Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig Standard:
While Tuesday night’s inaugural city council meeting will be mostly pomp and ceremony, a report released last week illustrated one of the most pressing issues with which the new council will be presented. If there was a common theme running through most of the candidates’ campaigns in the run-up to the Oct. 22 municipal election, it was the availability and affordability of housing.
The city’s rental vacancy rate of 0.7 per cent, the lowest in Ontario, was cited at almost every opportunity by those running for council as something city council needs to do something about. And according to last week’s study from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the situation in Kingston has gotten worse in the past 12 months.