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For the Record: Oct. 18, 2018

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

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Dean of the Faculty of Law search committee membership announced

On behalf of Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris is pleased to announce the membership of the committee that will advise him on the present state and future prospects of the Dean of the Faculty of Law:

  • Tom Harris (Chair), Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
  • Lori Stewart (Secretary), Executive Director, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
  • Barbara Crow, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Ann Deer, Indigenous Recruitment and Support Coordinator
  • Shai Dubey, Adjunct Assistant Professor & Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Business Law
  • Ben Fickling, Law Students' Society Representative
  • Amy Kaufman, Head Law Librarian
  • Lisa Kerr, Assistant Professor
  • Erik Knutsen, Professor and Associate Dean, Academic
  • Deanna Morash, Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance
  • Sheila Murray, Chair of the Faculty of Law Dean’s Council
  • Stephanie Simpson, Executive Director (Human Rights and Equity Offices) and University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights
  • Gregoire Webber, Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law

Principal Woolf extends his thanks to the members of the committee for their willingness to serve.


Dr. Ruzica Jokic appointed as Assistant Dean, Distributed Medical Education.

Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), has appointed Dr. Ruzica Jokic as Assistant Dean, Distributed Medical Education for the Faculty of Health Sciences. The appointment is for a five-year term beginning on Oct. 1, 2018.

Dean Reznick would also like to thank Dr. Phil Wattam, who has served as the Assistant Dean, Distributed Medical Education for the past five years. Under Dr. Wattam’s guidance, the Faculty of Health Sciences has made significant advancements in studentship in their distributed medical education sites through the creation of innovative educational partnerships.

Dr. Jokic earned her MD from the University of Belgrade in 1983, and then went on to complete her specialist training in internal medicine there as well. After coming to Canada, she trained as a psychiatrist, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2003. After completing her training, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan from 2003 to 2004 before moving to Queen’s.

At Queen’s, Dr. Jokic was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry from 2004 to 2011, when she was promoted to the rank of associate professor. In 2016, she was granted tenure at the university. Since coming to Queen’s, she has taken on an increasing level of responsibility in medical education, serving in positions such as the postgraduate program director in the Department of Psychiatry. She has taken on other leadership roles at Queen’s as well, including serving as deputy head of the Department of Psychiatry and as the clinical director of the Mood Disorder Research and Treatment Service at Providence Care.

A valued member of the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Jokic has earned several awards from the department, including the Mentorship Award in 2012, the Exemplary Service to the Department award in 2016, and the Outstanding Contribution to Postgraduate Education Award in 2017.

Dr. Jokic will undoubtedly bring the same dedication and vision that made her an effective Postgraduate Program Director to her new role as Assistant Dean. Please join Dr. Reznick in congratulating her on this appointment.


Job Title: Senior Legal Counsel
Department: Office of the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel
Competition: J0518-1117
Successful Candidate: Lavonne Hood

Job Title: Research Program Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: University Research Services
Competition: J0818-0095
Successful Candidate: Traci Allen (University Research Services)

Job Title: Information Services Technician (CUPE Local 1302)
Department: Department of Library Services
Competition: J0918-0352
Successful Candidate: Joseph Lee

Job Title: Administrative Assistant/Graduate Program Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Department of Cultural Studies
Competition: J0818-0482
Successful Candidate: Carrie Miles (Department of Cultural Studies)

Job Title: Events and Services Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: School of Graduate Studies
Competition: J0618-0289
Successful Candidate: Chantal-Christine Valkenborg

Job Title: Associate Director, Student Services (Registration, Admissions and Services)
Department: Faculty of Arts and Science
Competition: J0518-0583
Successful Candidate: Kevin O'Brien

Job Title: Systems Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Information Technology Services
Competition: J0718-0792
Successful Candidate: Tyler Gibbons (Information Technology Services)

Job Title: Cancer Research Monitor/Auditor
Department: Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Competition: J0718-0812
Successful Candidate: Ryan Elliott

Job Title: Accounts Receivable Administrator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Department of Financial Services
Competition: J0818-1093
Successful Candidate: Anke Starratt

Job Title: Special Projects Officer
Department: Human Rights and Equity Office
Competition: J0718-0421
Successful Candidate: Vanessa Yzaguirre (Student Affairs)

