The EVENT IMPACT ANALYSIS for the 1000 Islands Poker Run will be meekly accepted by Kingston's new Council on Tuesday night.
Read the whole thing, and judge for yourself.
It never seems to matter how transparently ridiculous these reports are, they always get forwarded, and are always accepted by Kingston City Council.
Sad thing is, it's far from the worst report on the evening's agenda. That honour could go to the Economic Impact of Kingston Airport which says, brace yourself:
Total gross revenues generated by activities at Kingston Airport during 2009 are estimated to be $49.5 million.
That's a hair under a million dollars a week.
Apparently there's nothing pushover-commissioners Cynthia Beach and Denis Leger won't endorse to Council. The LVEC fiasco held no visible consequences for these two, and it evidently taught them nothing, so today the flow of bull continues unabated.
Is Kingston's waterfront not ruined enough? The destruction has got to stop sometime. Maybe it will finally stop when all of it is ruined.
The misguided and disastrous Harvey Rosen era is supposed to be over.
The latest WATER LEVEL REPORT gives insight into what to expect come Spring.
Looks like, for the second year in a row, we'll be facing low water levels again.
But what's worse is the forecast for the big lakes upstream; that's not good at all.
The request to tone-down the lighting seems reasonable. There isn't much, if any, civil aviation in the region, especially at night.
Consider too that mariners have been negotiating the very treacherous approaches to Kingston Harbour with a minimum and decreasing level of lit buoyage for decades now.
Paul Wash just posted an interesting photo of Anglin Bay in the early 1970's. View it large.
COAST GUARD STATION RELOCATION is still a threat, according to the Fall 2010 Portsmouth Community Newsletter
There's a whiff of arrogance from the feds here. Anne Milina Park, on the water, is definitely threatened.
PDCA has been disappointed that the Coast Guard (Department of Fisheries and Oceans-DFO) has shown no interest in discussing the matter with municipal representatives.
As citizens, we might want to consider working to kaibosh the whole relocation plan.
The WOLFE ISLAND TRANSPORTATION STUDY is the subject of a City Planning Committee Report for its next next meeting on October 7th.
The report is woefully incomplete. For example, the only Exhibit contains this statement which overlays the drawing.
Alternatives C1-C3 and C5-C17 are also carried forward for further consideration
For more on the 16 glossed-over alternatives, see page 14 of the public meeting display boards which include a bunch of non-bridge options.
That said, it certainly appears that several evidently ridiculous bridge route options remain on the table.
It's good to see the City and KEDCO finally pulling together for regattas and sorely-needed regatta-related improvements to our aging ( crumbling?) marina infrastructure.
Also interesting is the 21-page ISAF Guidelines for the 2014 Worlds. Read the whole thing; it involves very significant on-water assets, concessions to ISAF micro-management, and deference to an expensive IOC-style "V.I.P." culture. Almost all of this excess is supposedly on the host committee's tab.
Do all aspects or European-style sport-federation dictates fly here in North America, specifically here in Kingston? Certainly not.
These time-sensitive reports go before Council for approval on Tuesday evening. Any delay means Kingston misses deadlines to bid. The last-minute nature of this is almost entirely due to the ISAF, who recently decided to hold the event in 2014, not 2015 as originally expected.
The 2011 ISAF Worlds are in Perth, Australia in December 2011.
"Perth 2011 is expected to be three times bigger than the America's Cup Defence."
THE PROPOSAL for an 8-km multi-purpose trail on the West Side of the Greater Cataraqui River is on the City Council Agenda for Tuesday September 7th.
Unfortunately the agenda is so packed that they likely won't get to it. For years Harvey Rosen has been a miserable failure at chairing Council meetings such that now Council's backlog is beyond laughable.
For more information there's a detailed article, with video, in the Saturday Whig. Also the video and transcript from CKWS-TV News on July 14th is still available online.
"WATERFRONT ACCESS" FINALLY appears to mean more than a future proximate footpath in a City of Kingston planning document.
