Municipal Elections 2018 - Your Candidates' Position - Culture & Heritage

As part of KAM’s Advocacy plan, we posed two questions to the Mayoral and District Councillor candidates for the City of Kingston in this year’s municipal election.

We would like to know how much support we will have in the upcoming Council term – and who our supporters are.

The membership of KAM needs to know who we can go to in the future to help secure and grow our future.  Please take a moment to consider the responses to our questions as you select who you and your supporters will ask to be our champions in the planning and budgeting cycles at City Hall. 

The questions we posed were:

1 - Why do you believe that the City of Kingston needs to continue to support this vital sector?

2 - How will Heritage and Culture initiatives be identified as a priority for the next City Council?

Responses to the questions are below:

Mayoral Candidates

 

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Response

Eric Lee

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Rob Matheson

22 Sep 2018

This is a social, economic, and cultural driver for our gem of a community. I would continue to  grow our support as well as that of not only our community partners, but regional ones as well.

 Heritage and Culture crosses so many of the Sustainability portions of our Pillars. As a priority it must always be high on our list.  It is indeed an economic diver for our local restaurants, hotels, and businesses. Personally I would like to see an immediate review of the old Train Station building and property on Montreal St. This has been a tragically neglected site., that I see as a potential community hub for that part of our City, while putting to proof our CIty motto of where history and innovation thrive.

I look forward to working as YOUR Mayor to not only support the history and culture of our community, but also tackle the historical inequities in our democratic decision making, to ensure that as we look after our heritage, that we truly learn from it, and not repeat the unsavory aspects.  We must work to improve our neglected social and environmental pillars, lest we forget, that without a healthy environment or society, we won't have much to preserve.

Do the math, change the path. Together.

 

Bryan Paterson

Not received yet

 

Vicki Schmolka

Not received yet

 

 

Councillor – Countryside District #1

 

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Louis Cyr

Not received yet

 

Gary Oosterhof

Not received yet

 

Jeff Scott

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Councillor – Loyalist-Cataraqui District #2

 

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George Bittu

Not received yet

 

Simon Chapelle

20 Sep 2018

As the first Capital City of our great country, Kingston has a long and valued history which must be cherished and preserved.  Our heritage is vitally important, not only for Kingstonians, but for visitors who come here from around the globe.  We have many stories to tell and we can do so with our exciting museums, monuments, parks and cultural events.

As a member of Kingston City Council, I will continue to recognize the pride of our rich heritage and the many benefits to our city.  In a tangible way, I will review the budget with Council and ensure that the programs offered are value added, affordable and create the partnerships needed to increase our cultural wealth.

 A critical component of a smart economy is recognizing the jewels around us.  And Kingston has many jewels which must be presented to the world.  As part of Kingston’s new Strategic Plan, we must place an emphasis on wealth creation through enhanced tourism, marketing strategies which celebrate our exciting culture, and the development of public/private partnerships, where everyone benefits.

I’m confident that my decade of experience in economic development will contribute in a positive way to the creation of new and innovative strategies which will put Kingston and its rich heritage at the forefront of our marketing plans.

Stephanie Drapeau

Not received yet

 

Georgina Riel

Not received yet

 

 

Councillor – Collins-Bayridge District #3

 

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Response

Don Amos

Not received yet

 

Lisa Osanic

22 Sep 2018

The museums, art galleries and historic sites are very important to Kingston's tourism industry.  We need as many sites as possible to attract tourists and to keep them coming back to Kingston.  At the same time, they are important to build Kingston's cultural community among its residents.  It is important for Kingston residents to learn about Kingston's history and to remember it.

The new council will hold a strategy session to lay out a 4 year plan like the previous councils have done and councillors can ensure that heritage and culture initiatives are included in the plan.  Arts and cultural features have been dominating Planning Applications over the past two years as part of Community  Benefits when developers have proposed excess height such as the Capital Condo or most recently, an art gallery being added to a proposed two building development in the city's downtown by Homestead Land Holdings.   When buildings are built/repurposed such as the revitalized Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, councillors can ensure that space is reserved in those buildings for heritage and culture organizations.   The new council should ask staff for an update on the status of the city's Cultural Plan before the 2019 budget meetings begin.  That way, the new council can be aware of how well the city is tracking to the 5 year plan and what implementations of the action items/ recommendations are still on track and which are behind schedule.  Adjustments in budget can then be proposed and allocated accordingly.

 

 

Councillor – Lakeside District #4

 

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Response

Wayne Hill

Not received yet

 

Ashley Johnson

Not received yet

 

Dave McKenna

Not received yet

 

Jordan Morelli

Not received yet

 

Chris Morris

21 Sep 2018

We only need to look at the success of Kingston Penitentiary tours in the last few years to see how much demand there is for this type of culture. KP tours have been bringing new tourists to Kingston, exposing them further to our history, museums, and our city in general

 As a concerned citizen, I strongly opposed the removal of any walls at KP. I think visiting a prison with only half the walls will feel like half the experience. I would push strongly for this to be reconsidered.

Kingston is loved and respected worldwide for its heritage and culture, and tourism injects over $700 million into our economy every year. I will push to maintain the look and feel of downtown while respecting the need for further investment and intensification in our core.  I will only support new development that respects and contributes to our heritage and culture.

Ed Smith

Not received yet

 

 

Councillor – Portsmouth District #5

 

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Response

Chris Ball

Not received yet

 

Alexandra de Haas

Not received yet

 

Bridget Doherty

19 October 2018

 

Museums and art galleries are truly a ‘vital’ sector in our community.  They help shape the Kingston we are proud of;  draw visitors from around the world; and offer a place to celebrate and experience the many stories from Kingston’s rich history.