Job Title: Director, Queens Legal Aid
Department: Faculty of Law
Competition: J0718-0269
Successful Candidate: Blair Crew

Job Title: Business Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Information Technology Services
Competition: J0718-0790
Successful Candidate: Tanya Fowler (Information Technology Services)

Job Title: Development and Alumni Engagement Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Development and Alumni Engagement, School of Business
Competition: J0818-0938
Successful Candidate: Shelaine Chapple

Job Title: Construction Project Manager
Department: Physical Plant Services Department
Competition: J0618-1098
Successful Candidate: David Waite

Job Title: Supervisor, Custodial Services
Department: Physical Plant Services Department
Competition: J0718-0268
Successful Candidate: Michael McLean

Job Title: Accessibility Services Advisor (USW Local 2010)
Department: Department of Student Wellness Services
Competition: J0718-0115
Successful Candidate: Monique Dube

Job Title: Marketing Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Department of Undergraduate Admission & Recruitment
Competition: J0418-0590
Successful Candidate: Sasha Parrell

Job Title: Accounts Payable Clerk (USW Local 2010)
Department: Department of Strategic Procurement Services
Competition: J0818-0130
Successful Candidate: Melissa Wemp

Job Title: Personal Counsellor (USW Local 2010)
Department: Student Counselling Services Department
Competition: J0918-0802
Successful Candidate: Farah Nanji

Job Title: Classroom, Multimedia and Technical Support Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences Videoconferencing, Classroom and Desktop Support
Competition: J0518-1274
Successful Candidate: Peter Leong

Job Title: Laboratory and Educational Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Biomedical and Molecular Science
Competition: J0718-1130
Successful Candidate: Logan Bale

Job Title: Human Resources Advisor
Department: Human Resources Department
Competition: J0818-0241
Successful Candidate: Kristy Lodewyks (Human Resources Department)

Job Title: Supervisor, Custodial Services
Department: Physical Plant Services Department
Competition: J0718-0268
Successful Candidate: Michael McLean

Job Title: Internship Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Department of Career Services
Competition: J0718-0890
Successful Candidate: Sarah Towns

Job Title: Research Assistant
Department: Centre for Neuroscience Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences
Competition: J0818-1088
Successful Candidate: Paige Ryan

Job Title: Caretaker (CUPE Local 229)
Department: Physical Plant Services
Competition: J0718-0396
Successful Candidate: Paul Homer, Barry Olmstead, Kiana Johnson, James Cyr

Job Title: Information and Admissions Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Education
Competition: J0818-0261
Successful Candidate: Morgan Roy

Job Title: Caretaker (CUPE Local 229)
Department: Physical Plant Services
Competition: J0718-0397
Successful Candidate: Ray Woodman, Chris Carleton, Mashell Brissett, David Brown, Mike Wilkinson, Terry Tinkess, Marconius Crockett

Job Title: Program Associate (USW Local 2010)
Department: Physics
Competition: J0118-0836
Successful Candidate: Svetlana Kostina

Job Title: Elder in Residence/ Traditional Knowledge Keeper
Department: Office of Indigenous Initiatives
Competition: J0718-0518
Successful Candidate: Clinton Allen Doxtator, Tim Yearington


Queen’s United Way reaches 70 per cent of goal

United Way ThermometerThe Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $330,177 for this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

Launched on Oct. 1, the campaign has reached $230,795, or 70 per cent of its goal, as of Friday, Oct. 19.

Last year, more than 58,000 people benefited from United Way KFL&A-funded programs.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. 

To make a donation online through the United Way’s ePledge system, simply go to queensu.ca/unitedway and fill out the forms. Please note that if you donated last year and selected the auto-renewal action, no further action is required unless you would like to change your donation. 

More information on the campaign and the role of the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee is available in this Gazette article.

Funding available for inclusive initiatives

The Office of the Provost and Vice Principal (Academic) has launched a new program to fund community efforts to build a more inclusive campus.

[Queen's University Isabel Bader Centre Human Rights Festival 2018]
The Isabel Bader Centre's Human Rights Festival was one initiative supported by Inclusive Community funding in 2017-18. (Supplied Photo)

Students, faculty, and staff with ideas that promote inclusivity or foster intercultural connections have a new option for support from the university.

