Opinions Archive: 2004

Letters to the Editors

The issue of ethically produced, university-licensed apparel has long been overdue for public debate and exposure at Queen’s. Our compliments for your summary of the recent measures taken by the Dean of Student Affairs in response to the concerns of our group, Queen’s Students Against Sweatshops (QSAS), and others.Continue...

A great Canadian garage sale

A novel by Max Barry entitled Jennifer Government predicts a reality where taxes are illegal, the police and NRA are on the NASDAQ and governments can only prosecute crimes if they can send you the bill.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Although I commend Queen’s students for raising a significant amount of money ($23,500) towards cystic fibrosis, I have severe problems with the means by which this money was attained.

On Jan. 31, 2000, Ontario enacted the Safe Streets Act to prohibit squeegeeing and aggressive panhandling.Continue...

A food obsession taken too far

I’ve been a student here at Queen’s a mere two weeks and already there is a language of food I’ve noticed circulating in the cafeterias.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

’m writing in regards to the article entitled “Hate graffiti found on West Campus” in the Sept. 17 edition of the Journal .

While this was an interesting and well-written article, I am at a loss to understand why a photograph of the offending hate speech was published along with the article. By including a photograph where the hate speech and swastika are clearly visible in a publication like the Journal with such a wide reader base, that offensive message was brought into a wider arena, where more people were able to see it than probably would have, regardless of the fact that it was not dealt with for six days.Continue...

Beer merger a threat to nationalism

Founded in 1786, Molson Inc. is North America’s oldest brewery. The company has become a Canadian national icon.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Like it or not, Queen’s campus—both the physical structures as well as the institution itself—is an important and ingrained part of Kingston. Since the campus resides firmly within an important part of the city, and is surrounded by homes and businesses that belong to students and non-students alike, making the grounds accessible and enjoyable to the general community is imperative.Continue...

What did these soldiers die for?

Recently, the inauspicious milestone of one thousand American soldiers killed in Iraq was surpassed, a detail that pleads for a very legitimate and serious question to be answered by the American president: What did these soldiers die for?Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I may not have a Ph.D, but I recognize academic inanity and plain stupidity when I see it. In his letter to the editor, if one can call dozens of words spewed randomly on a paper a letter, Tim Birt suggests that I am being hypocritical because as far as he knows no conservative group has been charged under the elections gag law.Continue...

Claiming the right to eat and live well

Back in first year, my floormate Pete, a native of Salt Spring Island—that gulf island refuge for ex-hippie confirmed-yuppies out in B.C.— who grew up on the sea’s harvest, took quick exception to the Leonard cafeteria servings that were to constitute our new diet.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

How fitting that the president of the Ontario Campus Conservatives would call for Michael Moore to be charged under the Canada Elections Act for having the nerve to suggest that Canadians not support Stephen Harper’s recent election campaign. As conservatives in Canada and the U.S. have lurched to the right in recent years their in-your-face hypocrisy has become all the more appalling.Continue...

My gael was never my soul mate

Now that frosh week is up and running, those of you new to this campus—particularly the class of 2008—have undoubtedly had a chance to give it a feel. Maybe you love your frosh leaders and dream of one day participating in the same way, or maybe you’ve met your soul mate in your frosh group or a new best friend. Then again, maybe you haven’t.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

This election seems to have resulted in an unclear mandate because no party won a majority in parliament. However, it is important to remember that the overwhelming majority of Canadians voted against Stephen Harper’s radical social conservative agenda.Continue...

Head Gael asks: Frosh, how do you feel?

I know I’m not the first to say it, but welcome to Queen’s, frosh! How do you feel? Don’t worry, you can answer me later.

My name is Bri, I’m a fourth year Drama major, and I am honoured to be one of the people entrusted with the task of welcoming you to the Queen’s family.Continue...

Next stop Queen’s University

I didn’t want to go to Queen’s. My parents had both gone there, my sister and my cousin are there currently, and my boyfriend had been raised knowing he was going to Queen’s. I wanted to be different.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Whereas the food fight at Leonard Cafeteria caused heavy damage and left both students and Queen’s residence staff fuming, I do not wish to discuss the aftermath, but would like to discuss the possible causes of this food fight.Continue...

This one is definitely a keeper

It’s a new day for me and my keeper.

That’s right folks—I have joined the ranks of women who have found a new solution to the period challenge. Women, listen up. Men, you should listen too, because at some point in your life some female friend of yours is going to talk about the discomforts of menstruation.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I would like to add to this article that international undergraduate students in Applied Science were also contacted about a presentation and a discussion about the international student fees on March 16, the same day as the forum for Arts and Science.

An e-mail was sent out to inform us of the forum on March 5, which was ironically the same day as the Board of Trustees’ meeting, which, according to Ms. Knitter in this article, is where the fee increase was approved.Continue...

So I’ve graduated. So what?

It is Tuesday, May 11, 2004. I have finished my fourth and final year at Queen’s and at this very moment, I still don’t know what I’m going to be doing with the rest of my life.Continue...

Saving the rural route: a countryside in crisis

It ain’t easy to be a country girl sometimes. I’m from Watford, a little community in southwestern Ontario fettered by neither stoplight nor strip mall. My high school had fewer than 300 students and my teenage social life consisted of crop tours and shed parties.Continue...

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