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is just a fraction of what’s needed to complete the overall widening work on the busy EMC News – After two east-west corridor. The more years of dust, delays and de- expensive phases, estimated tours, the first construction at $60 million, will see Counphases to widen John Counter ter Blvd. widened to four lanes to the VIA train station, Boulevard are finally done. The traffic pylons were along with a bridge over the removed during an official main CN train tracks. City officials have not yet opening ceremony in early August to give motorists four revealed a timeline to comtravel lanes plus a centre turn- plete the final phases of the ing lane and dedicated cy- project, although they insist cling lanes between Division Kingston is prepared to fiStreet to just west of Sir John nance the work on its own if senior governments won’t A. Macdonald Boulevard. “The expansion of John provide additional funding. Counter Boulevard (JCB) is Kingston has sought provina major local infrastructure cial and federal government priority in Kingston,” said grants - one third from each level - for the past decade to Mayor Mark Gerretsen. The mayor was joined at complete the JCB expansion the ceremony by Conserva- without much success. The federal gas tax fund tive MP Gord Brown, who noted the federal gas tax fund would be available to the city contributed money for the in any case to spend on infrastructure work it chooses. widening project. Mayor Gerretsen says “Our government’s infrastructure investments through completing the widening and the Gas Tax Fund will con- bridge work remains his top tinue to generate economic priority. “I want to get that growth and job creation done from an infrastructure here in Kingston and across point of view – the overpass Canada for years to come,” and the widening of the rest of said the Leeds-Grenville Counter (JCB), and then start MP, standing in for federal to look at how do we build a infrastructure minister Denis bridge to the east end.” John Counter Boulevard is Lebel. The government con- over-capacity for traffic in its tributed one million dollars remaining two-lane stretch. towards the $17.4 million An estimated 4,000 vehicles project through the gas tax currently use JCB during a fund. The city used its own peak hour in the afternoon infrastructure fund and de- - a figure expected to rise to velopment charges to pay the more than 6,300 vehicles an 2 YEAR balance of the project. WARRANTY hour by 2029, according to But the JCB construction earlier transportation studies.
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EMC News â€“ Kingston homeowners will be eligible for cash incentives to convert part of their houses into â€˜affordableâ€™ secondary suites, according to a new plan to boost affordable housing and combat homelessness. The 10-year strategy, unveiled last week, contains more than 40 recommendations designed to increase the supply and affordability of housing in Kingston and Frontenac County based on well-documented challenges such as an aging population, overall decline in the number of rental housing units, long waiting list for subsidized housing, and the added demand placed on the cityâ€™s existing affordable housing market by college and university students. One highlight of the strategy would provide a grant of up to $15,000 to qualified homeowners to renovate and rent out part of their house, such as the basement, for at least five years. Council adopted a policy earlier this year to permit second residential units in certain parts of the city without the need for a costly and timeconsuming zoning bylaw change. The rezoning and application process had been a major drawback to create and legalize basement apartments. But times are changing. Secondary suites are now treated â€˜as a rightâ€™ in many neighbourhoods of Kingston. It means homeowners wonâ€™t need to go through the application process, but theyâ€™d still need a building permit. Provincial and city housing offi-
cials now recognize that many singlefamily homes can be divided to create additional rental units to meet the demand for lower-cost housing. Among the benefits: -provide more options for seniors who are looking for other sources of income to stay in their homes, -lower financial barriers to firsttime homebuyers who can now rely on tenants to help pay their mortgage, -make the most of water and sewer infrastructure on existing streets, -create income-mixed neighbourhoods. It costs an estimated $50,000 to $70,000 to build a rental unit in an existing house. The recommended $15,000 forgivable loan would assist a homeowner to rent living space that meets the health and safety requirements of the Ontario Building Code. Owners would also have to sign an agreement with the city to guarantee that a new one or two-bedroom apartment will have affordable rent for at least five years. Affordable rents are typically no higher than 80 percent of the average monthly rental market rates as determined by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. An additional $7,000 forgivable loan will be offered to help offset any planning application fees related to the creation of a secondary suite in a house. â€œThe proposed program funding amendments are consistent with other municipal jurisdictions which have implemented similar funding programs,â€? according to a housing report from Lanie Hurdle, commissioner of community services.
Owners must also live in the converted homes to be eligible for the grants. Money for the program will come from an existing $5 million, five year municipal capital funding pool. Experts believe the strategy to create affordable housing within existing homes will help tackle another problem: homelessness. The city currently funds six emergency shelters to help people, including women, families and youth, who have no place to stay in both the urban and rural areas. In 2012, 57 of Kingstonâ€™s 78 municipally-funded shelter beds were full every night. Experts say emergency shelters are designed for short-term stays, but it appears the opposite is happening. The average length of stay in a shelter last year was 28 nights, compared with 22 nights in 2010, suggesting the community lacks adequate affordable housing to move people into more permanent housing. â€œIn total, 818 unique clients stayed in Kingstonâ€™s six shelters in 2012. This is an increase of 25 percent over 2011,â€? according to a housing analysis. The city has set an ambitious goal to eradicate homelessness by 2023 through a variety of measures such as greater coordination of community support systems, introduction of specialized shelters that target specific needs (infirmary beds, one night crash beds, palliative care beds), offering housing support staff in shelters, streamline housing diversion assistance and additional funding to create sustainable affordable housing.
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Experiencing Kingston By Canoe at my grandparents’ cottage and paddle five minutes downstream to a nearby swamp. It was a big deal if we saw a frog, a huge deal if a turtle was spotted, and an absolute joy if we caught a glimpse of the great blue heron who resided there. We saw some pretty interesting birds on David’s canoe tour, too. As we paddled out of Confederation Basin, which serves as home base for Kingston By Canoe, I saw a large, almost heron-like black bird sitting on a log. “What’s that?” I asked. “That’s a cormorant,” David answered, and immediately I felt silly for not recognizing such a common bird.
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