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Motion to Explore Concept of Postsecondary Student Elected to Council

April 22, 2013 -

Posted on behalf of the Mayors Office

Today Mayor Mark Gerretsen and Councillor Jeff Scott announced their intention to bring forward a motion on Tuesday night that asks Council to defer the 3rd reading of the by-law on electoral boundary changes to request staff to explore a concept of postsecondary students electing their own student representative on Council.

"There has been a lot of great discussion around student representation and engagement in the past few weeks and I've heard from people on all sides," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "As a university and college town, we have a long standing relationship with students in our community and this concept could change the way we have traditionally viewed that relationship and how the student voice is represented at Council."

The motion asks city staff to look at the possibility of adding an additional Councillor to the current 12. The new Councillor could be elected by post-secondary students in the Kingston community to represent student interests at Council.

"Postsecondary students live throughout our entire city – the inner city, the suburbs and the rural parts," said Councillor Jeff Scott. "The concept of a postsecondary student at large could represent the student body in Kingston covering RMC, St. Lawrence College and Queen's."

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For more information contact:
Mayor Mark Gerretsen
(613) 546-4291 ext. 1405

Kingston City Councillor, Jeff Scott
(613) 547-6906