Editorials Archive: 2007

The Colbert presidential report

Stephen Colbert’s running will definitely be a source of entertainment; whether Colbert’s pop-culture status translates into significant political impact won’t be determined until the votes are in.Continue...

Battlestar vs. religion

"Believe in one true god and … don’t worship false idols.”

No, this phrase is actually from a science-fiction television show. Battlestar Galactica (BSG) follows the last of the human race as they try to escape the Cylons (fanatical robots with a grudge) and find a new planet on which to settle down. However, as you enter the second season, the religious undertone starts to become much more obvious.Continue...

Safe-sex measures arouse debate

Hundreds of Queen’s students are getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), but the parents of many Grade 8 girls, the provincial government’s target population, aren’t so sure. The vaccine has caused a stir in recent months as provincial governments such as Ontario have announced universal immunization programs. Although its long-term effects are unknown, it’s obvious that the vaccine’s short-term effects include public outcries against its social implications. Some have protested Gardasil’s young target population, saying that’s too young to get a vaccine that protects against STDs.Continue...

Leaving another hole in the Ghetto

Coffee & Company, the beloved community coffee shop at the corner of Johnson and Division streets, closed its doors for the last time this past Friday.Continue...

Respect just a little bit

TSN hockey commentator Gord Miller was thrust into a bigger limelight than usual Saturday. The Toronto Star revealed Miller sent an e-mail to National Hockey League Vice-President Bill Daly outlining the movement to oust Ted Saskin as the head of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.Continue...

The ABCs of Canadian universities

Earlier this week, the Globe and Mail released its annual survey of Canadian universities, giving them letter grades in a variety of categories ranging from convenience of class scheduling to library hours of operation.Continue...

Newspapers have riot over Aberdeen

Compared to years past, Homecoming 2007 could be labelled a success. There were fewer arrests, fewer injuries and no cars were flipped. There seemed to be an air of tension leading up to the event, and the attitude around campus seemed to be that this year could turn ugly.Continue...

What would Don Rogers do?

This past Saturday night, I had the pleasure of spending a few hours amongst the shouting drunkards, the thrown ’bows, and the anonymous, groping fingers that make up so much of the Aberdeen crowd. Surrounded by approximately 250 Kingston, Toronto and OPP police officers, hundreds (perhaps thousands) of people openly taunted the law by drinking alcohol in public or smoking weed. And yet the general feeling then, and in much of the coverage that followed, was that something was missing.Continue...

The camera loves RCMP officers

This past Canada Day a group of 20 or so young party-goers were waiting at a University of British Columbia bus stop when a police car approached the group of youths, some of whom were holding open alcohol containers. The seemingly standard interaction soon became headline-worthy as the cops posed for photos with several young women in suggestive photos recently sent to the school’s newspaper, The Ubyssey.Continue...

Gore’s efforts aren’t Nobel enough

Although climate change as a world issue is deserving of the attention this will bring it, the inconvenient truth about this award is simple: Gore wasn’t the worthiest candidate and the award should have gone to a real advocate for change—not an environmental celebrity.Continue...

Press play, sit back and take notes

During the first week of school, still shopping around for courses, I tested out a mid-week, three-hour afternoon lecture. The course material seemed interesting enough, but I knew walking into the room that it would have to be nothing short of riveting and presented in an engaging way if I were going to survive that lengthy slot.Continue...

The results are in, and they’re ugly

Wednesday night’s provincial election results gave Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals another majority government despite garnering only 42.2 per cent of the vote. In Kingston and the Islands, incumbent Liberal MPP John Gerretsen received 47.2 per cent of the vote to keep his seat and continue his 12-year presence in politics.Continue...

Weekend plans too little too late

Homecoming 2007 starts today and as thousands of Queen’s students and alumni venture out into the streets this weekend, there’s little doubt that the next 48 hours will see its share of confrontations, glass-punctured feet and overall disobedience.Continue...

Rhymes with moat

Guess what day it is tomorrow.

If you guessed “Wednesday,” let me congratulate you for knowing your days of the week.

But tomorrow is also Ontario’s provincial election—you know, where we vote for the people we want to govern this province for the next four years.

Or where we don’t vote.Continue...

We should be down with Downes

In tomorrow’s provincial election and referendum, Kingstonians will cast their votes to decide which of the six Kingston and the Islands candidates will represent their constituency.Continue...

Cast your ballot for change

If adopted, MMP would certainly improve upon the shortcomings of Ontario’s current system.Continue...

No whispering of sweet nothings

Despite my unconditional love for the Journal, there’s been many a late night when I’ve secretly cursed the grueling hours required by this job because of the hours spent away from my friends, my favourite sports and—arguably most importantly—my bed.Continue...

An opressive silent treatment

The Asian country of Myanmar, formerly Burma, has been under military rule for 45 years, and, since mid-August, has been facing its most violent anti-junta uprising yet after the government further increased gas prices. After protestors garnered the support of Myanmar’s much-revered monk population, the demonstrations gained momentum and became increasingly volatile in the past week.Continue...

Aberdeen could crash and burn

With Homecoming less than two weeks away, the parties involved in keeping the weekend’s damage to a minimum are still scrambling to solidify plans to keep the weekend from escalating in the mayhem of Homecoming 2005. Tonight, city councillors vote on whether to close Aberdeen Street for next Saturday night.Continue...

English as a second option

It’s been almost three weeks since the incoming ArtSci ’11 students have been taunted by the Frosh Week chants telling them they’re doomed to work at McDonald’s. Three years ago, I was one of the frosh hearing those chants, but today I would like to tell those frosh they will never have to ask, “Would you like fries with that?”Continue...

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