The Inclusive Community Fund was established in 2018 to further these goals within the Queen’s community, and is now accepting applications.

The program began informally during the 2017-18 academic year when the Provost’s Office was approached by various groups on campus seeking support for their diversity and inclusivity-themed efforts. After recognizing the need for and value of this type of fund, the Inclusive Community Fund was turned into a formal program starting in the 2018-19 year.

“A more diverse campus community enhances our academic mission, our student experience, and our research,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “Having a greater understanding of and appreciation for different cultures is important for our learners and for our staff and faculty. It is my hope that this funding will provide opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff to showcase the best of their ideas and create opportunities for sharing and dialogue.”

Established by a $50,000 annual contribution from the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), any Queen’s student or employee can apply for funding to support an initiative or event that promotes an inclusive Queen’s community. Each project proposal will be evaluated on the extent to which it:

  • promotes a more inter-culturally informed, tolerant, and inclusive campus community
  • is open to the Queen’s and/or broader community
  • enhances the quality of the student or employee experience at Queen’s
  • promotes Queen’s in a positive manner

A group comprising two representatives from Student Affairs, one student representative, one staff representative, and the Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) is responsible for reviewing applications and making decisions.

Last year, several groups received funding during the pilot offering. Among those was the Queen’s Black Academic Society, which organized a first-ever conference focused on the future of black scholarship.

Applications to the Inclusive Community Fund are open year round. To learn more or apply for funding, visit the Inclusive Queen’s website.

2017-18 Financial Statements approved by Board

The university's 2017-18 financial performance enabled investments in key priorities. 

The Queen’s Board of Trustees recently approved the university’s 2017-18 Financial Statements – a formal document which details how the university earned and spent its money in the last fiscal year.

As these Consolidated Financial Statements detail, during the 2017-18 fiscal year Queen's achieved a consolidated surplus of $74.9 million.

This surplus was primarily the result of higher than anticipated student enrolments in degree and non-degree programs, and also reflects the efforts of faculties and shared services to help the university manage its finances and plan for future strategic investments.  It also reflects anticipated surpluses to accommodate capital project financing.

“These financial results put us in good stead and will allow Queen's to make prudent investments into our strategic priorities,” says Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “These include our faculty renewal plan which will see us hire 200 new faculty over five years; new diversity, inclusivity and reconciliation initiatives; and ongoing investments aimed at supporting research excellence across Queen's.”

As the statement outlines, Queen's is actively assessing and managing a number of ongoing financial risks. Along with other universities in the province, Queen's has a significant deferred maintenance backlog. Further, university revenues are largely decided by grant and tuition rates, which are controlled by the provincial and federal governments.

The university also continues to address its financially unsustainable pension plan as together with the University of Toronto, the University of Guelph and employee groups, we have designed a new jointly sponsored pension plan, the University Pension Plan Ontario (UPP). Once established, other Ontario universities will have the option of joining the UPP.

Ms. Janiec says these financial challenges are taken into account in the university’s operational plans and governance oversight. The senior leadership team continues to monitor and mitigate the risks to help manage Queen’s long-term financial competitiveness.

“Under the leadership of Principal Daniel Woolf, Queen's has worked hard over the past nine years to achieve a strong financial position and it is now serving us well,” says Ms. Janiec. “This coming year, we will open a new building on campus, Mitchell Hall. It will be a hub for wellness and innovation activities and, as with all things at Queen's, it will feature a seamless blend of our heritage and traditions with the latest modern thinking and design. It is a fitting symbol of the progress underway at our university and the bright future we are navigating towards together.

To read the Financial Statement 2017-18, visit the Financial Services website.

Creating lasting ties through Homecoming

Homecoming connects returning alumni with Queen's, classmates, faculty, staff, and current students.

[Tricolour Parade]
One of the signature events of Queen's Homecoming is the Tricolour Parade during the Queen's Gaels football game. (University Communications)

During Homecoming thousands of Queen’s alumni from across Canada, and around the world, return to Queen’s to reconnect with the university, classmates, friends, professors, and the City of Kingston.

