Queen’s, City, Kingston Police address Homecoming 2019

The sea of tri-colour at the Queen’s University Homecoming Weekend football game in 2014. Photo by Jennifer Williams via Queen’s Alumni.

Ah, it’s that time of year! Students and alumni fill the campus of Queen’s University, events of the day spill into parties at night, and you’re sure to hear ‘Cha Gheill!’ at least once if you venture into the University District…

Happy Queen’s University Homecoming 2019, Kingston!

The University, along with the City of Kingston and Kingston Police have passed along a few messages to share with the community, and we’re happy to oblige. Whether you take part in the festivities and get your tri-colour on, or you simply attempt to continue life as usual, it’s important that we all stay safe and respectful of one another throughout the weekend. Please read the following messages for everything you need to know.

Queen’s University

According to the University, Queen’s Homecoming has been an opportunity for alumni to reconnect in Kingston to engage with students, staff, faculty, and friends since 1926. This year, more than 3,000 alumni from close to100 classes and groups are reuniting to take part in more than 50 official Queen’s events.

The events all kicked off today, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, and if you happen by Grant Hall, you’re sure to see something happening all weekend, apart from when the Queen’s Band Alumni Parade marches from Grant Hall to Richardson Stadium for the football game at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. The Homecoming Weekend football game is not to be missed, as the crowds are more spirited and colourful than any other time of year. Read more about the game from Tim Cunningham here. Although many of the Homecoming events aren’t open to the public, you can find a list of all of the activities here, just to be aware of what’s going on.

City of Kingston

The City of Kingston is reminding residents and visitors to “be safe and #KingstonFriendly to avoid receiving a ticket while the University District Safety Initiative is in effect from 1 a.m. on Oct. 18 to 12 p.m. on Oct. 21,” according to a press release from the City.

“Have fun. Enjoy yourselves. Take care to keep yourself and your friends safe. And, please, behave in a way that is respectful of neighbours and not likely to attract the attention of police or bylaw enforcement officers,” said. Kyle Compeau, Acting Manager of Licensing and Enforcement for the City of Kingston.

The City has provided the following reminders to help keep everyone safe this weekend:

  • The Nuisance Party Bylaw and University District Safety Initiative are in effect city-wide this weekend and that means that any bylaw enforcement ticket could result in a court summons. Enforced by Kingston Police, the bylaw can apply to any person who creates, causes, hosts, sponsors, conducts, continues, or attends a nuisance party
  • Bylaw enforcement officers will be out over the weekend to ticket garbage, property standards and noise infractions.
  • Kingston Police reminds revelers to obey laws applying to alcohol and cannabis-use this weekend.
  • Kingston Fire & Rescue cautions that alcohol and fire do not mix.

The University District Safety Initiative was developed and supported by the City and Queen’s University to help maintain area and student safety. The Initiative calls for Nuisance Party Bylaw offenders, including residents, alumni and students to be issued a Part I Summons, meaning that anyone charged under the bylaw will need to appear before a Justice of the Peace in Kingston. For FAQs on Nuisance Party Bylaw from the City, click here. For more on the University District Safety Initiative, from the City, click here.

Kingston Police

Kingston Police have been working with the City of Kingston, Queen’s University, and other community partners in preparation for Homecoming Weekend. Police have scheduled a large contingent of officers to work the event “to ensure frontline patrol can adequately respond to their regular calls for service throughout the city,” Kingston Police said in a press release.

“Our priority is the safety of our community while maintaining a reasonable and appropriate level of enforcement,” Kingston Police said.

Officers will be in cruisers, on foot, and on bicycles, engaging with students and working to keep sidewalks and roadways open.

“Homecoming weekend is about alumni and current students coming together to celebrate what it means to be part of this great community in Kingston, while demonstrating social responsibility, accountability, and safety for their peers,” Kingston Police said. “As seen in 2018, anyone participating in Homecoming this year should expect substantial changes that will be in effect as a consequence of poor behaviour.”

The University District Safety Initiative will be in effect from 1:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.

“A person charged under this initiative will be required to appear before a Justice of the Peace in Kingston, regardless of where they live, and will not have the option to settle the charge by mail, by phone, or online,” police said. “The goal is to ensure that people charged with an offence account for their actions in person.”

For more details on the Nuisance Party By-Law or University District Safety Initiative from Kingston Police, click here.

“Kingston Police are urging all citizens to be respectful of the community, mindful of the law, and have an enjoyable and safe Homecoming weekend.”

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