Lo­cal com­mit­tee work­ing to im­prove re­la­tions be­tween off-cam­pus stu­dents, neigh­bours


SACKVILLE, N.B. –A lo­cal com­mu­nity work­ing group that has been es­tab­lished to im­prove re­la­tions be­tween off-cam­pus stu­dents and their neigh­bours will be tak­ing steps this fall to do just that.

Jamie Burke, Sackville’s se­nior manager of cor­po­rate projects, said the com­mit­tee has been look­ing at a num­ber of ways to get Mount Al­li­son Uni­ver­sity, its stu­dent body and the com­mu­nity en­gaged and work­ing to­gether to im­prove res­i­den­tial living in lo­cal neigh­bour­hoods.

Burke said the first step will be ed­u­cat­ing in­com­ing stu­dents as well as re­mind­ing re­turn­ing stu­dents dur­ing ori­en­ta­tion week about their rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties if they opt for off-cam­pus living.

He also said the com­mit­tee is look­ing at the po­ten­tial to build on the “com­mu­nity bar­be­cues” like the ones that have been held in the past when stu­dents and lo­cal res­i­dents come to­gether in a neigh­bour­hood for a meal and some ca­ma­raderie.

Burke said the com­mit­tee is also ex­plor­ing the po­ten­tial for restora­tive jus­tice ses­sions if there con­tinue to be is­sues in some neigh­bour­hoods, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to curb­ing noisy par­ties and dis­tur­bances.

Coun. Shawn Mesheau said he was glad to see the group is for­mu­lat­ing a plan.

“It’s nice to see this progress ... to take the next step,” he said.

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