News in brief

Animals arrive Monday

Students who miss their beloved pets at home or simply need a few minutes to relax will soon have the opportunity to do so.

ASUS Lost Paws and the AMS Academic Affairs Commission are teaming up to bring various animals on campus starting Monday.

The animals come from St. John’s Ambulance and will be in various rooms of the JDUC and on the corner of University Ave. and Union St. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from Nov. 26 to Dec. 5.

Visiting hours are from Noon to 4 p.m. Students can have 10 to 20 minutes with a pet in a room or take the pet out for a walk along with one of the Lost Paws volunteers.

The goal of the event, besides helping students relieve stress, is to raise awareness for the Humane Society and the academic resources available on campus to help students during exam time.

Fundraising efforts for the Humane Society will occur at the same time, including monetary donations, a raffle and item donations such as towels and leashes. Organizers are also looking to repeat the event next semester.

— Styna Tao

Alberta Premier visits

Alberta Premier Alison Redford will be coming to Queen’s next Monday to discuss Civic Engagement at the Principal’s Campus Forum. This is the first event of its kind at the University. Following the discussion there will be a short Q&A session.

The forum will take place in Wallace Hall on the JDUC from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Redford, a Conservative, is the eighth woman in history to serve as a premier in Canada.

— Florence Hogg

Local “Scrooge” arrested

A Kingston man was arrested last weekend after yelling at children that Santa Claus doesn’t exist.

Kingston Police received a complaint about the 24-year-old man at the Kingston Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 17 after he had been allegedly walking along the parade route telling kids Santa doesn’t exist.

Police say he had his hair “formed to look like horns that were protruding from his head.”

The man is being charged with Causing a Disturbance by Being Drunk and Breach of Probation and is facing a Liquor Licence Act offence of Public Intoxication.

The incident has been covered by most major Canadian media outlets, as well as other sources like Gawker and the International Business Times.

— Holly Tousignant

Assaults linked

Kingston Police believe two recent sexual assaults near campus are connected and are currently searching for a suspect in the attack.

The assaults both occurred on Saturday morning between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Sometime after 2:30 a.m., a woman was groped by a male as she entered a parking lot around the area of Johnson and Alfred Streets. The man then fled the scene after the woman screamed. She reported hearing him laugh before he fled.

A second woman was groped at 2:40 a.m. by a man near Brock and Albert Streets. Following a short struggle, the victim and perpetrator fell as the suspect continued assaulting her. The suspect fled after the woman shouted.

The suspect in both assaults was described similarly. Police are asking citizens to look out for a white male, aged 18-25 years old, approximately 6’0” tall and 190 lbs with fair features, short hair and a clean-shaven face. He was reported to be wearing a baseball cap, hoodie, dark jacket with a possible camouflage pattern, jeans and “skater-type” shoes, but the Kingston Police said the description is “not absolute” and that the man also smelled of beer.

Two males are thought to have seen the second assault transpire and are asked to come forward.

The assaults follow reports that sexual assaults are on the rise in Kingston, up from 66 in all of 2011 to 66 from January until September of this year.

Anyone with information is please asked to contact Detective Nadine Legare at 613-549-4660 ext. 6274 or via email at nlegare@kpf.ca.

Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the website at tipsubmit.com. Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

— Holly Tousignant

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