To help foster these connections there are numerous events throughout the weekend (Friday, Oct. 19-Sunday, Oct. 21).

50th Anniversary of the Faculty of Education
Celebrate five decades of excellence as the Faculty of Education hosts several events during Homecoming weekend in honour of this major milestone. The weekend will feature a book launch, an art exhibit, a wine and cheese reception, and more. When and where: For full details on all these events, visit the Faculty of Education website.
125th Anniversary of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Homecoming weekend will provide a great kickoff to the 125th celebrations, as alumni share in the excitement at the Dean’s Homecoming Pancake Breakfast. Student teams, clubs and faculty will be on hand to meet with alumni, share past and present stories, and distribute special 125th items – some alumni will have the chance to win limited edition Queen’s Engineering socks. To learn more, see this Gazette article about the celebrations.

Making sure all goes smoothly is a dedicated team supported by legions of volunteers, including faculty, staff, students, and community members.

From organizers of class reunions and events to helping register incoming alumni, from setting up open houses and lending a hand with the Tricolour Guard parade at the Gaels football game, volunteers and volunteering opportunities take many forms.

Leading the way is Sarah Indewey, Associate Director, Alumni and Volunteer Relations in the Office of Advancement.

“We literally cannot run Homecoming without volunteers. There’s a small group of staff who work the majority of the year, then to actually make Homecoming happen we have to increase our team through volunteers. We have more than 250 alumni volunteers who work on class events and class philanthropic campaigns,” she says.  “During Homecoming weekend we also have upwards of 300 volunteer opportunities for students to engage with returning alumni, including helping with registration, making sure that people get checked in for the weekend, and ensuring that alumni are able to find out about the different events and get the different materials available like the Homecoming booklet.”

Interacting with volunteers is an important opportunity for alumni to connect with students and learn more about the Queen’s of today while, at the same time, students see the value of staying connected with the university after they have graduated. These interactions help strengthen the bonds of the Queen’s community.

With this year’s Homecoming just days away, preparations are going well and Ms. Indewey is excited about the opportunities for all involved. Along with the traditional events such as the Tricolour Guard (alumni celebrating their 50th anniversary or more) reception and dinner, the parades, the Queen’s Gaels football game, and numerous class reunions, there are several new additions to the Homecoming calendar.

Of note is the launch event for the Queen’s Black Alumni Chapter, being held Saturday morning, which will feature a panel talk.

Also new is an improved focus on accessibility for Homecoming

“We worked with the Equity Office this year to do a presentation to help the volunteers navigate different conversations and to facilitate positive interactions,” Ms. Indewey says. “We also worked with the Equity Office to train volunteers as Accessibility Champions. We have a lot of Tricolour Guard who come back, or anyone who might have accessibility needs, and we want to ensure that we have opportunity to help them enjoy the best weekend that they can.”

Making a return is the Queen’s Student Alumni Association’s Spirit Corner on Saturday morning. Being held outside Grant Hall, the event will help get alumni ready for a full day of celebrations.

“Alumni can come to Grant Hall in the morning, get a coffee, grab a special ‘Q’ doughnut, get their face painted, have their picture taken with Super Fan, and head off with the Queen’s Bands parade to Richardson Stadium or they can stay around campus and visit the many faculty open houses that are also going on,” Ms. Indewey says.

At the other end of the alumni timeline from the Tricolour Guard is Reunion Zero, where the Class of 2018 returns to Queen’s for their first Homecoming. A recent addition, this reunion continues to grow in popularity and is a way to engage Queen’s newest alumni members in the official Homecoming programming. Also gaining traction is the fifth year reunion. These alumni, Ms. Indewey explains are a little further along and maybe getting settled into their careers and lives. Nostalgia for their university days is just starting to settle in.

“It’s a really great time to reignite that Queen’s spark,” she says “It’s an excuse for them to get in touch with their Queen’s connections and we have a really great turnout in the fifth group.”

For more information about Homecoming 2018, including a full listing of events, visit the Queen’s Alumni website.