This may be the first time that accessibility for shore diving is mentioned in a City of Kingston planning document.
The latest Comprehensive Planning Report to Planning Committee about the proposed Queen's Performing Arts Building at the Tett Centre says the following:
...the residents of the City of Kingston have enjoyed access to the water from this location for many decades for both passive enjoyment and active recreation, such as scuba diving. The wreck of the HMS St. Lawrence, largest War of 1812 battleship to sail the great lakes is located in 2 metres of water in front of this property and has a close post war association with the subject property.
The easement for public access along the waterfront will be included as part of the Site Plan Control process.
It's one thing to compel others, like Queen's University in this case, to build-in waterfront access. It would be nice if The City of Kingston did likewise for its own waterfront properties.
GREAT FORTNIGHT for Kingston's Berg Ellmers, 12-years old, who along with Ali Tenhove finished 12th overall in the 96-boat 420-class at CORK (for youth 19-and-under) and finished 10th overall at the 76-boat Optimist Canadian Championships (for youth aged 15-and-under) which just concluded in Hamilton.
CORK International gets underway this week, Monday through Thursday inclusive.
This is the youth portion of CORK, the first of three major CORK events this month. The forecast for the first two days is windy.
Here's how the race areas are split along the waterfront. Click the image below for a larger annotated version.
OPEN HOUSE at MetalCraft Marine on Friday August 20th 2010 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The theme is working waterfront.
If you haven't seen what goes on this part of the Inner Harbour, you really should.
RFP FOR RICHARDSON BEACH RENOVATIONS (7.3Mb.zip file).
If you find anything in there related to improving swimming at Richardson Beach, do tell.
BRACE YOURSELF: Waterfront accessibility appears to take significant importance in the Application for Zoning Bylaw Amendment for the Tett Centre which is on the Cily's Planning Committee agenda for tonight, August 5th.
Unfortunately there is no mention of accessibility for SCUBA diving, given that the Tett Centre property has been used for years to access one of Kingston's best shore dives.
DETAILS of the 2nd stage of the Third Crossing environmental assessment which will commence shortly.
The latest WATER LEVEL REPORT from the US Army Corps of Engineers is up..
Levels are much better; we're at the the long-term average, still about 5" below last year at this time.
KINGSTON IN A NUTSHELL: you mismanage maintenance at Confed, then you fail to respond to a visitor, then the visitor runs aground, then the local rag puts him on the front page, complete with photo.
WE HAVE A WINNER!
"Poker boats bring three to five million bucks to the city in three days."
-- Bob Ackley, muscle boat owner.
There's your stereotype, right there.
CHALLENGES of shipwreck preservation.
WATERFRONT TRAIL PROPOSAL from downtown to Kingston Mills on the western shore of the Cataraqui River according to CKWS-TV News last week.
Never going to happen, at least not to the extent they imply in the news item. The Great Cataraqui Marsh is inviolable.
See for yourself the relationship between the water, the Marsh, and the CN tracks.
THE POKER RUN is on the FOCUS Kingston Steering Committee Agenda for their July 15th meeting.
It's amazing that a KEDCO report that KEDCO itself says is inaccurate and statistically insignificant is nonetheless touted, again, by City Staff apparently desperate to supinate for the BIA, greenwash the event, and give all this a positive cultural and historical spin.
Still no word on requiring Poker Runs America to purchase obnoxious-offset-credits.
KINGSTONIST on Token Park.
METALCRAFT MARINE just splashed a 69-foot red fireboat equipped with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defenses. It's destined for Jacksonville but you'll be seeing its sea trials here in Kingston Harbour over the next few months.
The rather windy OPTIMIST NORTH AMERICANS, which wrapped last Sunday, was swept by Americans including two brothers, Christopher and Duncan Williford, who finnished top-two in the very strong 196-boat fleet. How strong? The top Canadian was 35th.
PHOTOS from the World Robotic Sailing Championships, which went under-the-radar in Kingston this Spring.
SATURDAY FOR KIDS each Saturday morning at the Marine Museum throughout the summer.
