It’s Tuesday September 6th. Good Morning I’m Karim Mosna with your daily news brief. Sunny today, warming up to 25. Right now it’s a cool 14.
In the news…
Kingston City Council is scheduled to meet tonight. A main item on the agenda is to decide whether to accept Patry’s request for a Ministerial Zoning Order to allow for Patry’s condo development property on the former Davis Tannery lands. The MZO would mean amendments to the city’s official plan and zoning-by-laws allowing for residential development on the land of 2 River Street and 50 Orchard Street. At the City’s Planning Committee meeting in August, 4 of 6 councillors voted against Patry’s proposal and the MZO. Several environmental groups have also written letters opposing Patry’s proposal.
Over 4,500 new Queen’s University students moved in on Saturday to the 17 residence buildings. This school year it was all done in one day. Over the past two years residence occupancy was restricted to 90% and the move in period was stretched out over four days.
Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs at Queen’s Ann Tierney said it’s one of the best days of the year.She adds “Students make connections in different places. The key is that everybody feels that sense of belonging.”
This story courtesy of Owen Fullerton of YGK News… Join me this afternoon at 5 for Citizen K, to learn more about how the Queen’s University International Centre supports students who are new to Canada, and we’ll also hear student perspectives on Queen’s COVID policy.
CUPE 229 representing food and hospitality workers at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre approved a deal that will bring their wages to parity with other Queens employees. Over the three year term of the new deal members will see up to a 40% wage increase.
CUPE 229 President Sherri Ferris said in a release “The adjustments won’t happen overnight. But over the next three years, the new contract will bring these CUPE members closer to a living wage. In the end, we’re pleased that Aramark agreed that this was a fair and reasonable goal.”
A release from CUPE pointed out that dishwashers at the Donald Gordon Centre earned $15.42 an hour while their peers at other Queen’s locations earned $21.36 an hour for the same job. Dishwashers at the Donald Gordon Centre will now see their wages increase to $22 an hour in 2024, with all 35 staff contracted at the Centre to see similarly scaled raises.
This story courtesy of Owen Fullerton of YGK News.
That’s all for your daily news brief. I’m Karim Mosna. If you have any news tips email: firstname.lastname@example.org