Gaels power into OUA women's rugby final

Queen's Gaels women's rugby
The Queen's Gaels control a lineout during Saturday's OUA women's rugby semifinal against the McMaster Marauders at Nixon Field. The Gaels won 29-24. (Photo by Robin Kasem)

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams and athletes in action over the weekend:


The No. 6 Queen’s Gaels women’s rugby team picked up a 29-24 victory over the No. 9 McMaster Marauders in the OUA semifinal at Nixon Field Saturday, securing a berth into the OUA Championship.

The win meant that the Gaels will square off with the No. 3 Guelph Gryphons for the OUA title for the second straight year. Last season, the Gryphons defeated the Gaels 43-17 in Guelph, where this year's championship game will be held.

With the win the Gaels secured a berth in the U Sports National Championship which will be hosted by Acadia.

The Gaels opened the scoring in the eighth minute as Camille Irvine found some space along the right edge of the field for the try. Nadia Popov then kicked the conversion to put the Gaels up 7-0.

However, it didn't take McMaster long to respond as they tied the scores just two minutes later.

This is where Popov took control as she carried the Gaels into a 17-7 halftime advantage with two tries.

As the second half got underway, the Marauders got a quick try to move within a single score, narrowing the gap to 17-12.

However, a highlight play from the Gaels’ Sophie de Goede put the Gaels ahead 22-12 mid-way through the second half.

After McMaster trimmed the Gaels' lead to 22-17, Pippi McKay won a ball from the ruck and dove into the end zone in the 75th minute. Popov's conversion was good as the Gaels took a 29-17 lead.

McMaster scored a late try and conversion but it was too little too late as the final whistle blew shortly after.


The Queen’s Gaels men’s rugby team (7-0) remained undefeated with a 60-15 blowout win over the Western Mustangs (2-5) in London. With the win the Gaels clinch the top seed in the OUA and home-field advantage throughout the OUA playoffs.

On Saturday, The Gaels jumped out to a quick 15-0 lead on three consecutive trys.

However, the Mustangs were able to cut into the deficit with a try and conversion to make the score 15-7. But from that point on the Gaels had full control.

They would tack on two more tries and one conversion to take a 27-10 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Gaels conceded just a single try as they continued to put points on the board. They outscored the Mustangs 33-5 in the second half to secure the win.

The Gaels return home for their final regular season game as they host the McMaster Marauders (4-3) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3 pm.


The Queen’s Gaels women’s hockey team (1-0-0-0) defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs (0-0-1-0) 4-2 in their OUA opener on Friday night at the Memorial Centre.

The Gaels got off to a hot start as Taylor Hicks opened the scoring only moments into the game. Queen's stretched the advantage to 3-0 in the first with goals from Caroline DeBruin and Kaylie Dennis. IN the second Hailey Wilson scored five minute in to make it 4-0.

Laurentian responded late in the period and added a second goal in the third.


The No. 6 Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team (2-0-0) defeated the RMC Paladins (1-1-0) 4 -0 in the Gaels home opener Wednesday night.

In a high-energy game with plenty of physical play between the crosstown rivals Caleb Warren opened the scoring 1:36 into the second period. The Gaels added to the advantage minute later through Patrick Sanvido. In the third the Gaels got goals from Liam Dunda and Eric Margo while rookie goalie Jack Flinn picked up the shutout and his first OUA win.


The Queen's women’s soccer team (8-2-4) finished the annual northern swing with a pair of draws: 0-0 with the Nipissing Lakers (7-3-4) on Sunday, and 1-1 against the Laurentian Voyageurs (3-6-4) on Saturday.

The team’s lone goals was scored by Jenny Wolever, who now leads the OUA with 14.

Goalkeeper Anna Stephenson recorded the shutout against Nipissing.


The Queen's Gaels men's soccer team (8-5-1) swept their northern road trip with a pair of 1-0 wins over the Nipissing Lakers (6-7-1) and Laurentian Voyageurs (4-8-1).

The wins give the Gaels some breathing room heading into the final weekend of the season, with a six-point lead over the Lakers with two games left

On Saturday, Kyle Owens netted the winning penalty in the second half against the Lakers.

A day earlier, Junior Kwame Addai scored his third of the season in the 85th minute against the Voyageurs.

Cannabis legalization and campus policy

How will changes to federal and provincial cannabis laws impact the Queen’s community?

