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Click here to receive Town of Kingston email notifications. The first meeting of the Parliament of the Province of Canada on June 13,was held on the site of what is now Kingston General Hospital. The city was considered too small and lacking in amenities, however, and its location near the border made it vulnerable to American attack.
Consequently, the capital was moved to Montreal in and it alternated between Quebec City and Toronto from until Ottawathen a small lumber village known as Bytown, was selected as the permanent capital by Queen Victoria. Subsequently, Kingston's growth slowed considerably and its national importance declined. Inwith a population of 6, Kingston was incorporated as a city, with John Counter as the first mayor.
The market house was particularly noteworthy as "the finest and most substantial building in Canada" which contained many offices, government offices, space for church services, the post office, the City Hall completed in  and more. Five weekly newspapers were being published. Fort Henry and the marine barracks took up a great deal of space.
Kingston Penitentiary had about inmates. The prison opened inwith a structure intended to reform the inmates, not merely to hold or punish them. All freight was shipped by boat or barges and ten steamboats per day were running to and from the town. Five schools for ladies and two for boys were operating, and the town had four bank agency offices. There were ten churches or chapels and the recently opened Hotel Dieu hospital was operated by sisters with the Religious Hospitallers of St.
Joseph as a charity. They were buried in a common grave. The remains were re-interred at the city's St. Mary's Cemetery in Inthe Kingston Gas Light Company began operation. Gas lamps would be used until By that time, the town was connected to the outside world by telegraph cables.
The Grand Trunk Railway arrived in Kingston inproviding service to Toronto in the west, and to Montreal in the east. Its Kingston station was two miles north of downtown. Kingston became an important rail centre, for both passengers and cargo, due to difficulty travelling by ship through the rapids-and-shoal-filled river. Bythe population had increased to 15, and there were four banks. There were two ship building yards. He won his first election to Kingston City Council inand would later represent the city for nearly 50 years at the national level, both before and after Confederation in One of his residences in Kingston, Bellevue Houseis now a popular National Historic Site of Canada open to the public, and depicting the house as it would have been in the s when he lived there.
In the early hours of April 18,a dock fire, fanned by high winds, spread to a warehouse containing between 70 and kegs of gunpowder. The resulting explosion spread the fire throughout the city's downtown area, destroying a large number of buildings, including the old city hall. To prevent similar incidents from occurring in future, the city began building with limestone or brick. This rebuilding phase was referred to as "the Limestone Revolution" and earned the city the nickname "The Limestone City".
The Canadian Locomotive Company was at one time the largest locomotive works in the British Empire and the Davis Tannery was at one time the largest tannery in the British Empire. The tannery operated for a century and was closed in A telephone system began operation in Kingston in ; at that time the population was 14, Electricity was not available in Kingston until Kingston grew moderately through the 20th century through a series of annexations of lands in adjacent Kingston Township, including a annexation of some 5, acres 22 km 2  which encompassed areas west to the Little Cataraqui Creek including the village of Portsmouthwhere a number of large residential subdivisions were built in the late s and early '60s.
Kingston's economy gradually evolved from an industrial to an institutional base after World War II. Queen's University grew from about 2, students in the s to its present size of over 28, students, more than 90 per cent of whom are from outside the Kingston area. The Kingston campus of St. Lawrence College was established inand the college has 6, full-time students. The Royal Military College of Canada was founded inand has about 1, students.
Kingston is a regional health care centre, anchored by Kingston General Hospital and the medical school at Queen's. The city's economy is also dominated by post-secondary education, military institutions, and prison installations. Municipal governance had been a topic of discussion since the mids due to financial imbalance between the city and the surrounding townshipswhich now had large residential areas and a population approaching that of the city proper. The city's boundaries now encompass large rural areas north of Highway and east of the Cataraqui River.
Kingston, being strategically located at the head of the St. Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Cataraqui River near the border with the United States, has been a site of military importance since Fort Frontenac was built in The French and, later, the British established military garrisons.
The War of led to the bolstering of military troops, the servicing Kingston Town ships, and the building of new fortifications to defend the town and the Naval Dockyard. Forts were constructed on Point Henry and at Point Frederick. A picket wall, or stockadeincorporating five blockhouses was built to the west of the town, and batteries were constructed. Several defensive fortifications were constructed in the late s because of tensions with the United States. Military ships were built at the Naval Dockyard at Point Frederick from to The peninsula near the entrance of the later Royal Military College of Canada was the headquarters of the Royal Navy in between and Fort Frederick, built in —13, was also on this peninsula.