SEVERAL SPOTS still available at the Kingston Yacht Club Sailing School, even the July sessions, for both kid's and adult programs. This includes some openings on their well-known racing team.
WINDFARM TURBINES on Wolfe Island are "shockingly" deadly for birds, bats from Wednesday's Globe and Mail.
SCOOP: The Brown's Bay Inn was recently sold and apparently it's going to become a yoga resort.
NEARLY A THOUSAND LIGHTHOUSES declared surplus by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
The surplus lighthouses are those that Canadian Coast Guard officials determined "could be replaced with simpler structures whose operation and maintenance would be more cost-effective..."
RON BROWN on Kingston: catastrophe on the Cataraqui.
In his view, Kingston is a prime example of how not to treat a shoreline.
PHOTOGRAPHER IAN CORISTINE, who has made a career photographing the Thousand Islands region from the air, was featured in the Brockville Times Recorder last week.
KINGSTON ROWERS perform well at last weekend's World Cup event in Bled, Slovenia.
Bled, Slovenia, is the site of next year's World Rowing Championships.
SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK because there's no beach report avaiable from our lard-ass Health Unit.
It's only 31 degrees outside today. This has been forecast for quite some time.
There's been no signal that the KFLA Health Unit will be making-up the miles they are behind Toronto in beach report timeliness and data quality.
It's about an Official Plan Amendment, a Zoning Bylaw Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision for Baxter Farm Subdivision on Hwy 15.
The western edge of this proposed subdivision would approach the Cataraqui River.
What's hilarious is the degree to which our country-bumpkin' politicians, staff, and some other morons are so conveniently, or so easily, UNESCOed.
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KINGSTON'S 2010 REGATTA PICTURE looks good again this year.
No world championships this year, but seven North American Championships.
Here's how 2010 shapes-up compared to previous years.
More details in our list of major regattas in Kingston.
REVISED DOWNWARD for May and June. Ouch!
REMINDER that April 30th is the deadline to fill-out the City of Kingston's truly asinine Poker Run Feedback form.
$1.5 BILLION is allegedly the cost of the proposed offshore wind project, in today's Whig. It's to be centred on Pigeon Island.
The article is actually funny, especially the the parts about KEDCO. Read the whole thing.
One possible interpretation of the article: arrogant city-slickers chatting-up a hick-town newspaper reporter.
STILL BLEAK is the spring water level forecast.
GONE WITH THE WIND by Waterkeeper Mark Mattson in The Mark.
The short takeaway: lobbying by industry has become much too powerful in the decision-making "process" in Ontario.
MOORING SEASON is off to a great start according to the Preserve Our Wrecks blog.
DIRECT LINK to the City of Kingston's multiple-choice Poker Run Feedback survey.
It's a shame that the environmental aspect of the Poker Run seems to have singularly hijacked the conversation. "The environment" has always been a side-issue, and everybody knows it.
The survey offers no selection akin to
"the Poker Run is OBNOXIOUS" which would be close to the median viewpoint on the matter.
UNCHARTED TERRITORY: the province is supposedly working on standards for offshore wind projects, in today's Whig.
300 MW WIND PROJECT APPROVED offshore of Wolfe Island in today's Globe and Mail.
Apparently this has been approved but nobody seems to know where, or any other details for that matter. For comparison, the existing wind turbines are rated at 197.8 MW.
POKER RUN PUBLIC MEETING to...
...gauge community views regarding the cultural and social impacts of the Poker Run at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, in Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
A funny coincidence: April 22nd is Earth Day.
Given past Downtown Kingston shenanigans, it will be interesting to see who chairs the meeting.
Certainly the meeting location, and meeting start-time, are ideal for our self-serving report-publishing Downtown Kingston friends.
GOOD ATTENDANCE -- some 6,000 visitors -- at the first 1000 Islands Boat Show, from Boating Business.
AN ILLUSTRATION of something that's so-wrong with our waterfront. The shoreline is a continuous physical barrier, with no breaks with access in mind.
