Editorials Archive: 2009

Companies must compensate

The province of Ontario plans to launch a $50-billion lawsuit against large-scale tobacco companies, CBC News reported Sept. 29.

Ontario government officials aim to recover funds equivalent to what the province claims it has spent on health-care costs related to smoking over the past 50 years.Continue...

Tufts’ sex policy patronizing

New rules at Tufts University in Boston officially ban students from having sex inside dorm rooms while their roommates are present, CNN reported Sept. 29.

The policy, printed in this year’s student handbook, also calls for an end to “sexiling”—the act of casting one roommate out so the other can secure privacy to engage in sexual activity.Continue...

A birthday wish

Today’s my 21st birthday and I’m feeling a little nostalgic.

Since coming to Queen’s, I’ve spent my last three birthdays here and I’ve learned a few things from each of them.Continue...

An election’s extraneous

Once again, Canada’s government is facing the possibility of a fall election. After two federal elections since 2006, the song and dance of federal elections in Canada is getting old.

Harper is using multi-elections to his advantage, and indulging in a power trip with the knowledge there’s nobody else to challenge him.Continue...

HPV shot’s in the dark

This week in Coventry, U.K. 14-year-old Natalie Morton died a few hours after receiving a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus known to cause cervical cancer, the Globe and Mail reported Sept. 29.Continue...

A step in the right direction

The Aberdeen Street party came and went with a few arrests, some broken bottles and horse droppings galore.

What was a street party in previous years became a lawn-and-sidewalk party this year, with the street reserved for police cars and the occasional officer on horseback.Continue...

These pixels aren’t perfect

Airbrushed photos of magazine models might not keep their seamless perfection for long if a group of British and French lawmakers have their way, the New York Times reported Sept. 28.

The group is proposing magazine advertisements with retouched pictures of models should carry a disclaimer stating exactly what has been altered in the creation of the image.Continue...

Protection’s worth the price

Former American President George W. Bush’s new career initiative as a speaker-for-hire will bring him to Canadian cities frequently with a hefty security bill in tow, the Globe and Mail reported Sept. 26.

Bush’s speaking gigs north of the border are estimated to cost Canadian taxpayers over $500,000 this year.Continue...

Maybe a ham, not a coconut

This summer, someone called me a coconut, or brown on the outside and white on the inside. It pissed me off.

What does it mean to be a “coconut”?Continue...

Taxi trouble unreasonable

Montreal taxi driver Arieh Perecowicz will head to municipal court next week to fight for his freedom of expression after being instructed to remove several small personal artifacts from his taxicab, the Globe and Mail reported Sept. 22. The artifacts included photos of Perecowicz’s family, a Remembrance Day poppy and two small Jewish prayer scrolls.Continue...

Avoid Aberdeen, already

Last year Principal Tom Williams officially cancelled Homecoming, but that hasn’t stopped the Queen’s community from speculating if the dangerous and unsanctioned Aberdeen Street party will rear its ugly head again this weekend. The City of Kingston has elected not to close Aberdeen Street as they have in the past, and Queen’s Red Hat volunteers will no longer be present. Police forces will be in the area to protect community safety and provide crowd control.Continue...

Time travel, news style

Okay, I have a nerdy confession to make.

As a kid, my favourite movie was Back to the Future and it wasn’t because of Michael J. Fox’s gosh darn cute looks or Christopher Lloyd as zany Doc Brown.Continue...

Uncover suicide coverage

A law student at the University of Ottawa recently jumped to his death from the fifteenth floor of a residence building, the Globe and Mail reported Sept. 19.

Globe columnist André Picard cites media coverage of this young student’s death as an example of the tough ethical choice facing journalists responsible for covering suicides in the news.Continue...

Take pressure off professors

In her Sept. 21 opinion piece “Want to know why professors don’t teach?” Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente argues university professors are less concerned with educating undergraduates than increasing their volume of published work, regardless of who reads it.Continue...

Living on a beer budget

Let’s face it: student lifestyles are heavily influenced by the negative income we earn. Our net worthlessness makes beer, Kraft Dinner, wing nights, Thursdays at Ale, Fridays at Alfie’s and all-you-can-eat sushi Tuesdays a part of our culture. We are a group of cheap, hungry, boisterous consumers.Continue...

The ugly side of Twitter

Hip-hop vocalist and producer Kanye West took actions that threaten to make him a symbol of the racial divide between blacks and whites, Media Assassin reported Sept. 14.

At the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony last Sunday, West interrupted young female country star Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for the “Best Female Video” award.Continue...

All set for the swine flu

Canadian embassies abroad are stockpiling stores of antiviral drugs to combat the anticipated surge in cases of H1N1 influenza, the Toronto Star reported Sept. 12.

The Canadian federal government plans to buy 1,750 doses of the inhalable drug Relenza to add to the doses of Tamiflu already stockpiled.Continue...

#BigBrother

Last April, I jumped on the bandwagon and signed up for a Twitter account. My first tweet? “I am eating pie in bed. Is this what ‘news’ has come to?” Apparently so—but according to some, I was voluntarily diminishing my vocabulary because of “impatience with more complicated modes of discourse” and succumbing to “thought control” at the hands of a criminal mastermind based in California.Continue...

Social media can be classy

The use of social media in the classroom is on the rise at Queen’s. Outlets like Twitter, Facebook, iTunes podcasts and YouTube videos are being invited into lecture halls and used as innovative ways to teach class material. Sidney Eve Matrix’s FILM 240 class is among the pioneers of these new classroom methods.Continue...

School cameras eye-opening

Stockwell Park High School in South London, England has installed close to 100 video cameras to monitor student conduct, the Daily Mail reported July 21.

CCTV cameras were placed in classrooms, hallways and common areas in an extensive network that will cost the school £60,000 per year.Continue...

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