Campus Catch Up from The Queen's Journal, Sept 17th 2021

EditorialsNDP’s Vic Sahai earns endorsement for passion for student engagement

Overall, none of the candidates inspired the confidence and excitement we hoped for from our potential representative. Gerretson, Oosterhof, and Sayle-Udall chose not to engage a pool of student voters or make a dedicated appeal for student endorsement.

Still, we believe Sahai will serve Kingston and the Islands well if he combines his drive to connect with constituents with a commitment to better understanding their wants and needs—particularly those from marginalized groups.
 Read the full story here.

Journal Editorial Board

FeatureThe power of the student vote

Claire Christie, Con-Ed ’24, will be voting for the first time in the 2021 election. Excited to get involved, she signed up to be a poll worker in this year’s election. In her new role, peers have had questions for her about the voting process.

“I think that taking away the on-campus voting was a major deterrent for many students,”

   —Claire Christie, Con-Ed '24

In the past two elections, voting on campus was made relatively easy. The Vote on Campus program was introduced in 2015 and was accompanied by an increased rate of young people going to the polls. The program allowed students to cast ballots from their university campus to their home ridings. Read the full story here.

Kirby Harris, Features Editor
News: Green Party candidate Waji Khan endorses NDP candidate, retracts

Since the initial Tweets, Khan has retracted his support for Sahai and the NDP, deleting the original message from his Twitter. In a more recent tweet, the candidate stated that "strategic voting is not the solution."

"Jagmeet Singh’s refusal to commit to cancel the TMX pipeline has made it clearer than ever that @CanadianGreens are the only party that will deliver on climate, GLI, & affordable housing. I urge Kingstonians to vote Green on Sept. 20." 
 Read the full story here.
Sydney Ko, News Editor

NewsFormer Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees establishes bursary for Indigenous business students

This year, a new scholarship will be made available for Indigenous students pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce or a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in economics or political studies at Queen’s.

In a Board of Trustees meeting on May 7, the Daniel Tisch/Argyle Communications Bursary was announced.
 Read the full story here.

—Anne Fu, Assistant News Editor


Arts: Kingston School of Art hosts outdoor painting event for eighth consecutive year

This year’s Paint the Town weekend saw a record-breaking turnout of 75 participants that surpassed the event’s totals from previous years.

The Journal spoke with Moira Demorest, co-organizer of Paint the Town and executive director of the KSOA, about how the event engaged Kingston’s artistic community. Read the full story here. 

—Mackenzie Loveys, Assistant Arts Editor

NewsCOVID-19 policy update

On Sept. 13, Queen’s released the Continuity of Education Plan (CEP) which details the university’s emergency protocols, information on continuity of education in the event of a disruption to in-person teaching and learning, and links to relevant resources.

“Developed with input from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, the Continuity of Education Plan outlines key guidance for faculty, staff, and students should COVID-19 cases be identified, and how teaching and learning is to adjust,” the CEP states. Read the full story here. 

—Asbah Ahmed, Assistant News Editor
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News: New Harassment & Discrimination Policy effective Sept. 1

On Sept. 7, Queen’s announced the new Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Response Policy (H&D Policy) took effect on Sept. 1.
  “It simplifies the processes through which campus community members can express concerns,”
      —Lon Knox, University Secretary

The policy is intended to smooth the intake process for individuals initiating complaints and reports of harassment or discrimination through the University Secretariat Office, Knox explained. Read the full story here.
Sydney Ko, News Editor

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