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Amnesty opposes Taser use on Aberdeen

Amnesty International Canada has stated it’s opposed to the possible use of Tasers as a strategy by Kingston Police to break up any future unsanctioned street parties, a spokesperson for the organization told the Journal .

City police announced a proposal last week to purchase 30 additional Tasers as a new option for applying “reasonable force” when confronting unlawful activity such as that which occurred during the unsanctioned Aberdeen Street party Sept. 24. They also said they want to purchase 180 helmets with face shields and are looking into the possibility of tear gas.Continue...

Preservation takes centre stage at Etherington

On the popular television show Antiques Roadshow, people show off one-of-a-kind antiques discovered in their basements and attics.

On Sunday, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre took a page from the show, playing host to its own treasure hunt.Continue...

Stu Mills signs off from CFRC

Stu Mills, operations officer at the station, will be leaving CFRC to expand and pursue a career in broadcast journalism. Mills started with CFRC in 1996 as a volunteer before moving into the permanent position of operations officer in 2003.

Sayyida Jaffer, business manager at CFRC, said Mills has left a lasting impression on the members of the radio station.Continue...

Coke contract goes flat at Mac

Last week, students at McMaster University decided they don’t want it to be “always Coca-Cola” on their campus.

Students voted last Wednesday and Thursday for the McMaster Student Union (MSU) to urge the university not to renew its 10-year exclusivity contract with the Coca-Cola Company when it expires in two years.Continue...

Campus expansion in the works

Buildings like the former Prison for Women may become part of an expanding Queen’s campus, as plans are put in place to renovate campus buildings and relocate several student services and administrative offices. Properties in which the University has expressed interest are the city-owned J.K. Tett Complex at 370 King Street West, St. Helen’s Building located at 440 King St. West and Stone Gables at 462 King St. West. The latter two buildings are owned by Corrections Canada. The Prison for Women, another property of interest to the University, is in the hands of the Canada Lands Company.Continue...

City takes tough line on house signs

By this time next week, 262 Earl St. may no longer be “The Lodge” to passers-by.

Resident Jon Taylor, Sci ’06, received a letter through his landlord early last week from the City of Kingston, informing him that the outdoor sign he and his housemates put up to nickname their house is a violation of property standards bylaws.Continue...

Police request $84,000 from University

Kingston Police have made up their minds about Homecoming and they’ve settled on a price tag for the weekend.

Last Wednesday, the police force delivered two letters to Principal Karen Hitchcock and Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane spelling out the response police would like from the University concerning the unsanctioned Aberdeen Street party.

The first letter asks the University to pay an $84,036.44 bill to cover the cost of 100 officers who staffed the Ghetto during Homecoming weekend.Continue...

Security Briefs

An unknown male punched a male student in the face on Frontenac Street on Oct. 13 at 4:45 p.m. A witness to the event said after the assault, the assailant continued walking north towards Princess Street. After receiving first aid treatment, the assaulted individual filed a report with Kingston Police, stating that he’d been walking with his head down when the unknown male punched him for no apparent reason.Continue...

Club reaches for dreams of education

“Driven” is one word to describe DREAM, a newly formed club at Queen’s that aims to fundraise $50,000 by the end of this year to cover the cost of five education-focused charitable projects for developing countries. DREAM, which stands for Discover the Reality of Educating All Minds, will be hosting a series of events throughout this year—including raffles for cruise trips for two—to support Room to Read, a non-profit organization created in 2000 that helps children in developing countries receive an education.Continue...

Health Sciences dean to investigate legionnaire’s for Ministry of Health

The late September outbreak of legionnaire’s disease in Toronto has prompted a Queen’s University faculty member to investigate what caused the deaths of 17 elderly people.

Dr. David Walker, dean of health sciences, was appointed Monday by George Smitherman, provincial minister of health and long-term care, to lead an independent review into the outbreak.Continue...

