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Electorate votes down MMP

Less than an hour after polls closed last night, hope had run out for the proposed mixed member proportional electoral system.

By 2 a.m. today, 63.3 per cent of voters voted in favour of the current first-past-the-post system and 36.7 voted for mixed member proportional.Continue...

A sad night for Tories

Progressive Conservative candidate Dr. John Rapin, who was a distant second in last night’s election, would have won in Kingston and the Islands were it not for party leader John Tory’s sabotage on the campaign trail, said Gareth Neilson, Rapin’s campaign office manager.

“If John Tory wasn’t the leader of this party, we would have won this riding. As a matter of fact, if John Tory hadn’t opened his fucking mouth, we would have won this riding.”Continue...

Liberals win majority

The provincial Liberals won their second straight majority government, with incumbent John Gerretsen leading in Kingston and the Islands with 47.2 per cent.Continue...

Liberals, Conservatives have trust issues

After four years as Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty has the challenge of convincing Canadians that he has done well and can make Ontario better. His track record includes the hiring of 8,000 new nurses, and the 1.3 million-square-kilometre Toronto region greenbelt among others.Continue...

Rick Downes: six election commitments

Growing up in a working-class family, NDP candidate Rick Downes said he became aware early on of the inadequacy of minimum wage in Ontario. “Last December, [Premier Dalton] McGuinty gave himself a $20,000 pay raise,” Downes said. “Then two months later, he raised the minimum wage. Do you know how much it was? It was just 25 cents.” At today’s minimum wage of $8, one can earn $16,000 in a year, which puts them $6,000 below the poverty line.Continue...

John Rapin: Ontario’s health care ‘under siege’

More than 20,000 residents in Kingston don’t have a family doctor. For Progressive Conservative candidate Dr. John Rapin, this news is motivation to run for a seat in provincial legislature, representing Kingston and the Islands.Continue...

John Gerretsen: giving back

Incumbent Liberal John Gerretsen is in politics because of life lessons learned from his parents. A lawyer by profession, Gerretsen said he has been involved in politics off and on for the last 35 years. A Kingston councillor in the 1970s, he served as mayor from 1980-88 and sat on the Queen’s board of trustees from 1982-91.Continue...

Mark Fournier: ‘time for a change’

Freedom Party candidate Mark Fournier wasn’t originally going to run in Kingston and the Islands this provincial election.
Fournier received a call from Freedom Party leader Paul McKeever that convinced him to run.

The main issue he’s concerned with is abolishing the provincial income tax.Continue...

Chris Beneteau: valuing the family

Family Coalition Party candidate Chris Beneteau said the three most important parts of his platform are life, freedom and family as the building blocks of society.

Beneteau said although Family Coalition is a small party, it’s close to reaching its goal of having a candidate in every riding.Continue...

Bridget Doherty: making poverty history

To Bridget Doherty, Green Party candidate for Kingston and the Islands, being a member of the provincial parliament (MPP) would mean more than an office in Queen’s Park. Her first task, if elected, would be to develop a relationship with other organizations and institutions in Kingston. Strong working relationships are necessary for improving the quality of life in Kingston for adults, seniors and kids, she said.Continue...

The Journal’s guide to party platforms

A comprehensive breakdown of party platforms on education, health care, the economy and environment.Continue...

Queen’s to offer Master’s of public health program

In recent years, the way people think about health care issues has shifted: There’s an increased emphasis on prevention, rather than solely finding a cure.

This shift, said Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane, aims to keep the general population as healthy as possible and minimize potential drains on the health-care system.Continue...

A war of words

Last week’s candidate debate at Grant Hall saw Liberal incumbent John Gerretsen taken to task on his record as Kingston’s MPP.

In the 90-minute debate, four of the six candidates running for Kingston and the Islands—Conservative Dr. John Rapin, Liberal Gerretsen, NDP Downes, and Green Bridget Doherty—answered questions from a five-person panel and took questions from the audience.Continue...

Reluctant council to close Aberdeen

For the second year in a row, Aberdeen Street will be closed on Homecoming Saturday, but Kingston’s city council isn’t happy about it.

At Tuesday’s meeting, council voted unanimously to grant the AMS’ request to have the street barricaded at both ends from 8 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

Consensus didn’t come without a fight. The motion to allow the street closure was amended to include the proviso that a favourable vote doesn’t imply consent. The issue at the top of the minds of much of council was the strategy Queen’s and the AMS would adopt to end parties on Aberdeen Street altogether.Continue...

Fairing well in the workplace

Julian Herbert, Sci ’08, isn’t worried about landing a job come spring. The mining engineering student visited the Career Fair both Monday and Tuesday in Grant Hall to explore his options. He said there were lots of opportunities for engineers. Business Career Centre Director David Edwards said a student’s first job search can be daunting.Continue...

Does Ontario have electoral dysfunction?

After researching proportional representation for a group project in a second-year politics class, Luke Field, ArtSci ’08, came to a clear decision.
For most students, a well-written paper stating that point may have been the end of the matter. But when he heard about the Citizens’ Assembly and the potential for electoral reform in Ontario, Field decided he couldn’t stay quiet on the issue.Continue...

Green Party’s health-care scheme unrealistic; NDP makes costly promises

Environmental issues have recently gained popular attention. With the proliferation of movies such as An Inconvenient Truth, being green has become more than an activist’s interest—it’s a household topic. The movement is building steam and an indicator of green consciousness is the increasing support for the Green Party of Ontario, which is now at 12 per cent support—the highest yet—according to the Toronto Star.Continue...

Emmy award-winner to teach film at Queen’s

This winter a Queen’s alumnus and Emmy Award winner will be teaching a film class at Queen’s.

Peter Raymont, ArtSci ’71, directed Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire. Along with another film about the genocide in Rwanda, God Sleeps in Rwanda, Raymont’s film was named best documentary at the 2007 News and Documentary Emmy Awards last week.Continue...

Research body to evaluate quality of Ontario education

A think tank established two years ago to improve the quality of post-secondary education in Ontario is beginning its research.

Called the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), the independent agency plans to investigate questions of accountability and inter-institutional collaboration, said director of executive services Elka Walsh.Continue...

Destinations pulls Elephant Man tickets

Destinations has cancelled ticket sales for tonight’s Elephant Man concert following complaints about the dancehall musician.

Last week, AMS Social Issues Commissioner Jeff Brown received several complaints from students about sales of Elephant Man tickets.
Brown brought his concerns to Retail Services Director Alvin Tedjo, who stopped ticket sales immediately.Continue...

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