But some of the damage has already been done, as seen during significant rain events the past two summers — 2017 in particular. Now, city staff are recommending a number of measures to prevent flooding at 10 flood-prone locations across Kingston. Read More
Cllr. Kiley on Climate Action
April 3rd, 2019
Now that Kingston has declared a climate emergency, what happens next? Kingston City Councillor Robert Kiley speaks to Shauna Cunningham about why Kingston has declared a climate emergency and what the city has to do now. Watch Here
Climate Hub Releases Survey
April 2nd, 2019
Kingston Climate Hub released a survey today with the goal of better understanding local residents’ beliefs about climate change and their attitudes toward taking action. Read More
Canada Failing Grade on Climate
April 2nd, 2019
Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand says Canada is not doing enough to combat climate change.
“For decades, successive federal governments have failed to reach their targets for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, and the government is not ready to adapt to a changing climate,” she said in a statement Tuesday morning. “This must change.” Read More
"Frightening" Ontario Climate Policy
March 28th, 2019
Ontario’s environmental commissioner issued dire warnings Wednesday about the “frightening” state of climate policy in the province as she delivered her office’s last report. The Progressive Conservative government announced last fall that it was eliminating the office of the environmental commissioner and merging its functions with the auditor general. In delivering a report on energy conservation, Dianne Saxe said Ontario is heading in the wrong direction on the environment. Read More
March 28th, 2019
After spending three days at the Queen’s University Smith School of Business, Kingston city councillors have determined the five areas in which they’d like to make significant advances during the remainder of their term. Read More
Electric Vehicles a Solution
March 28th, 2019
If Kingston city councillors wish to implement their recent declaration of a “climate emergency,” they should at least electrify city buses and vehicles to help reduce the use of gasoline and diesel in Kingston. This use accounts for 37 per cent (the highest sector) of total emissions by Kingston drivers (422,000 tons of CO2). Read More
Will Kingston Answer the Call?
March 26th, 2019
The Pittsburgh District councillor’s motion to ask citizens to sacrifice and donate to a city climate change fund was half right. I am confident that Kingstonians are up to the challenge of reducing their carbon footprint, but I am less confident that the idea of local government solicitation of donations, on top of government carbon taxation, is a wise plan. Read More
Bicycle Theft and Climate
March 20th, 2019
City council announcing a climate change emergency earlier this month is a promising start to 2019 as it can be the beginning of a series of policies and initiatives that can help Kingston achieve its goal of becoming Canada’s most sustainable city. However, year after year, hundreds of bicycles are stolen in Kingston. Read More
Voluntary Climate Fund
March 19th, 2019
City council followed up on its climate emergency declaration by directing staff to look for ways that citizens could donate to a fund that would support local efforts to develop technology to combat climate change. But while the city’s climate declaration was unanimously supported, the idea of voluntary contributions on top of property taxes to help fund the development of climate-saving technology didn’t sit well among some members of council. Read More
Mayor Joins Global Climate Coalition
March 18th, 2019
As a member of this global covenant, Mayor Paterson joins an international coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, making their communities more resilient to the unavoidable impacts of climate change, and providing access to sustainable energy. Read More
How Climate Will Shape Kingston
March 15th, 2019
According to City of Kingston projections, the city’s climate levels with Syracuse, New York in the 2020’s and the future takes shape. Heat waves, ice storms and intense rain buffet the city.
The heat leads to long, hot dry spells and draughts that yield scarce crops and threaten farmer’s livelihoods. The heavy precipitation impacts civil infrastructure; flooding is so common that insurance is hard to come by in the University District.
Heading into 2050, disease outbreaks become far more common—Lyme Disease in particular spikes as ticks spread the illness. At this point, the City’s climate and surrounding regions most resemble Columbus, Ohio. Read More
March 15th, 2019
Anywhere from 300 to 800 people gathered in the streets of Kingston throughout the day, joining those in over 95 countries internationally taking part in the global ‘Climate Strike’ on Friday, Mar. 15, 2019. Read More
March 15th, 2019
More than 300 people marched through downtown Kingston on Friday afternoon as part of a global protest against climate change. The protesters, many of them from Queen’s University, called for decisive action at all government levels to address climate change in a meaningful way. Read More
Climate Emergency ... Now What?
March 13th, 2019
Last week Kingston made history by becoming the first municipality in Ontario to declare a climate emergency. But what does that mean for residents of the Limestone City? Read More
City Leads Ontario in Decision
March 8, 2019
Declaring a climate emergency will formalize Kingston’s commitment to the environment—making the reduction of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions priorities as council moves into their strategic planning period in the coming weeks. Read More
'Emergency' is the right word
March 7, 2019
If the word fits, use it, said a Queen’s University biology professor who has spent his career researching the impact of climate change.
Prof. John Smol, the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and president-elect of the Academy of Science with the Royal Society of Canada, said Kingston city council’s climate emergency declaration on Tuesday night was an important step to getting real local action. Read More
What Climate Emergency Really Means
March 7, 2019
Margaret Klein Salamon, the founder and executive director of the Climate Mobilization — an international network of organizers and policymakers aiming to initiate a “WWII-scale” mobilization around climate — says that reversing course on climate change will require this kind of effort from cities around the world. . Read More
Kingston 1st ON Climate Emergency
March 6, 2019
Voting to declare a climate emergency makes the city the first municipality in Ontario to do so. Council will now discuss different ways the city can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read More
City Council Declares Emergency
March 6, 2019
An eastern Ontario city has become the latest Canadian municipality to declare climate change as an emergency in need of local government attention. Read More
Climate Emergency in Kingston
March 5, 2019
City council unanimously voted to declare a climate emergency “for the purposes of naming, framing and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our ecosystems and our community from climate change.” Read More
YGK Climate Emergency Motion
February 22, 2019
City council may be about to follow the lead of other municipalities around the world and declare a climate emergency.
Council, at its first meeting in March, is to vote on a motion calling for the city to “officially declare a climate emergency for the purposes of naming, framing and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our ecology and our community from climate change.”
The motion follows similar actions by approximately 40 municipal councils around the world seeking to move climate change up on the agenda. Read More
Council Agrees to Join GCoM
February 19, 2019
During the February 19th council meeting, council unanimously voted to participate in the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. They also directed staff to provide an annual report on the city's commitments to the Global Covenent. Read More
February 19, 2019
The Time for Serious Climate Action is Now
KINGSTON, ON – Citizens cannot rely on government alone to solve critically challenging issues. Nor can they sit patiently waiting for change to happen.
That’s why the Kingston Climate Hub was formed: to provide non-partisan information on climate change, to mobilize the community to take climate action locally, and to monitor government and industry actions and outcomes. Read More
New Language of Climate Change
January 27, 2019
Stop talking about who or what is most responsible. And focus instead on what is happening and how unusual it is—and what it is costing communities. Read More
Hope and Despair
January 17, 2019
The challenge of combating climate change is a stark choice between hope and despair, both of which have a role to play, Ontario’s environment commissioner says. Speaking at the second annual Kingston Climate Change Symposium on Thursday, Dianne Saxe said human-made climate change is the most pressing challenge facing the planet. Read More