Opinions Archive: 2009

Letters to the Editors

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Politics aren’t personal

Queen’s University has been traditionally known for its leaders of tomorrow, but campus politics at Queen’s today resemble a squabble among children rather than an open-minded, intellectual debate.
We see this in the form of federal and provincially-funded ideological interest groups that dominate the discourse of campus politics due to larger funding and organization.Continue...

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Coping with climate change

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen runs from Dec. 7 to 18, but we’re already beginning to hear the excuse parade from assorted world leaders skeptical that anything substantive will emerge from the meeting.

Since the last UN climate conference in Kyoto in 1997, climate change has evolved from a social and environmental issue into one universally recognized as having massive global security implications due to its impact on food supplies and drought caused by global warming.Continue...

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Students: support your staff

Why should Queen’s students concern themselves with staff work conditions and their ongoing unionization drive? Because our university and our day-to-day activities can’t function without their dedication and support.Continue...

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Withdrawal, but no escape

Canada will end the military mission in Afghanistan “as we’ve known it”—according to Prime Minister Harper—in Dec. 2011. The logistical planning to withdraw Canadian troops has already begun.

Meanwhile, the consequences of the withdrawal process are uncertain. This choice may help pave the way for further disengagement.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

I’d like to clarify a few points Holly Tousignant made in her Oct. 27 Journal editorial on procrastination. I meet many students like Holly every year.Continue...

Your mental health matters

About a year and a half ago, just before I started my third year at Queen’s, my life changed dramatically. The black cloud of major depressive disorder spread over my life, so slowly and insidiously that I was unaware of its arrival for months.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

It’s ironic the author of “Right to education” supports a discriminatory and oppressive boycott of Israeli academics while enjoying the privilege of publishing opinions in the name of free speech at an institution that cherishes the “core value of academic freedom,” as stated by Karen Hitchcock.Continue...

Bring home the monarchy

Like a bad relationship, Canadians find themselves once again caught up in the on-again, off-again debate of what should be done about the monarchy.

The latest skirmishes appear to have been prompted by Prince Charles’ return to Canadian soil after an eight-year absence.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Regarding divestment from the oil sands debate, a basic analysis of costs versus benefits to Queen’s students has been misplaced.
Queen’s University is in a very tenuous financial position.Continue...

Queen’s, we need to talk

On Oct. 22, the Senate Educational Equity Committee (SEEC) presented its annual report. Guess what? It’s more of the same. The SEEC worked hard to show Queen’s University’s struggle with issues of diversity and equity.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

The majority of live music that gets programmed in Kingston is attended by people who fit, in one way or another, into the majority. The majorities of people in Kingston are white, heterosexual and probably raised in monotheist religions.Continue...

Identities, not costumes

Halloween’s a time of year to forget about life, let loose and dress up as someone other than yourself. While the activities we embark on each year change as we get older, the big question remains the same: “What do I dress up as?”Continue...

Letters to the Editors

On Oct. 24, International Day on Climate Action, thousands of people from across Canada, including me, rallied on Parliament Hill to show their support for real and immediate action on climate change.

Among the many notable speakers at the rally was Francis Zwiers, the Canadian representative to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).Continue...

The beauty of student agency

Queen’s University is unique in the amount of say students have.

Unlike at many universities, Queen’s students are provided an opportunity to make decisions on academic, municipal and financial matters.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

It must be fall on campus here at Queen’s, because students are getting restless. Thankfully, most of us expel this restlessness by getting rowdy at Stages, dumping our partners or taking up long distance running.

This letter is not directed at these people. I’m talking about Queen’s Alive, the people who have decided red armbands on their jackets with LIFE printed fringes on the behaviour of decent humans.Continue...

Prospecting the oil sands

On Oct. 15, AMS Assembly voted 14 to 12 to not put the following question on the fall referendum: "That Queen’s University divest the Queen’s University endowment funds from any company financing or contracting in the Albertan Oil Sands.”Continue...

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