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Weighing the risks of Tasers

Life-saving device or dangerous weapon?

That’s the question surrounding Tasers, the “stun gun” introduced to Canada just over five years ago.

It was an investigation into forms of “non-lethal” force following a spate of civilian shootings by police in 1998 that launched one of the most controversial law enforcement issues in North America.

Late that year, Sgt. Darren Laur of the Victoria, B.C. police department was given the task of looking into alternative forms of police force. The Taser was one of the products he was testing.Continue...

ASUS exec election draws three teams

Presidential candidate Lindsay Duncan and VP candidate Kyle Abrey, both ArtSci ’07, are up against the team of presidential candidate Max Rubin and VP candidate Lisa Jorgensen, both ArtSci ’08, as well as presidential candidate Alvin Tedjo, ArtSci ’06, and his running mate, VP candidate Melissa Grosser, ArtSci ’07. Current ASUS President Bradley Hammond said he was ecstatic there was going to be a race for the executive.Continue...

Greens show improvement on local front

There was light chatter amongst the approximately 50 supporters who attended the party held at downtown restaurant Sol Latino for local Green party candidate Eric Walton. Walton said his goal was to achieve 10 per cent of the local vote. After the final votes were counted, Walton came in with 8.04 per cent of the local vote, better than the 6.13 per cent they received in 2004. The Green party obtained 4.5 per cent of the national popular vote and did not win any seats.Continue...

Increased presence in House for NDP

The New Democratic Party finished the election with a gain of 10 seats for a total of 29 representatives in the House of Commons. Approximately 100 people gathered with Hutchison, the NDP candidate for Kingston and the Islands, to watch the CBC election coverage. Most attendees donned checkered flannel shirts and baseball caps and enjoyed a pint as the numbers rolled in. Peter Mansbridge’s voice mingled with shouts spurred by the Leafs-Senators hockey game as Hutchison circulated through the crowd gathered in the homey inn’s bar, shaking hands and navigating around a pool table.Continue...

Liberals 103, NDP 29, Bloc 51, Ind 1

Conservative candidate Lou Grimshaw gracefully proclaimed defeat at 11:30 p.m. last night, telling the 30-odd supporters who had gathered at Boston Pizza on Gardiners Road that he “[didn’t] know what else we could have done.”
Upon his return to the blue-and-white-decorated room at Boston Pizza, Grimshaw said he thinks new Prime Minister Stephen Harper will first address the issue of governmental accountability.Continue...

Four candidates vie for rector position

Among the spate of elections approaching, four eager candidates have stepped up with ambitions of filling the role left by departing Rector Grant Bishop. The campaign kicks off today as Johsa Manzanilla, ArtSci ’07, Arun Parkash, ArtSci ’06, Ken Saddington, Sci ’07, and Tom Woodhall, Sci ’05 and ArtSci ’06, talked about their views on student issues and what they bring to the role of rector.Continue...

Meet your new AMS executive candidates

Team HML has some bones to pick.

They say they’re frustrated with the bum rap students have been getting around Kingston. They’re also concerned by the lack of support they believe the University—and even the current AMS—have afforded students in the face of criticism.Continue...

Campus campaigns ready to roll

The federal election results may be in, but on-campus election fever has just begun.

Today marks the start of the annual AMS election campaign period, two busy weeks during which AMS executive hopefuls will vie for the favour of the student body.

Four teams have already kicked off their campaigns, each with its own slogan and sales pitch.

But that’s not all.Continue...

As one election ends, another begins

The East Ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel erupted in applause last night when it was confirmed Peter Milliken had been re-elected as the MP for Kingston and the Islands.

Milliken, who won with 45.86 per cent of the vote, seemed content about his local victory. Liberal enthusiasm was dimmed, however, when the Tories—as predicted by political pundits—won the plurality of votes Canada-wide. With 124 of 308 seats, the Conservative party will form the next government as a minority.Continue...

Break-in at Chernoff Hall

The recent spike in theft in the Queen’s area continues as a young man was discovered breaking into Chernoff Hall Sunday evening.
When Campus Security arrived at the scene, they discovered five other offices had also been broken into that night. It is still unknown how the perpetrator entered the building.Continue...