The other battery was in Quebec City  The batteries were also schools of gunnery. Following the withdrawal of British forces from Canada in —71, the federal government recognized the need for an officer training college in Canada. Induring the administration of the Hon. Alexander Mackenzie, enabling legislation was passed. Before a formal college was established inthere were proposals for military colleges in Canada.
Staffed by British Regulars, students underwent a military course in at the School of Military Instruction in Kingston. The school enabled officers of militia or candidates for commission or promotion in the militia to learn military duties, drill and discipline, to command a company at Battalion Drill, to Drill a Company at Company Drill, the internal economy of a Company and the duties of a Company's Officer.
The withdrawal of imperial troops required a Canadian location for the training of military officers. Because of Kingston's military tradition and the fact several military buildings already existed at the old naval dockyard, Point Frederick was chosen as the location for Canada's first military college, the Royal Military College of Canada RMC.
The facility, called simply The Military College untilopened on Point Frederick with 18 students in  under Lt. Edward O. Hewett, R. Init became the first military college in the Commonwealth with the right to confer University degrees. During the First World Warthe 21st Battalion was formed and saw action in France in resulting in 18 battle honours including their role in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Fort Henry became an internment camp for enemy aliens from August to November During fighting, troops that had formed in Kingston received recognition from the government for their achievements. Fort Henry was again an internment camp Camp 31 from September to December Kingston is known for its historic properties, as reflected in the city's motto of "where history and innovation thrive".
Including World Heritage SitesNational Historic Sites, Provincially Significant sites, municipally designated heritage properties, and listed or non-designated heritage properties, the city has properties Kingston Town in the heritage register it maintains pursuant to the Ontario Heritage Act.
Inthe Rideau Canal, along with the fortifications at Kingston, was designated a World Heritage Site,  one of only 15 such sites in Canada. According to the Census the population of the city proper was while the population of the census metropolitan area CMA wasThe largest visible minority groups in Kingston are Chinese 2.
In As a result, the median age is Kingston has a reputation as a suitable place for retirees to settle. In the five years between andthe population of Kingston grew by 0. In78, Kingston residents, or about two-thirds of the population, were members of Christian groups; the largest were Roman Catholics, who numbered 33, The Presbyterian Church was particularly influential in the 19th century development of Kingston post-secondary education.
The church was a founder and financial supporter of Queen's University until when it was agreed the university should become a secular institution. Macdonald was also a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kingston. The religious history of the city can still be seen in the monumental Kingston Town churches throughout the downtown core, some of which now serve as community  and co-working spaces.
Groups other than Christians and the non-religious include Muslims 1, or 1. For its municipal government, the city is divided into 12 wards; each elects one councillor. All voters in the city cast ballots for the mayor, currently Bryan Patersonan Kingston Town professor at the Royal Military College of Canada.
Paterson was re-elected in the Ontario municipal elections for the — term. On November 20, Kingston City Council received Report which presented the results of the ranked choice ballots referendum question and outlined potential next steps.
The Municipal Elections Act requires that at least 50 percent of the total number of eligible electors in the municipality must vote on the referendum question in order for the results to be "binding". Based on the official election results the number of eligible electors was 83, The total number of electors that voted on the referendum question was 32, or Of the electors that voted on the referendum question, Although the result of the referendum question is not "binding", Council has directed staff to initiate the process to implement ranked choice voting for the municipal election.
A by-law to establish ranked choice elections has not been passed to elect City of Kingston Mayor and District Councillors.
The required ranked choice Voting Bylaw would have to be passed by May 1, In provincial elections, the city consists of one riding, Kingston and the Islands formed after the redistribution, incorporating half of the former Frontenac-Addington and most of the former Kingston and the Islands riding. Kingston is part of two federal ridings.
A small portion north of Highway is in Lanark—Frontenac—Kingstonwhich was created by the federal electoral boundaries redistribution and was legally defined in the representation order.
It came into effect upon the call of the 42nd Canadian federal election on October 19, Kingston's economy relies heavily on public sector institutions and establishments. The most important sectors are related to health carehigher education Queen's University, the Royal Military College of Canada, and St. Lawrence Collegegovernment including the military and correctional servicestourism and culture. Manufacturingand research and development play a smaller role than in the past.
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