Opinions Archive: 2006

Fair trade campus brews piping hot debate

It’s a startling and difficult process to comprehend the level of interdependence at which we as individuals exist in the world today. Yet it is ever increasing, which is precisely why the issue of fair trade is pressing now, more than ever.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

The editorial staff at the Queen’s Journal are either conservative or cowards. Nothing else explains their ridiculous editorial of March 16 (sic.) in which they advocate a further increase in tuition fees. Either your editorial staff supports the increased privatized financing of post-secondary education (a conservative position) or it lacks the courage to take a principled and clear stand against increased tuition fees (a cowardly position).Continue...

Muslims target of string of incidents at U of T

While Queen’s was involved with Eracism Week, things of an entirely different nature were occurring at the University of Toronto.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I recently attended the Jon Elmer talk about the Gaza disengagement and was deeply troubled by what I heard. Throughout the speech, Jon Elmer engaged in generalizations about Jews and Israelis, asserting that “all Jews and Israelis want an eternal and undivided Jerusalem.”Continue...

Shaving it off to understand and fill a void

I don’t quite remember when I decided to shave my head. I just remember talking about it non-stop during the months prior to Cuts for Cancer, aggravating more than one floormate. The way I saw it, if I could convince everyone around me that I could do it, then I would no longer have the option of chickening out (pride can be quite the tool).Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I have asked the question of some newspapers and will ask it again in case anyone has an answer: why was it seen that Dudley George had to die?Continue...

Students shy away from Aboriginal affairs

Aboriginal people continue to be amongst the most marginalized populations in Canadian society. Land claims are still being disputed. Aboriginal people who live on reserves and in isolated communities often experience inadequate provision of essential services and lack opportunities for economic development. Aboriginal people are greatly overrepresented in prisons.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

One of the most intriguing things about the fallout from the cartoon riots is the fact that both sides of the argument have highlighted the fact that these are depictions of the Prophet Mohammed and that, regardless of intention, it is Islamically impermissible to draw pictures of him.Continue...

Team USA lacked sportsmanship at Torino

Following Team USA’s loss in the quarterfinals of Olympic men’s hockey, forward Mike Modano had some choice words for the top administrators of USA hockey. Although Modano has since apologized for the “tone” of his diatribe, the fact is, he came across as a sore loser—to a global audience, no less.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

It was a typical Thursday night: bodies were sweating around me, liquid was flowing down my throat, music was playing in my ears.

When she walked in, I assumed that she had gotten lost on her way to Stages. But, as the minutes passed, I realized she was there to stay. Then a few other girls came in. I thought that they might have taken a wrong turn on their way to Stages too, but they did not leave either.Continue...

Torino 2006: does anyone really care?

A lot of us watch the winter Olympics, whether to avoid midterms or to see how well Bode Miller can ski with a hangover. But with a few events that are exceptions, is our interest anything more than superficial?Continue...

Letters to the Editors

In your Feb. 7 issue, a letter to the editor expressed the need for Queen’s to “buy local” food produce and in general to take a positive environmental stance. We would like to draw your attention to positive steps that many students have, and continue to make, in order to build a cleaner, more environmentally friendly and safer student living area.Continue...

Accepting existing diversity key to improvement

I come from many places. I was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and grew up in Jeddah and Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, after which my family moved to Buckingham, England, and later, Toronto. So when I arrived in Kingston in my first year, I, like most Torontonians, was struck by the relative lack of diversity on campus.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I would hope (though I dare not expect) that the student leaders of the AMS recognize their own attitudes in the uproar over the Mohammed caricatures. As the Globe and Mail editorial stated on the subject: “The right to free expression is worth nothing unless it includes the right to offend. For dialogue and debate to flourish, citizens must be allowed the maximum freedom to say what is on their minds, even if it is provocative, insulting, inflammatory or, yes, blasphemous. The protesters betray a fundamental misunderstanding of how free societies work.” So do the leaders of the AMS, who have still not rescinded Motion 14, a censorship motion grounded on perceptions of offense. The leaders of the future? Let us all hope not.Continue...

Freedom of speech no justification for cartoons

Often ironic and satirical in tone, cartoons have long served as a medium for critique and commentary, sometimes with devastating effects.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Looking through the letters to the editors in the Feb. 3 edition, I found Cory Bloor had decided that he would write a hollow, rhetorical letter to take a shot at fair trade. Under the auspices of fairness (how ironic!), Bloor makes sweeping and unsubstantiated claims about the rights of Queen’s students. Confusion set in as it became obvious that Bloor had not done any research into the topic of fair trade, yet manages to decide that Queen’s students would be getting a raw deal. This lack of research seems to be the root cause of his skewing of the definition of “fairness.”Continue...

Hamas holds appeal in face of Fatah’s corruption

As I sat in the back of a taxi headed west on an Ottawa freeway on Saturday, my friends and I discussed the recent electoral success of Hamas with our Palestinian driver.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

The other day I sat in class, admittedly uninterested in the spiel being delivered by a pair of wide-eyed candidates for the ASUS exec. The pair consisted of a guy and a girl. The former was running for vice-president and the latter for president. When this information was presented, a fellow classmate turned around to his buddy and made a whooshing sound like the cracking of a whip. Some people laughed, obviously disregarding the implications of that simple sound. That sound embodies something that has gone on in the past and still isn’t over: sexism.Continue...

Will you be voting HML, HPR, MBT or SHT?

With the annual AMS executive campaign entering the home stretch, students across campus are choosing which team they will support on Feb. 7 and 8.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

After being involved with ASUS for two years, I was very disappointed to walk into Ontario Hall on Jan. 23 and find that a poster for the ASUS movie theatre’s upcoming show (placed two hours before) had been covered completely by two posters for Max Rubin and Lisa Jorgensen’s ASUS election campaignContinue...

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