Chris Morris – A neighbour you can trust.

My plan includes protecting our natural environment, enhancing our public spaces, supporting our impoverished, and focusing on smart development in the right places.

I’m running for city council because I want to represent my friends and neighbours in Lakeside. My family has lived here for over 10 years. I love this area and I want to be your voice and advocate at City Hall. You will always be able to speak with me, and I will represent you with honesty, integrity, and transparency. I’ve outlined some of my ideas how about to continue making Lakeside and Kingston a great place to live. For more details on these ideas and others, I am easily reachable by phone, email, or social media. I’d love to hear from you!

 

PLANS FOR LAKESIDE:

  • Infrastructure upgrades. The sewer system in Reddendale, in particular, is outdated. The culvert system in the older part of the neighbourhood to the pumping station at Lakeshore and Front are in dire need of upgrades.
  • Traffic calming. From Sunny Acres to Bath Road to Acadia, I’m hearing plenty of concerns about speed on our roads. It will be impossible to tackle this issue on every street, but an increased enforcement policy is the best way to make a difference.
  • Tick control. Ticks are a massive problem in Lemoine Point (and throughout the city) and I will make management of this a top priority so we can have one less worry when enjoying our natural spaces.
  • The expansion of Norman Rogers Airport is underway, and I will do my best to ensure the project is completed on time and on budget. If demand allows it, I will seek an opportunity to introduce a competing airline to allow for additional route options and competitive pricing.
  • RG Sinclair, a beloved school which is respected citywide, has been earmarked for potential closure. I oppose the closing of RG Sinclair, and I will fight any plans for closure. If it follows through, a strong plan is needed for the future of that valuable public space.
  • Centre 70 will come up for revitalisation in the next few years. It will likely not remain as a single-surface hockey arena, and we’ll have a great opportunity to enhance our recreation public space options in Lakeside.

 

HOUSING

  • Invest in and diversify our social housing inventory to get Kingstonians into housing they can afford.
  • Support the Housing First model as a top priority.
  • Ensure mental health and other social services are available to those in need.

Kingston’s vacancy rates currently sits at an unsustainable 0.7%. Rents are becoming unaffordable for many people in Kingston, and landlords have less incentive to maintain their units. We need to get our vacancy rate into about the 3% range in order to bring the rental market back into balance. We can do this by focusing on the housing for the people who need it the most: the homeless, the underemployed, those living below the poverty line, and seniors living on a small fixed income. We need to invest in social housing units, we need to hold developers to their commitments for affordable housing, and we need to invest in shelters. Starting here will open up more average-priced units for the middle class, and will make rent and housing prices more affordable for everybody.

 

SUSTAINABILITY and ENVIRONMENT

  • Provide better recycling options in all public places and for small businesses.
  • Prioritize tick control program at Lemoine Point, Norman Rogers Airport, and other city parks.
  • Support Kingston’s active transportation plan.
  • Review city tree by-law to better protect rare species.
  • Encourage the use of traffic circles over traffic lights.

At nearly every door I hear a concern related to cars on the road: speed, the condition of roads, safety, etc. By supporting public and active transportation initiatives, we can help Kingstonians, particularly in the west and east end, become less reliant on cars. Fewer cars means less road maintenance, less pollution, and better safety.

 

SAFETY and ACCESSIBILITY

  • Work with police to get more patrols in neighbourhoods and at busy streets.
  • Prioritize re-paving damaged roads.
  • Add defibrillators and naxolone kits to city buses.
  • Review current and future traffic calming measures across Lakeside.
  • Prioritize accessibility and inclusivity in all municipal projects.

I’ve spoken to quite a few Lakeside residents about a few things that Kingston to do better for people with disabilities. For example, there aren’t any accessible crosswalks in our area for the visually impaired. Some of the crossings are too short for people with mobility issues. At every opportunity, I will ensure that the needs of all Kingstonians are met in every way, and that the safety of our residents is paramount in every decision.

 

ECONOMY AND CULTURE

  • Encourage smart development that respects neighbourhood standards.
  • Clean up the beach at Crerar Park.
  • Continue to develop waterfront and natural areas for public use while respecting the environment.
  • Develop west end public events, festivals, and tourism opportunities.
  • Add a splash pad in Lakeside!

Over the past few years, Kingston has come a long way with respect to parks, performing arts, tourism, and family activities, but so many of them are focused around downtown. Don’t get me wrong, I love downtown Kingston. My wife owns a store on Princess Street and I’m downtown no less once a week. But it’s time for the west end to get our share. I’d love to have more public live music and arts events in the west end, better parks in Lakeside, and a great waterfront area that’s easy for everyone to use like Breakwater Park.

 

Kingston can’t grow with a disregard for the four pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, cultural, and economic.

  • Kingston does great on recycling, but we can do so much more, particularly in public spaces.
  • Affordable housing and access to services for low-income families and marginalized people in all areas of the city.
  • Smart development that focuses on density and reduces sprawl
  • Parks, recreation, and transportation that is accessible to all Kingstonians