Opinions Archive: 2007

Letters to the Editors

"Mr. Tedjo admits his 'view on the subject [of Virginia Tech] can change with [his] mood'—and how lucky we are to be privy to his mood swings. He initially proposes that, since “we have had memorials” and 'we have had discussions,' we need to have action. Yet the statement, 'doing something for the sake of action is not the answer' qualifies even this apparent call for action. These quotations are indicative of Mr. Tedjo’s complete inability to form, much less argue, an opinion, ironic for someone headlining the 'Opinions' page."Continue...

Rethink mandatory HIV testing

A lot has changed since the early days of the HIV epidemic and the heydays of AIDS activism. Today we know a lot more about how the bug takes out the immune system of infected people. We also manage to keep most people with HIV infections alive for many years, thanks to medication that has been developed during the last 10 to 15 years.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"B. Shiva Mayer’s opinion piece on the “ineffectiveness” of the SGPS is flat out wrong. He might have recognized that if he turned back from his article to page 3 of the April 5 Journal describing the task force on the needs of Muslim students that the SGPS participated in through its membership in the Canadian Federation of Students (Ontario), and brought to Queen’s," says former SGPS VP (external) Andrew Sadler.Continue...

Virginia Tech: an irreconcilable truth

Like many who have thought about the tragic events that occurred at [Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University], I have mixed feelings. It seems my view on the subject can change with my mood, and I think this has a lot to do with the fact that many of us are still unsure of what to think about the tragedy.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Regardless of the causes of global warming, the chief suspect—fossil fuel burning—cannot be dismissed as a harmless industrial venture. It’s unfortunate that arguments about global warming have distracted us from the more imminent realities of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are a limited resource and not a sustainable source of energy. The burning of fossil fuels severely threatens the respiratory health of billions worldwide.Continue...

Challenging the ‘culture of whiteness’

My family and I were new to Canada when it was time for me to apply to university, so we asked a more experienced relative for advice. He recommended McGill and the University of Toronto. Where I grew up in the Middle East, these two schools were renowned for their international reputations and vast resources. When I mentioned Queen’s, which I had only briefly visited one summer, he was firmly against the thought of even applying. This was a university for white people, he put it bluntly, and I would probably be more comfortable somewhere else.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

It is humorous but disgraceful for the AMS to award the Golden Cockroach Award to Phil Lam. Indeed, doesn’t the real problem lie with the housing minister, our own Kingston and the Islands MPP John Gerretsen and the government in which he serves?Continue...

The Great Global Warming Swindle

The epic global warming debate is too politicized, evoking a climate of fear and false premises. Hardly a day goes by without the declaration that our propensity to burn fossil fuels has resulted in the Earth’s heating.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"It’s inaccurate to say that 'After retiring this year, Logan asked Greenblatt to come and speak at Queen’s in his honour.' In addition to making me sound pretty vain, this sentence takes the credit for
Professor Greenblatt’s wonderful visit to Queen’s away from the person to whom the credit really belongs: Professor Patricia Rae, head of the English department," says Professor George Logan.Continue...

Will Queen’s history be lost?

"The past should be modified to fit the future and the University’s character can change for the better with the construction of the Queen’s Centre. The destruction of the buildings between Union and Division streets represents the obliteration of the tradition, but it is a necessary one for the sake of progress," says Celine Song, ArtSci '10.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"This letter is written on behalf of the Studio Q executive committee for 2006-07.

Based on the Journal ’s editorial, it’s evident the Journal has neither watched our show, nor has any clear idea of what Studio Q actually does," writes outgoing Studio Q executive producer Tristan Moran.Continue...

Why are we in Afghanistan?

Today, approximately 2,500 Canadian soldiers serving under a NATO-led mission in the volatile Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan sombrely await a violent Taliban spring offensive to burst forth with the ferocity of a river engorged with the winter’s melt.

The impetus that keeps them there today is not that which sent them in the first place. ...Continue...

Letters to the Editors

"Congratulations to Yoni Levitan for saying what has already been said (several times) in other letters
to the Journal . The Other Campaign should have run for office, they should have run referendum questions, and they should have worked with the AMS.

It’s easy to complain; it’s hard to “step up” and run for office. The first meeting of the Other Campaign occurred after the referendum period, at the beginning of the election period, but according to Levitan, the people who were to become Other Campaign members should have known to run an AMS campaign on behalf of a group that didn’t exist yet. What were we thinking?"Continue...

No longer doomed to clash

The good news is that many people don’t think that Islamic and Western countries are doomed to clash. According to a recent BBC World Service poll taken by the reputable Toronto-based firm GlobeScan, an overall majority of respondents living in 27 countries said there was no inherent incompatibility, and hence no inevitable clash of civilizations, between Islam and the West.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

How ignorant does the Journal think the Multicultural Festival Committee is? There are problems with our campaign and we are working to improve our ads, but in the limited time we have, we cannot address all the issues surrounding such an ambiguous concept like “multiculturalism.” No Caucasian person has taken interest in our committee, demonstrating that the term multiculturalism is commonly accepted as involving minorities only.Continue...

Looking beyond coffee

University students are reported to drink an average of three cups of coffee daily.

Given this statistic, it’s perhaps unsurprising that interest in the fair trade movement on campuses
across Canada has focused on coffee. Students have increasingly come to demand a fair trade
certified coffee product.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Ah, the age old gender double standard. Time and time again it sparks debate and controversy—tale as old as time really. I find it quite the predicament now that it is overshadowing the amazing production that I was able to be a part of this year, that being The Vagina Monologues . Yes it’s true one of our directors has a penis—and now the Journal won’t let me forget it.Continue...

The best AMS president we never had

Chris Lee is the best president the AMS never had. He envisioned student government as more than a West Wing for aspiring politicos or fraternities with student-subsidized bars.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Peter Saczkowski asks who is running the show and concludes that it is “a small cadre of elites.” The people on the Queen’s Board of Trustees and the people behind the numbers quoted in the article, are anything but. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the writer dug any deeper to answer his question ...Continue...

Too early to define sexuality?

In November, the Toronto District School Board distributed a census survey to all 270,000 students
in the school board. Students in Grades 9 through 12 were also asked to answer questions about their sexual orientation.Continue...

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