Editorials Archive: 2006

The truth you should handle

Our fixation with avoiding personal conflict has grown so big that we are willing to put a person’s right to be left alone ahead of our own right to stand up for what’s right.

All for the sake of avoiding an awkward situation.Continue...

RCMP wrong to raid, judge rules

Last Thursday, Ontario Superior Court Judge Lynn Ratushny ruled in favour of Juliet O’Neill—an Ottawa Citizen journalist whose house was raided by the RCMP two years ago for information she had related to the Maher Arar case.
Hopefully the landmark ruling on press freedom and freedom of expression will prevent abuses of power like this in the future.Continue...

A lecture worth our while

If all that lectures are providing are PowerPoint presentations or overhead slides identical to that which students can get online from the comfort of their own home, should students really be blamed for skipping class?Continue...

No other word but hate

If we accept hate speech in our everyday public exchanges, who is to say that we will not then accept hate violence? If hate speech is allowable in the street, when will it be allowable in the classroom or the courtroom? We need to start calling hate speech what it is, when it happens.Continue...

Preventing date rape

It’s nice to see that the Rape/Aggression Defense courses offered by Campus Security are all filled up for the rest of the dates in October and November. Hopefully, this free course will continue in the future and other female students can take advantage of this useful self-defense program so they are able to better protect themselves--in any situation.Continue...

Hate crime in New York

On Tuesday, in Brooklyn, NY, two men were indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree murder as a hate crime, for an incident that took place on Oct. 11. According to the New York Times , Michael J. Sandy was lured into a meeting place by the suspects that night. Sandy was attacked, robbed and forced into a busy street where he was then struck by a car. He suffered serious injuries and was in a coma until he died on Oct. 13 after his family decided to remove him from life support.Continue...

For those about to rock

Since I came to Queen’s four years ago, I’ve attended about 150 concerts, both on and off campus. There are few more satisfying feelings than walking home sweaty and exhausted after a great show. Conversely, there are few things more irritating than leaving a venue covered in strange bruises and someone else’s beer with repeated shouts of “Play some Skynrd!” ringing in my ears. A few simple pointers on concert etiquette can preserve the safety, sanity, and enjoyment of everyone in attendance.Continue...

Let Ignatieff speak his mind

In August, Liberal leadership candidate Michael Ignatieff was interviewed on Radio-Canada’s Tout le monde en parle , where he discussed the war between Lebanon and Israel.

During the interview, Ignatieff said he wasn’t “losing sleep” over civilian deaths in Lebanon. The comment went largely unnoticed, but suddenly reappeared when Igatieff was interviewed on Tout le monde on Oct. 8 and asked to clarify his August comment.Continue...

Produce more, pollute more

No one would ever suggest that the Kyoto protocol is perfect, or capable of providing a cure-all solution to climate change in its current state. But it’s certainly a healthy start.Continue...

Superstition and my blue box

I’m not sure when the last time a coincidence like this has happened—our 13th issue of the year has fallen on Friday the 13th. Remarkable enough, especially for those who are superstitious. And although I don’t directly count myself as a superstitious person, there is one quality that I exhibit to a degree of superstition—and that is my role within our environment, so I was surprised to see the Journal ’s Green Supplement appearing in this issue.Continue...

Sukaina's death still a priority

In April, Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane announced that the University was opening up an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ali’s death, and that a report would be completed by the end of the summer. Six weeks after the administration’s self-imposed deadline there is still no further information.Continue...

Wait time strategy short-sighted

In an effort to cut hospital wait-times, the government is targeting five specific surgeries for increased funding: cancer care, heart operations, cataract removal, hip and knee replacement and diagnostic imaging.

The cuts are part of a federal-provincial deal established in 2004. Admittedly, the program is a good start towards recognizing the need to reduce waiting times, but in its current state the program will pose significant challenges, both immediately and in the long run.Continue...

The Thanksgiving battle

No doubt about it: as Queen’s students, we pride ourselves on our prestige. We see ourselves as intellectual individuals with class. Why then are we incapable of lining up like civilized people? For most Queen’s students, it’s that time again: luscious pumpkin pie, seasoned stuffing, and oh that tangy cranberry sauce on a slice of roasted turkey. Call it human nature, but daily Kraft dinner and shake & bake just doesn’t do it for one’s appetite (or health) after a while. Hence the annual bus battle of who gets home to the feast quickest.Continue...

Swipe needed more research

The AMS should have thought twice before starting up a program this large, for the seventh time, without sufficient financial information required to carry it through to the end.Continue...

Facebook’s not the problem

Why is it that students are beginning to feel the need to publicly announce everything that happens to them every moment of every day?Continue...

Pop politics

To borrow from the lecture of Stephen Lewis, we mustn’t forget that the trouble with the world focusing on celebrity leadership is that even though we may praise them for their effort and enerosity, perhaps we are becoming a culture that is graduallyaccepting “non-governmental organizations [as] a substitute for government interaction.”Continue...

Model Parliament's Trash

To those who lined up for Queen’s Model Parliament on Monday: what made you think it was okay to leave your garbage for other people to pick up?Continue...

The Conservative funding cuts

While these cuts may satisfy the Conservative’s vehemently anti-tax base, it
likely won’t help them to secure votes in cities or Quebec areas they’ll need if they’re hoping to win a majority next time around.Continue...

Queen’s shouldn’t pay

It’s nice to see that this year the University and the Kingston Police are continuing their spirit of cooperation and have at least agreed to sit down to rationally discuss the extra costs incurred by both sides at this year’s Homecoming. That said, the University cannot be held responsible for what happens on Aberdeen Street, and they should not be paying for any of the policing costs. Queen’s set an unfortunate precedent two years ago by their contribution, and would probably take it back now if given the opportunity.Continue...

More than just chop socky

I’ll start off by saying that I’m a huge martial arts nerd, so don’t let it surprise you that the North American release of Fearless , Jet Li’s last martial arts epic, brought a nostalgic tear to my eye—I’ll admit, I’m choking up even as I write this. I grew up with Jet Li and Jackie Chan movies, but I never truly started appreciating them until a couple of years ago.Continue...

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