Ardoch lawyer plans appeal

Ardoch Algonquin First Nation lawyer Christopher Reid hopes that, after today, his clients’ news will start to get better.

Reid said he plans to file an appeal for Robert Lovelace’s fine and sentence by today.
Lovelace will return to court in Kingston on March 18, where he will begin the second phase of his contempt charges. Ardoch Algonquin First Nation co-chief Paula Sherman, Honourary Chief Harold Perry, and non-Native protesters Frank Morrison, David Milne and John Hudson will also appear in court.Continue...

Leora Jackson voted 31st rector

Despite the low voter turnout—16.4 per cent of 16,054 eligible undergraduate and graduate students—Rector Johsa Manzanilla said she was happy with the way this week’s rector election was run.

Leora Jackson was named Queen’s 31st rector Wednesday night with 37.7 per cent of the vote in the sixth round of preferential balloting. Runner-up Quynh Huynh finished with 33.3 per cent of the votes.

Jackson, who found out she won at 3 a.m. Wednesday night, said it felt “surreal” to win the election.Continue...

Leora Jackson new rector

Leora Jackson was named Queen’s 31st rector late Tuesday night with 37.7 per cent--936 votes--in the sixth round of preferential ballotting.Continue...

Rector election statements

The Journal provides this space free for parties on the rector election ballot. All statements are unedited.Continue...

Contributors of the Month

The Journal presents its contributors of the month.Continue...

News In Brief

Students can now scout their professors’ reputations online before signing up for classes.

The AMS Academic Affairs Commission has launched a new website called where information collected through the University Survey of Student Assessment of Teaching (USAT) is posted. Students can look up results by professor, course or average score.Continue...

Platform similarities prevail at rector debates

This week’s rector debates underscored similarities between the seven candidates’ platforms; most of their truncated answers to questions posed verged on identical.

The seven rector candidates were limited to 30 seconds per response, giving them a chance to show how they handled themselves under pressure. All the debates centred on the vision of the rector and how he or she will handle the responsibilities and challenges associated with the job representing such a wide range of interests.Continue...

Accessibility is costly but critical

For most students, having a 9:30 a.m. class on Monday means sleeping in until 9 a.m. and making a mad dash for the door.

For Katie Charboneau, ArtSci ’11, the day begins at 7 a.m. with a wake-up call from her nurse, who helps her get out of bed and get ready in the morning.

Charboneau’s quadriplegic because of a car accident she was in two years ago. She has limited grip in her arms and uses a motorized wheelchair to get around.Continue...

Report calls for Frosh Week checks, balances

AMS Vice-President (University Affairs) Julia Mitchell released her report on the Orientation Round Table (ORT) Feb. 28, recommending new checks for the Round Table Co-ordinator to prevent a repeat of financial and communication irregularity last year.

Mitchell presented the report, which she worked on with Campus Activities Commissioner Caroline DuWors, at last week’s AMS Assembly meeting.Continue...

SGPS elects new president, one vice-president

The Society for Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) elected its executive on Feb. 28 with an 8.77 per cent voter turnout.

Jeff Welsh, PhD ’09, was elected president with 87.16 per cent of the vote. Sean Tucker, PhD ’09, was elected vice-president internal (graduate) with 85.21 per cent of the vote. He could not be reached for comment.Continue...

Commemorating Common Magic

Twenty years after cancer claimed Bronwen Wallace’s life, her cultural and political legacy lives on in Kingston. As the world gets ready for International Women’s Day this Saturday, activists, scholars, writers, residents and students are gathering for a three-day conference to meet, discuss and celebrate Wallace’s work as a Kingston writer and activist.Continue...

Wanted: $132M

Vice-Principal (Advancement) David Mitchell has a $132-million goal hanging over him—the amount the University’s expected to raise in donations towards the cost of the Queen’s Centre.

It’s more than half the original budgeted cost of the $230-million centre. So far the project is $41 million over what’s budgeted, and rising construction costs mean the price tag for Phases Two and Three may go up, as well.Continue...

Fix tried for Queen’s Centre

Thanks to cost overrun, the University has revised its contract with the company working on Phase One of Queen’s Centre construction. The first phase of the project is $41 million over budget.

Yesterday in an e-mailed statement to the Journal, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities) Ann Browne said the University changed its contract with PCL construction because of cost increases. Discussions on changing the contract began in December.Continue...

AMS wants to oust Hitchcock

The AMS wants Principal Karen Hitchcock out, but that doesn’t make a difference to the committee reviewing her reappointment.

After more than two hours of discussion and debate on Wednesday evening, AMS Assembly unanimously passed a motion stating its opposition to Hitchcock’s reappointment.

There was one abstention.

Hitchcock’s five-year term ends June 30, 2009.Continue...

News in Brief

For the third year in a row, CFRC campus radio station exceeded its annual funding drive goal.

In its second year without a University grant, the station raised about $18,400. Operations officer Eric Beers said the office of advancement told the station a significant amount of money has yet to be processed. The station will get an updated number on Monday.Continue...

Budget gives grants to graduate students

Graduate students at Canadian universities will have a financial leg up thanks to a new graduate scholarship announced in Tuesday’s federal budget.

The award, named after former Governor-General Georges Vanier and part of the Canada Graduate Scholarships Program, will grant 500 Canadian or international doctoral students $50,000 yearly for up to three years.

The program’s funded with a $25-million investment over two years.Continue...

What does the rector do?

Students will elect a new rector on March 10 and 11, but may not know they’re voting for a position that’s the only one in Canada.

“The rector is the student at large,” said University Secretary Georgina Moore. “To not be accountable to a particular [student] society gives the rector a much broader view.”

The position was created in 1913 as a member of the Board of Trustees to give students a voice when it came to the financial management of the University. The first student rector was elected in 1968.Continue...

Introducing your rector candidates

ASUS Student Senator Brooks Barnett’s definition of a successful rector is one who leaves students with a sense of community during their four years on campus.

“Making students feel they belong to a greater community … that’s probably one of the most important qualities of a rector.”

This includes addressing diversity issues so students feel safe on campus, he said.Continue...

More than just airwaves and light

The Canadian North is a subject many authors have tackled with varying degrees of success. In her latest novel, the Giller Prize-winning Late Nights on Air, Elizabeth Hay manages to not only capture the soul of 1970s Yellowknife, but also essence of the people who lived there.

Late Nights on Air won the Giller Prize up against the likes of M. G. Vassanji’s Assassin’s Song, Alissa York’s Effigy, Daniel Poliqiun’s A Secret Between Us and Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero.Continue...

Queen’s professor jailed for protest

A Queen’s professor is in jail for continuing to protest uranium exploration on disputed land.

Robert Lovelace is a former Ardoch Algonquin First Nations chief and teaches Devs 220 and Devs 221 at Queen’s. He also teaches at Sir Sanford Fleming College.

Lovelace has been part of a protest against the Oakville-based mining company Frontenac Ventures Corporation that began on June 28, 2007. Members of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and the Shabot Obaadijiwan Algonquin living in the Ardoch area believe they hold unceded interest in Crown lands to which Frontenac Ventures has laid claim, and that the provincial government should not have granted prospecting rights without consulting them.Continue...