Editorials Archive: 2006

Good journalism comes at a price

It’s not often a student lectures a cop and gets away with it. But there I was, standing on the corner of Aberdeen and Johnson streets the night of the infamous “Queen’s homecoming riot” last September, pontificating on proper police conduct.Continue...

Darts and laurels 2005/06

This year revealed a gross lack of student leadership, from the ASUS jackets fiasco, Louis Plamondon’s resignation (and CAC’s ice rink debacle) along with the four other AMS senior staff resignations and the ongoing poor judgement and irresponsibility of the MCRC executive.Continue...

Hello life ... long time no see

A week ago I thought I’d be writing two more of these signed editorials next year. Now I know this will be my last one, and I’m sad and scared and a little bit angry. But I’m also excited because I’m going to have time to live, something that’s been sorely lacking in my life lately.Continue...

Harper: puppet master extraordinaire

It all began on Monday when Stephen Harper refused to allow the media to be present when children from the Canadian Cancer Society gave him daffodils in his office. Then on Tuesday, Harper held his first unannounced cabinet meeting.Continue...

Campus safety ... one year later

A year after the tragic death of Justin Schwieg, student safety is as much an issue as ever, not only off campus but also on campus. The hands-off policy followed by security at campus bars is of particular concern. The hands-off policy adhered to by the Queen’s Student Constables and Campus Security makes it difficult for them to defuse violent situations.Continue...

Re: my addiction to e-mail

Hi, my name is James, and I’m an e-mail-a-holic (all: “Hiiii James”). That’s right, I have a problem, and it’s not a habit I’m likely to kick any time soon.

I started thinking about this recently when replies to my grad school applications started coming in. Not surprisingly, Oxford turned me down in a polite and encouraging letter. McGill did the same, but in a few short lines, and by e-mail. E-mail!Continue...

Abu Ghraib is just the beginning

It has recently come to light that the abuses committed by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison were not the first instances of violence against detainees in Iraq. There is now evidence of the existence of Task Force 6-26, a special unit with secret headquarters at Baghdad International Airport called Camp Nama.Continue...

Students lose in college strike

As 9,100 Ontario college instructors, librarians and counsellors end the third week of their strike, it does not look as though the 150,000 students affected will be returning to class any time soon.Continue...

Dependable dependents

With tears running down her face, the older woman shook hands and hugged the doctor standing in the open doorway leading into the waiting room. This was a tragic and true scene in which the doctor had probably participated many times. I saw this happen while leaning against the empty reception desk and, for a brief moment, I forgot where I was. I could only wonder what had just happened to the unfortunate woman.Continue...

South Dakota sets an alarming precedent

Earlier this month, the Governor of South Dakota, Mike Rounds, signed a new law that would essentially ban all abortions in the state unless the mother’s life was is in danger. Even in cases of rape and incest, the mother’s life would have to be at serious risk before an abortion could be performed.Continue...

Grants, dialogue must accompany fee hike

Just last week the province announced its new plans for post-secondary tuition. Chris Bentley, the minister of training, colleges and universities, explained that the tuition increases will vary.Continue...

Clowning around

I hate clowns. I hate the way they look, I hate the way they dress, I hate the way they act. And I hate myself even more for saying it. But I guess if we’re being honest, the real reason I despise clowns is because they terrify me. No joke.Continue...

Golden Cockroach award a good first step

The first AMS Golden Cockroach was awarded to Phil Lam for being the worst Ghetto landlord based on nominations filed by current tenants. At the ceremony on Feb. 9, Lam’s student rental house on 288 Earl St. was highlighted as an example of the poor condition of Lam’s properties. Lam subsequently sent a letter in response to this award, calling it slanderous.Continue...

Ice rink indicative of slipping leadership

Plamondon’s resignation has called into question the need for the ice rink in the first place. With free ice time available at Jock Harty Arena, in addition to the open ice rinks at Victoria Park, City Park and the Market Square, it hardly seems like another rink needed to be constructed.Continue...

Enjoying life, guilt-free

The Beatles had more than a few famous lines in their popular songs: “All you need is love;” “I believe in yesterday;” “We all live in a yellow submarine.” Excellent lyrics, boys, but none are really ringing true for me right now. In addition to love, I need at least a steady flow of caffeine. Since I spent most of my waking hours yesterday writing a paper about anti-globalization movements in Brazil, I definitely don’t believe in yesterday. And the last time I checked, I live in a slightly ghetto house, not a yellow submarine.Continue...

Separate schools a thing of the past in Ontario

At the Conservative policy conference in Niagara Falls on Feb. 20, Ontario Conservative Party Leader John Tory reignited debate over the public funding of Catholic schools in Ontario when he introduced his 2007 election campaign “that addresses the fairness issue for independent schools.” While he did not commit to restoring the $3,500 tax credit introduced by Mike Harris to given to families who are paying for their children to attend private, religiously-affiliated schools, he did not completely discount it.Continue...

Canada’s impressive Olympic performance

Canada’s performance at the winter Olympics in Torino, Italy was impressive, with an amazing 24 medals, one shy of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s optimistic prediction.Continue...

I don’t play the ‘lame’ game

On AMS election night I was sleepily awaiting a photo op when, to everyone’s surprise, a familiar beat came bumping through the halls. At once the rhythm drew everyone to their feet, and as they sprang up to see what was the matter, I heard one bystander snarl “they’re lame girls” in reference to the male artists at hand. “Mmmbop:” that’s right kids, “Mmmbop.”Continue...

Canuck women’s hockey plays hard, but fair

The Canadian women’s hockey team has been in the media hotseat recently for its seemingly merciless performance in the Olympics in Torino, Italy. The team beat Russia in its opening game 12-0 while dominating in its games against Italy and Sweden, with final scores of 16-0 and 8-1, respectively.Continue...

Harper’s cabinet an insult to democracy

When Stephen Harper announced his cabinet on Feb. 6, no one anticipated that Liberal David Emerson would be a part of his cabinet as the Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics.Continue...

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