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Tragically Hip Way proposed

A portion of Barrack Street could soon be Tragically Hip Way.

Councillor Brian Reitzel motioned to rename the street between King and Ontario Streets at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The initiative is an effort to honour Kingston band The Tragically Hip in a civic manner.

City staff will investigate the feasibility of renaming the street and report back to council on Jan. 17, 2012, at which point Council will make a decision.

During Council, the motion was amended by Councillor Bill Glover to give city staff the options of naming a different public location after the band or using an honourary name.

Adding an honourary name to Barrack Street wouldn’t change the name permanently but would simply place the name above the street sign in the same manner as a district.

Mayor Mark Gerretsen and Councillor Reitzel voted against this amendment.

“With an honourary name we’re not achieving the most attractive part of this … we need to make them a permanent part of the community,” Gerretsen said to Council on Tuesday.

— Catherine Owsik

Six arrested in local marijuana busts

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police spearheaded a nine-month investigation, alongside Ontario Provincial Police, Kingston Police and the Canada Border Services Agency, to shut down a $1.7-million marijuana grow operation last weekend.

Following searches on areas including Collingwood, Mack and Montreal Streets, six people were arrested. Five were from Kingston. Vehicles, weapons, 144 kilograms of dried marijuana and 1,200 marijuana plants were seized.

On Oct. 16, the Kingston Whig Standard reported that those arrested were involved in an organized crime group, heavily involved in the production and trafficking of marijuana.

— Meaghan Wray

Trudeau Fellowship awarded to politics professor

John McGarry, a Queen’s political studies professor who specializes in conflict resolution, is one of four scholars to receive a Trudeau Fellowship research award on Oct. 17.

The award is valued at $225,000. The three other recipients come from the University of British Columbia, Concordia University and York University.

McGarry worked as the United Nation’s Senior Advisor on Power-Sharing for 15 years before becoming a Queen’s professor. He’s currently involved in UN negotiations in Cyprus.

— Meaghan Wray

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