News in Brief: Winter week 9

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Nuisance party bylaw will not be in effect for St. Patrick’s Day

This story was updated on Mar. 14 

Kingston City Council passed a bylaw last month that will put partygoers at risk of facing hefty fines. The bylaw, however, won’t be enforceable until City Council completes a third and final reading. 

The Nuisance Party Bylaw is aimed at controlling large social gatherings within the municipality by establishing a minimum fine of $500 for individuals who throw or attend a party which fits the description of a “nuisance party.” 

A nuisance party can only be declared by officers who are on duty but not present at the scene. The off-site officers will coordinate with officers on the scene to decide how the bylaw will be applied. If a party is declared a ‘nuisance,’ officers will ask hosts to end the gathering and individuals to disperse. If students don’t obey officers, a fine will be administered. 

According to the bylaw, “[a]ny person who creates, causes, hosts, sponsors, conducts, continues, or attends a nuisance party could be charged under a nuisance party bylaw.”

In a Feb. 20 City Council meeting, the Nuisance Party Bylaw was submitted for approval. All councillors present unanimously approved the report as proposed. 

According to an email from Kingston Policy and Program Coordinator Greg McLean, the bylaw won’t be presented for a third reading until the Mar. 20 Council Meeting. “The Nuisance Party Bylaw will therefore not be in effect and cannot be enforced on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17,” he wrote. 

 

Over 60 electric vehicle charging stations planned for main campus

On Mar. 8, Queen’s announced its plan to install 60 electric vehicle charging stations on Main Campus available to students, staff and faculty. According to a statement, the charging stations were made possible by “generous donations and partnerships.”

The new installations will add to the two existing electric car charging stations located outside of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

Once fully implemented, Queen’s will have 64 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus. “The current project will provide 62 EV charging stations and was developed and funded via the Tesla Destination Charging Program,” the statement read.

On top of this, the statement said, “currently, using the new charging stations will not cost permit holders an additional fee.”

“With this infrastructure in place, Queen’s can accommodate electric vehicles on campus by providing drivers with the chance to charge their vehicles at work or when visiting,” says Donna Stover, parking manager with Physical Plant Services.

The EV charging stations are expected to take four months to install.

 

2018-19 AMS corporate head managers hired

The AMS has hired their new head managers for the incoming school years; these individuals will be running various AMS services in operation.

Jasmine Meikle, ArtSci ’18 - Common Ground Head Manager

Haley Kenna, ArtSci ’18 - Print and Copy Centre Head Manager

Taylor Clarke, ArtSci ’18 - Student Constables Head Manager

Matthew Rowland, ConEd ’18 - WalkHome Head Manager

Evelyna Da Silva, ConEd ’19 - StudioQ Head Manager

Nakita Hayes, ArtSci ’19 - TAPS Head Manager

Jodie Sloan, ArtSci ’19 - Tricolour Head Manager

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