Hitchcock ‘engages’ first town hall meeting

According to Drew Brenders, MSc ’05, Principal Karen Hitchcock’s first “Engaging the World” town hall meeting left much to be accomplished. On Sept. 29, Hitchcock released a discussion paper outlining her desire to see the University take its place among top-ranked schools internationally. “My dream for Queen’s is that it be one of those universities that matter on an international stage,” Hitchcock told the forum, referring to her vision as an “I have a dream” paper.Continue...

Silent vigil speaks out against poverty

A poverty awareness vigil at City Hall on Monday evening may have been silent, but the crowd of about 300 people who gathered was there to make their message loud and clear.

Demonstrators from the Sisters of Providence Justice and Peace Office joined the Make Poverty History campaign for a 45-minute vigil to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the silent vigils, which the Sisters of Providence began holding weekly in 1995.Continue...

Sex-ed website tops UN survey

Queen’s researchers want people to talk about sex.

They’re encouraging the public to do this at sexualityandu.ca, a health website recently ranked as one of the top five health e-projects in the world. It received the United Nations 2005 World Summit Award over submissions from 168 other countries.Continue...

Addiction survivor plans campus outreach

Kyle Brohman, ArtSci ’06, has spent the past six years locked in the endless cycle of craving and gratification that is the reality of an alcoholic. He is currently working with AMS Social Issues Commissioner Jennifer Holub and other members of the University community to establish a network to help others facing the same challenges.

Brohman said he started drinking when he came to Queen’s six years ago, which has extended the time it’s taken him to earn his degree.Continue...

Deconstructing the student identity

Francis Darwin, ArtSci ’06, is determined to make an organized student voice heard on the topic of Homecoming. Darwin is organizing the first student-run symposium following Homecoming, which she has tentatively named “Student Symposium on Queen’s Identity 2005.” The symposium will discuss more than just the events of Sept. 24, she said. Darwin said she was motivated to organize a symposium after attending a sociology class about student power.Continue...

Wanted: one Aberdeen-area student

The “Committee to Restore Order” is looking for a student living on or near Aberdeen Street to join their new team.

Kingston city council has approved the framework for an 11-member committee to seek ways to prevent future illegal activity such as that which occurred during Homecoming.

At council’s Tuesday night meeting, it was announced that 10 of the committee members have already been named.Continue...

Mercier speaks to AMS Assembly

Philosophy professor Adèle Mercier asked members of AMS Assembly to prove their integrity by resigning at last night’s meeting.

Attending as a guest speaker, Mercier spoke to the group about a motion passed at their Oct. 6 meeting regarding a letter she wrote that was printed in the Sept. 28 edition of the Toronto Star following Homecoming.Continue...

JComm rules on AAA case

An underage student who failed to retrieve his student card from bar staff when leaving Alfie’s was sanctioned by the AMS Judicial Committee (JComm) last week for breaking All Ages Access (AAA) policy. According to a release, JComm met on Oct. 13 to rule on Andrew Y.C. Kong’s case. Kong had been charged with an alleged violation under Section 9 “AMS Access Sticker Policy” of the AMS Policy Manual, which stipulates that underage students who fail to retrieve their student cards from bar staff when leaving AAA events will have their privileges immediately revoked.Continue...

Go Eng Girls get hands-on lesson

From styrofoam prosthetic arms to masking-tape water filters, high school girls got the opportunity to learn about engineering marvels firsthand last Saturday during Go Eng Girl, a new province-wide initiative organized by Ontario Women in Engineering and held in the ILC.

The first part of Saturday’s event was a presentation introducing engineering to the students and their parents. One speaker was Carol Luttmer, who graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Guelph in 1999.Continue...

Student to face drug trafficking charge

A student is facing a drug trafficking charge after Kingston Police executed a search at a house in the University Avenue area on Oct. 7.

The student will appear in court in mid-November to face the charge. Police also seized Canadian currency amounting to $3,000, he said.

Sharpe said the student is facing charges because of the amount of drugs seizedContinue...

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