MCRC aims to spruce up common rooms

Students feeling overcrowded in residences can look forward this term to some relief or at least some entertainment.

MCRC was successful in its bid to obtain an estimated $55,000 to $60,000 in funding from residence administration for improvements to residence common rooms, including entertainment equipment and facilities.Continue...

Special polls pulled from U of T

A fracas over on-campus polling stations has the electoral riding of Trinity-Spadina and the University of Toronto campus abuzz with allegations of interference and bias.

On Saturday night, U of T’s student government, the Student Administrative Council (SAC), got a call from the returning officer for the downtown riding of Trinity-Spadina saying that the special on-campus polling locations that were to open the following day had been cancelled.Continue...

Coke fizzles at three universities

On Jan. 1, the University of Michigan (U-M) stopped selling Coke products on its campus after refusing to renew the university’s contract with the global beverage company.

U-M had requested that Coca-Cola undergo an independent third-party investigation into the issues surrounding fair labour practices and safe working environments in Colombia and sustainable environmental practices in India.Continue...

Campus politicos duke out the issues

Mark Sholdice, ArtSci ’07, found the Liberal party in an unexpected position Tuesday afternoon.
“I have to say this is the first time I have been on the far right, in my whole life,” he joked, referring to his party’s seat at the far-right side of the table during a student debate involving campus political clubs. The debate, which was hosted by the Government Issues Committee of the AMS and included all the political clubs on campus, took place at the Common Ground.Continue...

Students jam-pack ceilidh to talk tuition

Students showed they have more than just classes on their minds by turning out in spades at Monday’s AMS town hall forum with Principal Karen Hitchcock.

Spectators were forced to watch from the balcony as hundreds squeezed into the lower ceilidh of the JDUC to express their concerns about tuition, accessibility and deregulation.

Hitchcock said she wanted the event to focus solely on student finances, an area overlooked at town hall meetings held last semester.Continue...

Cookman: Tasers not for crowd control

According to Kingston Police Force Insp. Brian Cookman, the 30 Tasers ordered by the police for use during next year’s Homecoming will not be used for crowd control.

Cookman made the statement at the Jan. 5 meeting of the Committee for the Safe and Legal Use of Public and Private Space, formerly called the Committee to Restore Order. “[The Taser] is not a riot-control or a crowd-control tool,” Cookman told the Journal .Continue...

Campaigning against the grain

Like many young people across the country, Joshua Kertzer, ArtSci ’06, is unhappy with politics in Canada. Unlike most, however, the 21-year-old political studies student has taken his dissatisfaction in an unexpected direction.
Kertzer, a Calgary native in his final year at Queen’s, has teamed up with fellow Calgarian and University of Toronto law student Erin Runnals in a second attempt to prevent the re-election of Conservative MP Rob Anders in the riding of Calgary West.Continue...

Greens aim to prune the political rhetoric

When Geoff Olynyk, Sci ’07, heard his home phone ring during dinner on Jan. 11, he was not expecting the voice at the end of the line. It was CTV News President Robert Hurst, hoping to speak with Olynyk about letters he had written regarding the exclusion of the Green party from the nationally televised federal election debates.Continue...

Sustainability new focus for AMS services

3,000 sheets of paper. 1,200 coffee cups. 300 plastic shot glasses.

These are some of the products consumed by AMS services over the course of an average day.

The number of products used, as estimated by service staff members and managers, are part of the reason why Jennifer Holub, AMS social issues commissioner, and John Manning, chair of the SIC Earth Centre Committee, say they have put forth a motion to create the position of AMS environmental sustainability coordinator.Continue...

Grieving mother speaks out on Tasers

In light of the Kingston Police Force’s plan to employ Tasers as a “use of force option” if another Aberdeen Street party occurs, the Journal presents part one of a two-part series investigating the impact of Tasers. Earlier this month, Anna Mehler Paperny sat down with Dianna Andreichikov, whose son died of cardiac arrest after being Tasered by police. This is the first time Andreichikov has agreed to be interviewed about her son’s death.Continue...

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