Editorials Archive: 2010

Dictionary ban sensational

The Menifee Union School District in Southern California has banned the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the Toronto Star reported Jan. 26.

The ban was put into place after a parent complained about the entry “oral sex.”Continue...

PETA assault isn’t activism

Liberal Member of Parliament Gerry Byrne of Newfoundland and Labrador wants the federal government to investigate an unusual question of terrorism, the Globe and Mail reported Jan. 26.

Byrne has suggested that the pie thrown at Fisheries Minister Gail Shea during a speech she delivered in Burlington on Monday constitutes an act of terrorism on the part of PETA, the animal rights group that has claimed responsibility for the tofu-cream pie toss.Continue...

Time to ponder

As I drove towards the train station in Ottawa on Sunday, coming back to Kingston after a brief stint at home, my dad asked me how my search for summer jobs was going, reminding me that summer was a mere three months away.Continue...

On board for Times change

The New York Times announced Wednesday it plans to begin charging readers for access to online news content, the Toronto Star reported Jan. 21.

The Times plans to implement a metered system, allowing readers to see a limited number of articles for free before charging for any additional browsing.Continue...

Assembly loses a win-win

During AMS Assembly on Jan. 21, a majority voted against a motion proposing that the Society donate $0.10 to relief efforts in Haiti for each ballot cast in the upcoming AMS executive elections.Continue...

Time to ponder

As I drove towards the train station in Ottawa on Sunday, coming back to Kingston after a brief stint at home, my dad asked me how my search for summer jobs was going, reminding me that summer was a mere three months away. He then asked me how my search for a Masters program was going, reminding me that my last application is due in a few weeks.Continue...

Give Twitter a chance

It seems like every week we’re reminded of Twitter’s ever-growing relevance to the way we communicate, and usually in the same breath as how distracted and numb it’s making its users.

From the 2008 Mumbai attacks to the first photo of US Airways Flight 1549’s landing in the Hudson River last year, Twitter has become a big part of the news media.Continue...

For Haiti, aid’s not over

The recent earthquake in Haiti isn’t the only major dilemma facing the ailing country, CBC News reported Jan. 18.

In an opinion piece, columnist Brian Stewart argues Haiti has long been ravaged by disorder and government corruption, and the earthquake’s aftermath is only the tip of a deep and troubling iceberg.Continue...

ASUS equity role disappoints

The Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS)’s first Equity Commissioner, Sarah Jacobs, resigned from her position at the Dec. 3 ASUS assembly.

The position was created last winter to encourage education on equity and diversity issues within the Faculty of Arts and Science.Continue...

Starting from scratch

I was first introduced to the concept of a niche in Grade 9 science.

Ecologically speaking, a niche is an organism’s role in the natural environment that makes use of its strengths. This definition can be adapted to and applied in our society as well, such as in the school environment.Continue...

Housing guide delivers

This month, the AMS Municipal Affairs Commission (MAC) posted a new online housing guide to aid Queen’s students with the house-hunting process.

One of executive Team CYZ’s six campaign promises, the guide outlines strategies on things like choosing housemates, viewing properties and signing leases.Continue...

Call it multi-tasking

Pedestrians are increasingly sustaining injuries as a result of talking or texting on cell phones while walking, the New York Times reported Jan. 17.

Those who chat and text while walking often experience minor injuries like sprained ankles or bruises from bumping into stationary objects like poles or parked cars.Continue...

Opinions, anyone?

My involvement with the Journal over the past three years has taught me a lot.

For starters, no matter how hard you try to write the perfect article, there is always bound to be someone who’s got a problem with it.Continue...

No hidden agenda in Avatar

Recent reactions to James Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar have ranged from awestruck enthusiasm to accusations of a racist subtext, the Toronto Star reported Jan. 12.

Viewers who criticize the film as being racist take issue with the fact that Avatar portrays the blue-skinned Na’vi people needing the assistance of a white soldier in order to save their planet from having its resources exploited.Continue...

Airport security ineffective

Transport Canada has warned airlines and airports to operate on “high alert” following the Dec. 25 attempted bombing aboard a Northwest Airlines flight, the Globe and Mail reported Jan. 12. The reminder to be vigorous with screening measures comes as a result of concerns that more terrorists trained in Yemen may be headed to North America.Continue...

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