2018 ELECTION RESULTS
Councillor – District 10 – Sydenham
2018 Campaign Letter
- He gets right to the point and brings out the best in our City staff. He improves the debates
- He knows the issues, listens and responds to your concerns, and has shown he can make a difference
- He cares. He’s a father, a nurse, an environmentalist and an advocate for the neighbourhoods
- He has been elected Chair of three committees, showing he has the support of his Council colleagues
HE SUPPORTS THINGS LIKE:
- New housing developments that are human scale, high-quality and fit the neighbourhood
- Spending wisely & approaching budget issues from the perspective of a sustainable economy
- Investments in parks, trails, transit and pedestrian safety infrastructure
HE OPPOSES THINGS LIKE:
- Tall condo projects that ruin heritage or block the waterfront
- Closing any community school or reducing any community service
- Special interest groups attempting to control the Council agenda
PETER IS POSITIVE, ENERGETIC AND DEDICATED.
HE WANTS KINGSTON TO THRIVE.
HE HAS BEEN WORKING NON-STOP FOR YEARS TO SHOW THIS!
- Peter was the only Councillor to be elected Chair of three committees, and also served five terms as Deputy Mayor.
- He is the ongoing and inaugural chair of the new Heritage Kingston committee
- You can follow City Council on the City website here: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/city-council
Some of the advocacy work by Peter includes:
- Asking Council to enact an Interim Control bylaw, which would put a halt on so-called “monster home” additions
- Convincing Council to halt a development of a ten-bedroom addition to a seven-bedroom home beside a primary school
- Standing up in Council to plead for reconsideration of the Memorial Centre Site for the new high school.
- Receiving unanimous Council support for deferral of Heritage recommendation from staff that would severely sideline the Heritage Committee, in order to get a report on current practices in other cities that indeed consult their Committee on alterations in a Heritage District.
- Pointing out the urban tree deficit during Strategic Planning in 2015 and started the “Double the Tree Canopy by 2025” initiative.
- Improving winter pedestrian safety in the University District, and adding a “scramble” crossing at University & Union
- Detailed questioning at EITP committee of the Public Works department in charge of Winter Snow Removal, and also of staff responsible for severely flawed update to Transportation Master Plan.
- Discussing with Principal Woolf the need to ensure that adequate student housing capacity exists before further expansion of enrolment by Queen’s, and giving frequent advice to Queen’s administration regarding how to achieve and maintain harmony between permanent residents and student residents.
- Moving two amendments, both of which passed at Council on December 16th and January 27th, in favour of having staff help the Marine Museum extend its lease and examine other options to help it survive, including asking for it to be designated as a National Urban Park.
- Peter was the only Councillor to move a budget amendment asking to reduce the budget. His motion to freeze the KEDCO budget at the same level as the previous year (instead of approving a 2% increase) failed by a vote of 5-8.
- Facilitating a meeting between Engineering staff and residents of Ellerbeck St, that achieved the promise to widen the lanes to their original width before reconstruction.
- Helping to resolve the parking issue in Sydenham especially near the Tennis and Lawn Bowling Clubs.
- Attempting to improve the garbage collection system by encouraging accountability of all garbage via a free tagged garbage system, similar to that in South Frontenac.
- Writing the motion, which passed unanimously, and following up with staff so that we successfully completed the K & P Trail, to connect with downtown, in time for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. Read the full motion here: Draft motion for K P trail 2017 final