Opinions Archive: 2009

Letters to the Editors

I have great concern over the possibility of the prison farms in the Kingston area closing. These farms are sustainable providing meat, milk and eggs to the Corrections Canada Institutions in the Kingston area.Continue...

Checking the balance

The political structure of our government is outdated and it’s time to give it a facelift.

On Oct. 10, the Globe and Mail published an article exploring the topic of what the Governor General’s role in Canada should be.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

On Oct. 6, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament David Caplan decided not to wait to decide his political fate, as he stepped down as the Minister of Health prior to a jaw-dropping report by Ontario’s Auditor General.Continue...

Why the society wars?

During my tenure as Senate speaker of the City University of New York’s Undergraduate Student Government, I often dealt with a much smaller graduate student council’s contradictory policies. Postgraduate students have different interests and different wants, claimed the Graduate Student Society chair, and I should learn how to respect them.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Jacob Mantle, by all means, can hide behind the word “economy.” I could only be more comfortable at this point if he would throw the prefix ‘global’ in there just so we can all understand the scope of the panic.

An economic action plan is a great idea. We all like action, especially if it’s stemming from buzz words and catch-phrases.Continue...

Hang up or get off the road

It’s time to hang up your phone or face the consequences.

In an effort to promote safety on the road, a provincewide ban on using cellphones while driving will come into effect on Oct. 26, 2009.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Canadians are left with nothing to say to what came out of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s mouth last week.

He negated any belief in his words of apology for the impacts of Residential Schools, he destroyed trust in his judgment, and he put forth a provocative challenge to Aboriginal Canada, making a mockery of Truth and Reconciliation by declaring the foundations of that process moot.Continue...

For the love of the law

Five years ago this month, I took a tour of Queen’s University’s campus on one of their fall tour days.

Walking around my future undergraduate home for the first time, it became clear it’s the parents—rather than students—who pose the majority of questions to our guides.Continue...

Harmonious tax reform

The Ontario government’s proposal to follow British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and replace its provincial sales tax (PST) with a harmonized sales tax (HST) has evoked a lot of anxiety.

Some perceive it as a tax grab. Others see it shifting the taxation burden from business to consumers, especially low-income families.Continue...

Where was the outcry?

I expected outrage—an outpour of letters to local politicians or newspapers or a national media storm. Instead, there was no response.

Last Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said what could be the most offensive statement of his career as a public officer.Continue...

Letters to Editors

The Human Rights Office read last Friday’s Journal article on the Queen’s Computer Code of Ethics with some concern.

The story suggested that online access to potentially offensive material such as porn sites was not only unmonitored, but unregulated by Queen’s.Continue...

Stay home for fauxcoming

Why do alumni come back to Queen’s for Homecoming?

They return to reunite and reconnect with old friends and classmates, visit their old haunts or watering holes, see what has changed since they left andContinue...

Letters to the Editors

I endorse the views Mark Jones expressed in his Sept. 11 opinion piece, as they pertain to the compromises to curricular integrity entailed by the English Department’s decision to eliminate all significant content requirements in the introductory course to its discipline.Continue...

Facebook users beware

Facebook is a vital aspect of student life at Queen’s. Students can meet and interact with their roommates months before arriving on campus. Coordinating study sessions and nights on the town becomes effortless. Sharing photos and videos with loved ones remedies homesickness.Continue...

Letters to the editors

I’m writing to clarify some of the information in Professor Mark Jones’s article in the Sept 11. issue of the Journal. First, the decrease in courses offered by the English Department since the first round of budget cuts (implemented in 2008-09) is 5.5 rather than the 16.5 implied by Professor Jones’s figures.Continue...

Raising the political bar

Parliament resumed this week with one thought on everyone’s mind: With Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff vowing to bring down the Stephen Harper government, what will New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton do?Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Imagine my joy when I, living in Germany, opened the July issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing and saw an article about emergency care written by Queen’s researchers. Awesome—I opened a magazine dedicated to my profession and see the Queen’s name—and then I saw it was written exclusively by Queen’s School of Medicine.Continue...

Muddled message for meds

On Thursday night I attended, along with hundreds of young medical students, Dr. Hunter Campbell “Patch” Adams’s presentation on “The Joy of Caring.” Dr. Adams, whose life story was made famous in the 1998 film starring Robin Williams, spoke at the Biosciences complex.Continue...

Letters to the Editors

Jamie Swift paints an overly generous picture of the downtown retailer, making it seem as if S&R is the David to the Goliath of Walmart. In reality, there’s a much more complex and fuzzy distinction between the two.Continue...

What Queen’s will have lost

As I prepare for my fall courses, including a “seminar” on Byron for about 30 students, I recall that my department had seminars with ten or 12 students when I began teaching in the 1980s.

Most students I greet this week won’t have been born then, so I plot my course with an opening reflection on the concept of seminars.Continue...

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