Editorials Archive: 2008

AMS stance brave, rash

AMS Assembly voted unanimously with one abstention last Wednesday in favour of a motion stating its opposition to Principal Karen Hitchcock’s reappointment. Her five-year term ends June 30, 2009.Continue...

We need to talk

Lately I’ve been thinking about breakups. One aspect of a breakup that can make or break how either party feels about the relationship ending is the way you deliver the news.

These days, after any unsuccessful foray into the dating world, you have endless ways to dump your significant other.Continue...

New bill taxes creativity

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has put forward a bill aiming to monitor the morality of Canada’s television and film industry. Bill C-10 is before the Senate and if passed will change Canada’s income tax laws regarding Canadian-content productions that qualify for tax credits.Continue...

Digging the hole deeper

When the University unveiled plans for the Queen’s Centre in 2004, it budgeted $230 million for its construction. Phase One was supposed to csot $124 million, Phase Two $83 million and Phase Three $23 million.Continue...

A modest proposal

I remember in high school when, too tired to go to class, I would show up two minutes before the period was over with an I-missed-my-bus excuse. The teacher never believed me—perhaps unsurprisingly seeing as I’m from Toronto, where ‘missing a bus’ on most routes adds about five minutes to the travelling time.Continue...

Prioritize academics

A key point in AMS executive-elect Radcliffe-Wang-St. Clair’s campaign platform was their plan to diversify the academic realm by creating new departments such as Middle Eastern studies, aboriginal studies and African studies.Continue...

Lovelace ruling unjust

Justice Douglas Cunningham sentenced Queen’s professor Bob Lovelace to six months in prison in a Feb. 15 ruling, instructing him to pay a $25,000 fine after finding him guilty of contempt of court. The charges stem from Lovelace’s failure to obey a court injunction ordering him to cease protesting Frontenac Ventures’ uranium exploration. The proposed site, near Sharbot Lake, is claimed by the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation.Continue...

Travelling through time

In many ways, the world is a divided place and finding common ground with a complete stranger is an occasional privilege. If there’s one thing that unites so many of us, it’s the unshakable fear that comes with getting your headshot taken.Continue...

How to bug Americans

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to expand the government’s spy powers and offer legal protection to telecom companies that co-operated with President George W. Bush in wiretapping phone lines without warrant following the events of 9/11.Continue...

AMS musical chairs

AMS executive-elect Talia Radcliffe, Ken Wang and Stephanie St. Clair announced their new council Sunday. Seven of the body’s eight positions are filled: the media director application period was extended to yesterday due to a lack of complete applications.

Ken Wang said the early hiring’s meant to allow for a more complete transition— logical reasoning when half the council ended up with jobs they didn’t actually apply for.Continue...

The truth is ugly

In last Friday’s issue of the Journal, the paper was criticized for its editorial handling of the debate over black-focused schools—the Feb. 5 talking heads section conspicuously failed to ask the opinions of any black students—and for misrepresenting two high-profile incidents of on-campus racism as the only incidents of racism at Queen’s this year. In that same issue, the Journal offered criticism of its own, in an editorial condemning the University’s decision not to reveal the actual content of the racist messages scrawled on two posters found on-campus this month.Continue...

Creativity not welcome

A Grade 12 Brampton student at Heart Lake Secondary School is facing an uncertain academic future after submitting a creative writing essay that depicted a student killing her teacher.Continue...

Hitchcock strikes out

Principal Karen Hitchcock released her response to the Athletics Review last Thursday, following more than seven months of consultation with students and other invested parties.Continue...

Microblogging 101

A recent web toy has arrived to suit our 30-second attention spans. To my delight, it comes dressed in glossy colours reminiscent of the slickest digital art.

It’s also aptly named after our aural apprehension of birds.Continue...

Tight lips sink ships, too

Last week, two incidents of racism were reported after Queen’s students turned in posters vandalized with racist messages and signed by stormfront.org, a white supremacist Internet group.Continue...

A sheepish confession

They say you can tell if someone’s a genius from early on. If that’s the case, I’m a little bit worried about my own genius—let me tell you a story from my childhood.

One day in kindergarten, my teacher asked us to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up.

Being an ambitious little bunch, my classmates drew all kinds of cool pictures envisioning their bright future—doctor, astronaut, flight attendant—you name it, they drew it.Continue...

Out of date to segregate

Last Tuesday night, Toronto District School Board trustees voted 11 to nine in favour of opening an Afrocentric school that would aim to curb the 40 per cent drop-out rate among the city’s black teenagers.Continue...

We feel so hoodwinked

AMS Vice-President (University Affairs) Julia Mitchell is conducting an audit of Orientation Round Table (ORT) spending following allegations of financial mismanagement by this year’s ORT Co-ordinator Ryan Shoemaker.Continue...

The campus connection

In my opinion, it’s pretty indicative of the place sports—particularly those of the Queen’s variety—hold on this campus. To be fair, my own feelings in first year weren’t all that different. I went to many Gaels’ hockey games, lured by the promise of a former NHL star as head coach but somehow managed to avoid caring too much about the rest of the campus teams.Continue...

Time to lose the rhetoric

Thursday morning’s AMS election results brought new meaning to the democratic mantra “every vote counts.” Team Radcliffe-Wang-St.Clair became next year’s AMS executive when the ballot recount ended shortly before 7 a.m.Continue...

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