CATHCART REDOUBT on Cedar Island is looking very, very good after its repointing and renovation.
ESTIMATED ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT of the 2009 Thousand Islands Poker Run is on Council's next agenda.
The KEDCO report is based on a survey (conducted by the Downtown BIA) and phone interviews (with spokespersons for Poker Runs America and Power Boating Canada).
All strong proponents of the Poker Run.
Despite the claim of attracting 14,500 spectators, KEDCO and the BIA could gather only 91 survey responses. These are noted as follows:
It should be noted that conclusions based on 91 results is "statistically insignificant" and does not adequately reflect the overall economic impact of the event. In this case, the economic impact report is inaccurate and would not be considered as part of a post-analysis report.
So the survey results are not reliable and are of no value. However, this doesn't prevent KEDCO from extrapolating conclusions and tabling them with six- and seven-digit precision.
Does the report contain some reliable information?
Apparently not. The report doesn't tell us how many boats were in in the 2009 Poker Run.
The number of boats according to The Whig last August, was "more than 60" which is far less than the hundred or hundreds usually touted by organizers.
Wouldn't you expect KEDCO to provide, at a minimum, data that could be used, for future comparisons?. By omitting the number of boats from this economic impact report -- one of the only available objective measures of event quality and scale -- KEDCO effectively delivers a report with little future-reference value.
The report claims that the 2009 event had 304 participants, or 360 participants depending on whether you read paragraph 3, or paragraph 4, on page 7 ( page 11 of the council PDF). How "more than 60-boats" turns into KEDCO's "304 participants" or "360 participants", including spouses and children, we do not know..
In view of the non-disclosure of the number of boats, the lumping of driver's spouses and children to inflate the number of "event participants", this all appears very suspicious.
Furthermore there's no mention of any negative survey responses. Several survey questions have "good" at the low-end of multiple-choice responses but a possible response of "poor" was only related to the questions related to "music quality" and "the variety of events".
In many respects this KEDCO report, as tabled, tells us a lot about KEDCO and the BIA in the Rosen-era.
In effect, the report says "we have no reliable data" and "we don't tell you even the easiest objective metrics" but, nonetheless, "the poker-run generates MILLIONS".
Related to that, the report's cover-page is notable because of its Disclaimer and the Release of Liability Statement, which we haven't seen before from KEDCO.
Do you think this might be, partly, because of fallout from KEDCO's Economic Benefits of the LVEC report from 2005?
HIGH LEVELS OF MERCURY found in sediment of the Cataraqui River, according to a Queen's University study.
Most of the western shore of the Cataraqui River south of Belle Park and above the LaSalle Causeway Bridge had levels of contamination, with the worst area around the Cataraqui Canoe Club, just south of the former Davis Tannery.
We're talking levels more than twice the federal government's most severe effect limits.
Here's a link to the report's abstract and the report itself can be purchased for US $31.50.
Oddly our once-venerable Whig gave this a completely different spin on March 18th. Their headline was: No longer a threat
CKWS-TV News gave us an apparently more balanced protrayal of the Queen's University report.
SEVEN WEEKS AFTER THE FACT the Whig finally reports on Kingston's 118 million litre sewage dump into local waterways.
METALCRAFT MARINE is featured in today's Report on Business.
SLOW, FRUSTRATING PROGRESS on deferred maintenance at Richardson Beach, in today's Whig.
THE FORECAST for spring water levels remains bleak.
PAUL RUSHTON, perennial CORK volunteer and good friend of the waterfront, has passed away.
The memorial reception will be held on Saturday, March 6 from 5-7 pm at James Reid on Counter Blvd.
CONCEPT PLAN for Richardson Beach and Bath House in Tuesday's Council agenda. It's a 4-page PDF.
TWO TIER ENVIRONMENTALISM, the latest Lake Ontario Waterkeeper podcast, is excellent, excellent, excellent.
NINE OPTIONS for the third crossing in the EA update to Council next Tuesday night.
But that's probably theatre.
