Editorials Archive: 2010

Oscar the grouch

I’m not sure how I survived the Oscars.

Maybe it was the red wine and hilarious curmudgeonly commentary from my father. Twitter also helped—watching my tiny laptop screen light up with a new tweet was often much more entertaining and interesting than watching my TV set.Continue...

Posters beyond provocative

The Vagabond Theatre’s posters promoting an upcoming production of The Merchant of Venice, a play written by William Shakespeare, have come under fire for their offensive use of Nazi symbolism.Continue...

Rehab without religion

Rob Johnston, a man from Winnipeg who has struggled with alcoholism for 40 years, recently filed a complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission because he can’t find a nearby rehabilitation program that doesn’t make use of religion or spirituality, CBC News reported March 8.Continue...

Monotony, interrupted

To save anyone considering it the trouble, I’ve catalogued my day. I walk down University Ave. a lot. I go to the grocery store sometimes. I’m on friendly terms with the fish monger.Continue...

Immigrant guide incomplete

A new guide for immigrants who are applying for Canadian citizenship lacks any mention of gay rights after an editing job by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, CBC News reported on Tuesday.Continue...

SGPS should pay for a say

In the Feb. 17 and 18 referendum, the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) voted against giving $4.5 million to to Queen’s Centre project.Continue...

Olympic window shopping

With the Olympics now underway and Canadian spirit high across the nation, I got to wondering what it is about winning medals and claiming victories that brings us together as a nation more so than at any other time.Continue...

Host country not to blame

British media outlets like the Daily Mail and the Guardian are criticizing Canada for being a poor Olympic host, CBC News reported Feb. 15.Continue...

Get the Foxes straight

In their Feb. 13 coverage discussing predictions for the final Olympic torchbearer, NBC’s Today Show mixed up marathoner Terry Fox and actor Michael J. Fox, both prominent Canadians.Continue...

Meating expectations

On Dec. 31, columnist Leah McLaren published a piece in the Globe and Mail titled, “My New Year’s Resolution? No more red meat.” Underneath the headline the kicker read, “But don’t get me wrong, I have no interest in becoming a vegetarian.”Continue...

Personal life not affair game

Former Toronto mayoral candidate and current Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Chair Adam Giambrone ended his bid for office on Wednesday after it emerged he had engaged in several inappropriate relationships with younger women, the Globe and Mail reported Feb. 10.Continue...

Research helps, not harms

Recent tests run by scientists from the University of California, Berkeley show that toxins released by cigarette smoke can pose a danger when they linger on clothing and furniture, BBC News reported Feb. 9.Continue...

Scrap the CRTC

Anyone remember the “Stop the TV Tax” and “Local Television Matter” ads that flooded the airwaves and papers a few months back? While these displays have now mercifully abated, they perfectly demonstrate the inanity of Canada’s regulatory system.Continue...

Few merits to merit pay

The idea of giving merit pay to teachers is slowly gaining momentum in the United States, the Globe and Mail reported Feb. 5.

The shift toward providing outstanding educators with raises or bonuses comes as a result of U.S. President Barack Obama’s education reforms.Continue...

Same old song

Last Sunday stars brought out their stilettos, bow ties and sky-high geometric glittering headpieces to mark the 52nd annual Grammy awards. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but from what I understand this system is supposed to be in place to award and celebrate the best music of the year.Continue...

High time to lift the ban

Admiral Mike Mullen, America’s top military commander, announced in a Senate hearing that openly gay personnel should be permitted to serve in the U.S.

military, BBC News reported Feb. 2.Continue...

Women’s studies worth it

Women’s studies programs are on the outs at many Canadian universities—and for good reason, the National Post wrote in an editorial Jan. 26.

The Post’s editorial calls women’s studies programs “angry, divisive and dubious” and suggests many are changing their titles to appear less contentious.Continue...

Take Note

There are a few phrases that can mark you out as a jerk.

“Yeah man, Jersey Shore looks like such a fun time—I totally identify with “The Situation,” for example.Continue...

Team CHR has the edge

In the election for the 2010-11 AMS executive, Team Chowdhury-Hartley-Rudnicki (CHR)’s strong candidates and extensive preparation give them the edge.

The Journal’s Editorial Board voted 12-10 in favour of endorsing CHR.Continue...

A real situation

In many ways, a generation is judged by the T.V. shows it advances.The easygoing ’70s ushered in a wave of political activism, boasting shows with underlying messages like M*A*S*H. This was closely followed by the wholesome air of the ’80s, characterized by shows like Cheers and The Brady Bunch.Continue...

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