Cannabis plant
Cannabis plant (Photo credit: Roberto Valdivia)

On Oct. 17, 2018, recreational cannabis will become legal in Canada. Queen’s University students, faculty, and staff must be aware of how new federal and provincial laws affect university policies and procedures, as well as the rights and responsibilities of all members of the campus community.

“In early 2018, Queen's established a Cannabis Working Group that tracked the progress of the federal and provincial cannabis legislation, and worked to identify and adapt all university policies that would be impacted by legalized cannabis,” says Dan Langham, Queen’s Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Chair of the Queen’s Cannabis Working Group. “Our collaborative, multi-department working group is now focused on raising awareness on campus of how federal and provincial laws have impacted university policies and procedures, so that all members of our campus community can come to understand their rights and responsibilities, and that a safe and healthy environment is maintained.”

The Legislation

In accordance with the Government of Canada’s Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Control Act of Ontario, all people in Ontario must adhere to the following laws:

  • You must be 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis.
  • You may possess a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis in public at any time.
  • If passed, Bill 36 permits smoking or vaping cannabis wherever tobacco smoking and vaping is permitted (excluding motor vehicles), except on any Queen’s University property as per university policy.
  • You may not consume cannabis in the workplace as it is illegal and will continue to be after Oct. 17, 2018

The federal government provides information on cannabis health effects, cannabis and international travel and accessing cannabis for medical purposes, as well as resources to help discuss cannabis with various audiences. The Government of Ontario has also outlined its provincial rules and regulations.

Cannabis on campus

The legalization of cannabis has prompted Queen's University to institute an array of policy changes and additions that will apply to every member of the campus community:

  • Consumption of cannabis is subject to a number of restrictions:
    • Smoking or vaping of cannabis is prohibited on the Queen's University campus, unless approved for medical or research use. The university’s Interim Smoking of Cannabis Policy works in tandem with existing Queen’s policies about Smoking on Campus.
    • Use of recreational cannabis in the workplace is illegal and will remain so following Oct. 17, 2018.
    • The purchase or sale of edibles is not legal and will not become legal on Oct. 17, 2018.
  • Growing/cultivation/distribution/sale of cannabis is strictly prohibited on campus or in university facilities, including residences.
  • Cannabis possession on campus faces a number of restrictions:
    • Under-age possession (under 19 years old) of cannabis, cannabis byproducts (including but not limited to oils, edibles, seeds, or plants) is prohibited, as is possession of cannabis accessories (bongs, grinders, pipes, and vaporizers, etc).
    • Those 19 years old and over may possess quantities as outlined by Ontario's government.
    • Possessed cannabis must be secured (not accessible to others), and stowed in a scent-free manner.
    • Possessing cannabis while in operation or as a passenger of a university vehicle is prohibited.
  • Accommodations for medical cannabis will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with university policy and federal and provincial laws. See the sections below for accommodations related to students or faculty/staff.
  • Cannabis or Cannabis Accessories used on university property for teaching and/or research purposes where the research meets all regulatory and ethics approval requirements and where all appropriate protections for environmental health and safety are in place and are approved by the Department of Environmental Health & Safety.

For a comprehensive directory of policy changes relating to cannabis, visit our Policies Regarding the Legalization of Cannabis page for students, faculty, and staff. Here you will find cannabis-related resources regarding our residence community standards, health and wellness, human resource guidelines, codes of conduct, and more.

“As the governments of Canada and Ontario continue to develop their recreational cannabis frameworks, Queen’s University may continue to adjust policies pursuant to emerging legislation,” says Langham. “Members of the Queen’s community will be notified should further policies be adjusted or instituted.”

Remember: Until Oct. 17, 2018, cannabis remains illegal and existing laws, rules, and regulations still apply.

Queen’s United Way campaign reaches 60 per cent of goal

The Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $330,177 for this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

Launched on Oct. 1, the campaign has reached $198,419, or 60.1 per cent of its goal, as of Friday, Oct. 12.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. To make a donation online through the United Way’s ePledge system, simply go to queensu.ca/unitedway. Please note that if you donated last year and selected the auto-renewal action, no further action is required unless you would like to change your donation. 

More information on the campaign and the role of the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee is available in this Gazette article.

