Opinions Archive: 2005

Turn that AC down

Call me cynical if you must, but sometimes it seems that credit is given where no credit is due. Now that the brief electricity crisis caused by the recent heat wave seems to have ended, the powers that be are patting themselves on the back for their suggestions to help Ontario residents lower their energy consumption. Yet the importance of this official advice has been grossly exaggerated.Continue...

Where’s the transgender washroom?

You may have walked by it on your way to the First Aid office or when you were checking your Student Constable work schedule. Maybe you passed by it on your way to Studio Q or you noticed that unlabelled doorway when you travelled down the JDUC hallway to use the—ahem!—facilities.Continue...

In other words: Ups and downs of summer

With the realization that one half of our summer holidays are behind us, an unsettling question presents itself. What have we done with all of the time?

Each of us has our own answers. Some have been overemployed, trying to hold down two or more part-time jobs. Others have held down full-time positions, taken courses, and others have done a bit of each. Unfortunately, some have spent this long simply looking for a job.Continue...

Racial profiling no surprise

I woke up on May 27 to the CBC playing on my alarm clock. The morning news was carrying a breaking story: Kingston police had collected statistics on racial demographics and found that black people were 3.7 times more likely to be pulled over and questioned than white people.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"The Queen’s Apprentice, an ambitious eight-week event that received little support from our student governments and fought an initial wave of general disbelief, wrapped up their act on March 23 at Clark Hall Pub. Surprise plot twists and character-driven contestants fought all the way until the very last one could finally hear the words “you’re hired.” Coming down to an intense final fight between an overly ambitious commerce student and a self-depreciating Mr. Nice Guy, the crowd at Clark was relentlessly going nuts."Continue...

Happily without a religion

"A frank discussion of religion always leaves me with a sensation I can only equate with a stomach ulcer. As a person who subscribes to no faith in particular, I am often in awe—and dread—of the devout practices of the seriously pious."Continue...

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