News in Brief

News in Brief

Construction on residences commences

Construction process on two new residences was said to begin this month, but has been pushed to early December.

The pressure of high enrolment rates will be alleviated with the new residences that will accommodate approximately 550 students each.

The University has issued a letter of intent with Graham Construction and Engineering Inc. who will be building the residences.

With the company recently completing a graduate student residence at the University of Saskatchewan, they have diverse experience in similar large-scale construction contracts.

Graham Construction and Engineering Inc. is a solutions partner that is employee-owned and has revenues exceeding $2.2 billion annually.

Although the beginning of December calls for final exams, the construction is expected to cause some noise pollution during the day.

To avoid disturbance, contractors will be notified of exam periods so they can structure their schedule accordingly.

The University said they will communicate regularly with students and nearby residences to update them on the project.

With graduate students overflowing into Confederation Hotel, the residences will create more living options for all students.

— Abby Andrew

Honourary degrees awarded

Four leaders in business and law received honorary degrees at this fall’s convocation ceremonies, including the first Canadian-born black judge.

Justice George E. Carter, Thomas Kierans, and Peter MacKinnon will be receiving their honorary Doctor of Laws degrees for their accomplishments.

Justice George E. Carter was appointed as an Ontario court judge in 1979, after practicing law for 31 years. He was later appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice, where he served for 16 years.

Thomas Kierans is currently the chair of council and vice president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He’s also chaired various other organizations, such as Petro-Canada and the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

Michael M. Koerner is the founder and current president of Canada Overseas Investments Limited.

-— Sebastian Leck

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