The perks of being green

Waste Reduction Week introduces the new ECO Beverage Card to earn free coffee and tea through sustainable mugs.

The ECO Beverage Card, now available at 10 locations across campus.
The ECO Beverage Card, now available at 10 locations across campus.

Waste Reduction Week kicks off with the launch of a sustainability program that will reduce the amount of single serve cups and lids used, while giving Queen’s community members a hot drink on the house.

The ECO Beverage Card program from Queen’s Hospitality Services features a punch card for anyone who brings reusable mugs to any of the 10 locations across campus. Buying seven tea or coffees earns one free cup at The Lazy Scholar, Goodes Café, Gord’s Fresh Café, The Library Café, Location 21, Market Street, Recharge, West Campus Dining Hall, Mac-Correy Dining Hall, and Student Street Express.

“Our goal is to increase the use of reusable mugs from five per cent last year to 20 per cent this year,” says Jennifer Pete, Associate Director, Housing & Ancillary Services. “If we reach our goal, and sell the same amount of coffee and tea as we did last year, we will divert over 23,000 disposable cups from recycling streams and landfills.”

The new program is one of many initiatives that have made Waste Reduction Week, October 15 – 19, an evolving effort every year. The waste reduction rate represents the amount of waste that is diverted from landfill and instead is recycled. For 2017-18, Queen’s rate was 48 per cent, an increase of one per cent over last year. The Canadian average rate for diverted waste from non-residential sources (institutions, commercial operations, industry, and construction) is 38 per cent according to The Conference Board of Canada. Watch out for the full Queen’s Waste Diversion Rate Reporting, coming soon from the Queen’s Sustainability Office.

Check out the recently updated Waste Watcher’s Guide to Recycling and Waste Disposal for practical tips on how to properly dispose of everything from batteries and electronic waste to office supplies and building materials.

Queen’s places fifth in Maclean’s rankings

Queen's among top universities in the medical-doctoral category and second overall in student satisfaction.

[University Avenue at Queen's in the fall]
In the annual university rankings by Maclean's, Queen's placed fifth out of 15 medical-doctoral universities in Canada. (University Communications)

Queen’s placed fifth amongst Canada’s 15 medical-doctoral universities according to the 2019 Maclean’s university rankings, which were released on Thursday.

McGill University and University of Toronto tied atop the medical-doctoral rankings, followed by University of British Columbia, and McMaster University. The ranking features universities with a broad range of PhD programs and research, as well as medical schools. The two other university rankings are comprehensive, and primarily undergraduate.

The highest marks for Queen’s in the medical-doctoral ranking include second place in student satisfaction and faculty awards, while placing fourth in student awards, library expenses, and scholarships and bursaries.

In the student satisfaction ranking Queen’s placed second for a second straight year, behind only Sherbrooke. Queen’s placed in the top three in six of the 10 categories, led by a first place in extracurricular activities. The university also placed second in student life staff and residence living, and third for administrative staff, academic advising staff, and promoting indigenous visibility.

“This year’s Maclean’s rankings speak to the continuing quality of a Queen’s education,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “Queen’s offers the definitive student experience and I am pleased to note that the university continued its strong showing in the student satisfaction ranking, with positive results in such important categories as student life, mental health services, steps to prevent sexual assault, and promoting Indigenous visibility.” 

Maclean’s also provided statistics that showed Queen’s is tops amongst all universities in the proportion of undergraduate students who graduate (88.6 per cent), third in student retention from first to second year (94.7 per cent), and fifth for average entering grade (89.4 per cent).

Queen’s placed seventh out of 49 universities in the national reputational ranking, up one place from last year. For the reputational ranking Maclean’s surveyed university faculty and senior administrators, high school guidance counsellors and a variety of businesspeople asking for their views on quality and innovation at universities. In the three categories of the ranking, Queen’s placed sixth for highest quality, eighth for most innovative, and seventh for leaders of tomorrow, up three spots from 2018.

Maclean’s also ranked selected programs in the sciences and social sciences, assessing research and reputation: Biology (14); Business (7); Computer Science (12); Education (12); Engineering (9); Medicine (12); Nursing (8); Psychology (6).


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