Tentatively, a report recommending the preferred option for the third crossing will be presented to Council on April 20th along with a staff briefing.
Can anyone imagine any recommendation other than the original route between Counter (Elliott) and Gore Road?
COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING REPORT for the River Park Subdivision on the Cataraqui River at Counter Blvd is before Council at the February 2nd meeting.
Looking at the document, is there a waterfront park planned for the River Park Subdivision? Not seeing it.
THE POKER RUN is Bill Hutchins' subject in last week's issue of Kingston EMC. (Does anyone cover the Council beat better than Bill Hutchins?)
A "SAFETY AT SEA" SEMINAR is open to all sail or power boaters on April 10, 2010 at the OISE Auditorium in Toronto.
This information-rich, one day seminar, provides the training necessary to handle emergencies away from land and is an asset for offshore or short handed crews.
Presented and endorsed by, among others, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, US Sailing, and the Lake Ontario 300.
BUD GORMELY, past chairman of CORK, is to be inducted into the Kingston District Sports Hall of Fame later this Spring.
Quoting from the story in last week's Kingston EMC:
Marsha Gormley was happy to hear that her husband Russell "Bud" Gormley had been inducted into the Hall of Fame. She just wished that he could have been there to enjoy the honour.
Indeed. This honour is probably 20-years overdue.
Bud Gormley is remembered as a pioneer of the Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston (CORK). During the 1976 Olympic Games, Gormley was known as the unofficial mayor of the Olympic Village at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. He was a key organizer of many other international sailing events in Kingston. Later in his life, Gormley carried out several humanitarian missions in the Dominican Republic.
Here's more on Bud Gormley.
Have a look at this sortable list of past HOF inductees. Rowing and sailing combined account for just six of 111 inductees. Baseball accounts for 28.
IT'S THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY ALREADY.
Here is the status of online marketing efforts by several prominent waterfront-related organizations for the summer of 2010.
That's pathetic, no?
For the most part, 2010 dates should be posted within two weeks of the end of the 2009 boating season.
It's long-past the point of anybody caring about your Summer 2009 calendar.
HERE'S A LINK to a 44-page pollution report you may be hearing about over the next few days in the mainstream media.
It's scary what gets dumped upstream and upwind of here.
THE KINGSTON ROWING CLUB let their internet domain lapse and dodgy squatters have taken it over. No link because, well, you get the picture.
K.E.A.F. SPEAKS OUT about the Poker Run on the Council agenda for next Tuesday.
That's another report that's not available online for the public.
NOTHING SAYS "KINGSTON" like the document titled City of Kingston Waterfront Strategy - Past Directions which is part of the upcoming January 7th Planning Committee meeting agenda.
Firstly, the document is borderline unreadable! When did it ever become OK to post unreadable documents for the public? This has been going-on for years.
Secondly, the online document is incomplete.
Exhibit 'A' -- 'Waterfront Strategy - Past Directions' which forms part of this report is being circulated under separate cover.
The public needn't concern itself with the specific contents of the "approximately 40 studies and reports (that) were undertaken during the past 30 years".
Thirdly, get this:
That the "Waterfront Strategy - Past Directions" document be accepted as background information for the Waterfront Strategy, which will assist in the development of policies and recommendations to conserve and manage the City's waterfront.
Progress on the waterfront file is here masquerading in the form of this totally obvious "report" from Cynthia Beach (Commissioner, Sustainability and Growth) that supposedly lists the details of 40 waterfront-related studies conducted over the past 30-years, suggesting that the Planning Committee should take time to accept the recommendation to consider recommendations arising from these studies when planning for the waterfront.
And so it goes.
Ever wonder how Kingston ended-up with a wasted waterfront? One reason is we have a Planning Committee that doesn't expect very much from City staff.
This endless visionless wheel-spinning helps ensure that money for the Downtown will indeed be amply available whenever needed. So, over time, we all end-up with, among other things, our fat-cat downtown and a shamefully wasted derelict waterfront.
Skeptical about that? Flashback to January 19th 2009. Read the whole thing.