They also offer opportunities for learning and healing, like the Kent Monkman exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. This exhibition is only one example where art was used to educate and address a current need, in this case embracing the calls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

I also believe it is our responsibility to preserve historic sites for future generations and ensure there are physical reminders from all aspects of the lives of those that came before us.

Priorities are set at the beginning of the new term.  If elected, I would look forward to an update on the list of recommendations set out in the Kingston Culture Plan and from the Heritage Kingston committee, before decisions are made.

David Dossett

19 September 2018

I am an artist, and I own Martello Alley. In 2015 I converted a sketchy, dirty alley with an empty store at the end of it into what many describe as "Kingston's hidden treasure". As a business owner in a downtown that depends heavily on the tourist industry (70% of our customers at Martello Alley are tourists), I am very aware of the importance of our museums. Without museums we would barely have a tourist industry. Without a tourist industry, shops (like mine), restaurants and hotels would suffer.

 I cannot speak for council, but if elected I will make sure to advocate for heritage and culture, because that is what makes us different - that is what drives tourists to Kingston. I interact with visitors every day and many of them say that heritage and culture is what brings them to Kingston. But one of the gaps that we need to fill is the fact that some of the museums close after labour day, even though there are still a lot of tourists coming to Kingston. We have to find creative ways to fund an extension of the season for the museums in the Kingston region.

 

Carly Francke

Not received yet

 

 

Councillor – Trillium District #6

 

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Response

Jimmy Hassan

Not received yet

 

Jim Hoover

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Robert Kiley

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Floyd Patterson

Not received yet

 

 

Councillor – Kingscourt-Rideau District #7

 

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Response

Cheryl-Anne Dorey-Bennett

22 Sep 2018

Cultural Tourism  represents a vital component of the tourism experience in Kingston. Tourism represents the largest industry in the world and for many cities, it represents an opportunity to grow the local economy, create jobs and to enhance cultural and global awareness. Our community is blessed with a remarkable inventory of historical buildings, sites and museums that is the envy of many Canadian cities.  We are unique in having the blended history of French, British and Indigenous  historical roots. We need to continue to support and  enhance the tourism experience in our City to ensure that we are recognized as a modern and relevant community that reflects a contemporary interpretative approach to Canada’s unique history. 

 The City must continue to build funding support within the community and at our senior levels of government to ensure that Heritage and Culture along with our  tourism infrastructure and programming remains a desirable product for attracting tourists to our community. We also need to do a better job of promoting our heritage and culture that forms a vital part of the tourism opportunities that exists in our City to our own residents.  I know that there are many people in our community that have not visited or participated in many of our tourism experiences in Kingston that highlight our shared national and local history and culture. Working closely with our area schools to arrange visits and participation opportunities for youth at our tourism and museum destinations would be another way of promoting community awareness of this part of the  tourism and cultural experiences that can be experienced in our own community.  Everyone needs to be a tourism ambassador for Kingston.

Mary Rita Holland

Not received yet

 

Darryl McIntosh

Not received yet

 

 

Councillor – Meadowbrook-Strathcona District #8

 

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Jeff McLaren

Not received yet

 

Taylor Pearce

Not received yet

 

 

Councillor – Williamsville District #9

 

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Vincent Cinanni

Not received yet

 

Andre Imbeault

Not received yet

 

Jim Neill

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Councillor – Sydenham District #10

 

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Dylan Chenier

Not received yet

 

Steve France

Not received yet

 

Matt Gaiser

22 Sep 2018

I write this portion of the response after just having passed one of the fortifications as well as the old train station and locomotive. Despite having passed them all before, I paused to gaze and even this time take a snapshot to send to a friend who enjoys photos of what Kingston is like.

The first and best reason to support the sector is because it is interesting and people value it. Numerous people there had paused just like myself to examine that old locomotive and go into the train station. Others were taking pictures of the fortification or posing near city hall. The significance of it and every other heritage site to both visitors and members of the community is reason enough to provide support. We should not be ashamed or feel the need to find an economic justification to want it. Wanting it and enjoying it is reason enough. 

The second reason is the aforementioned economic benefit. Heritage jobs are jobs which cannot be removed from Kingston or outsourced. They are jobs which bring in tourist money, not just shift the spending of Kingstonians from one business to another. They are jobs which are often seasonal, providing critical employment opportunities to young people.

Heritage and cultural organizations would best know what is required to support them, so I would push to invite them to address council to tell us what the weak areas are and how we can help. Too often politicians prescribe policies based on a superficial understanding of an issue and those policies turn out to be unworkable in practice. I would rather not be one of those politicians.

The first step is to make the invitation to begin a discussion. We can go on from there.

Peter Stroud

Not received yet

 

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Councillor – King’s Town District #11

 

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Response

Byron Emmons

Not received yet

 

Rob Hutchison

Not received yet

 

 AV

Councillor – Pittsburgh District #12

 

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Response

Ryan Nelson Boehme

24 Sep 2018

I believe that the city needs to continue to support this vital sector as it is in an intrinsic part of the fabric of what makes Kingston a great city.  We offer modern amenities, while at the same time preserving history and education within the many museums that we have to offer.  They are naturally part of, and support the tourism and economic sector and provide life long memories to many.  Some of my fondest memories are from attending and learning within the wonderful museums within Kingston.

It is no secret that we have limited resources and an unlimited amount of demands on those resources, however, it is important that we continue to increase our investment in our museums so that they can remain viable and continue to provide the services that they offer.  The best way forward is to increase the understanding of all the benefits that the museums bring with them and how increasing support could increase those benefits.  A win-win scenario.

 

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