Editorials Archive: 2009

Cycling the hard road

The accident last week that killed a Toronto bicycle courier and put former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant’s career and reputation on the line has unleashed a firestorm of opinions about cyclists and motorists in Ontario.

I don’t want to talk about that event specifically; more about the relationship between these two groups in general.Continue...

GPA scale cuts the edge

In May 2011, Queen’s will implement a grade point average (GPA) system in addition to the existing letter grade system on student transcripts.

According to the Senate Committee on Academic Procedures, which proposed the change, 95 per cent of North American universities currently follow the GPA system.Continue...

BPA means buyers, beware

Sigg aluminum water bottles manufactured before 2008 have been found to contain small amounts of bisphenol-A (BPA), the Globe and Mail reported Sept. 3.

BPA is a potentially harmful carcinogen used to harden plastic—and the reason many people turned to aluminum water bottles in the first place.Continue...

All in the image

I received an e-mail from a friend the other day who offered me an interesting piece of advice.

I had been telling her about a summer program in creative writing I’m participating in, and had expressed my anxiety about standing out in the crowd as the juvenile writer à la My Girl in a class of mature students.Continue...

Compliance not opt-outable

Members of a dissenting Hutterite community in northern Alberta who object to having driver’s licence pictures taken on religious grounds have been overruled, CBC News reported July 24.

The decision was reached after a four to three vote in the Supreme Court of Canada.Continue...

Obama spoke too soon

United States President Barack Obama said he regrets the language he used to comment on the issue of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s arrest, the New York Times reported July 25.

Gates, a professor at Harvard University of African-American descent, was arrested for disorderly conduct July 16 by police at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Continue...

Summer school musings

Think back. Think way back to high school. It’s May, it’s 20 degrees outside and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. It’s a perfect day to relax outside and maybe attempt to get that elusive tan, right?

There’s a catch, though: you have an essay due the next day.Continue...

Striking not the answer

At time of press, the City of Toronto was one day away from a possible strike that would see at least 24,000 indoor and outdoor city workers represented by two locals of the Canadian Union of Public Employees walk off the job as of 12:01 a.m. yesterday. They include garbage collectors, daycare employees, paramedics and parks and recreation staff.Continue...

Firing intern hypocritical

Matt McCann, an intern at the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, was fired in May after writing a story about staff at the University of New Brunswick upset at giving Premier Shawn Graham an honourary degree, CBC News reported June 5.Continue...

A lament on language

A mere four hours east of Kingston on the 401 takes you to a wonderful and, unfortunately for most Canadians, rather foreign place. I am enjoying the beginning of my summer in the beautiful province of Québec, specifically in a medium-sized village named Chicoutimi, about 300 km north of Québec City.Continue...

Admissions balance is better

U.S. student applications to Canadian universities are on the rise, the Globe and Mail reported May 18. In hard economic times, the lower cost of a Canadian education is luring more American students to schools north of the borderContinue...

Preserve art for art’s sake

The Toronto District School Board is storing a stash of valuable Canadian art in a secret vault, the Toronto Star reported May 15.

The art collection, which includes works by Tom Thomson and Emily Carr, is estimated to be worth $7 million.Continue...

Time to lighten up

Although I’m often discouraged when I read newspaper headlines, this week was an exception.Continue...

Darts and laurels 2008-09

Dean of Student Affairs Jason Laker: Laker’s botched interviews defending the intergroup dialogue program, attempt to visit Herstmonceux Castle on student money and mishandling of ethical purchasing show he’s unfit to represent students—and that’s just what he got up to this year.Continue...

A sure shot?

Three weeks ago, like many other Queen’s students, I lined up to be immunized against the mumps.Continue...

Apparel lie lets us down

Last week, Queen’s No Sweat obtained documents showing that not all pieces of Queen’s Athletics apparel are made in Canada, contrary to the University’s claim when it signed a contract with adidas in September.Continue...

Food fight foolish, not fun

On Mar. 17, St. Patrick’s Day, some students participated in a food fight in Leonard cafeteria.Continue...

A brand-name school

It’s 2:26 a.m. and I’m sitting, red-eyed and sleep-deprived, in front of a fluorescent monitor, typing out the last words of what is to be my final editorial for the Journal.Continue...

No-tuition model too elitist

Columnist Heather Mallick proposed abolishing tuition fees to keep university enrolment down in a CBC News analysis and viewpoint article Feb. 27.Continue...

Coke contract a grey area

Queen’s exclusivity agreement with Coca-Cola ends next August, when the University can either re-sign with Coke or seek a new contract with another cold beverage company.Continue...

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