Opinions Archive: 2010

Conscious consumerism

Most students have heard of the fair-trade system in one form or another, whether as an option at a favourite coffee shop or a TransFair logo on a chocolate bar.

But many of them can’t explain why they decided on the fair-trade option over others.Continue...

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Improvement costs money

Global competition for jobs, ideas and highly skilled employees is no longer an academic theory—it’s our reality.

The path to prosperity in our world has been confirmed: the better educated your workforce, the more prosperous your city, province, or country.Continue...

Bold vision, positive change

When I signed the University and College Presidents’ Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada earlier this week, it signaled both a commitment and a call to action for Queen’s.

This “made-in-Canada” sustainability pledge was drafted by six British Columbia universities and has been endorsed by the heads of 23 Canadian institutions.Continue...

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Tackling Olympic issues

The Vancouver Winter Olympics are upon us and all of Canada is abuzz with excitement.

Will Canada break free from being known as the only Olympic host nation in history not to win gold on home soil? Will Canada’s Own the Podium program produce the results we hope for?Continue...

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To do with less, or not

Do we want a strategic plan for Queen’s University that privileges capital creation before quality education, reduces students to revenue units, excludes students from the decision-making process, and attracts global wealth instead of international students from diverse economic backgrounds?Continue...

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Post-secondary pursuits

Pursuing a post-secondary program is one of the first big decisions many of us make. Post-secondary education sets us on a career trajectory that typically influences the next several years—or decades—of our lives.Continue...

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An executive decision

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Hyping Haitian donation

Udo Schüklenk Here’s the good news: this commentary won’t be accompanied by photos of a crying black baby or a maimed granny.

I’m sure those few who have watched TV programs other than Entertainment Tonight or TMZ will have noticed that an earthquake hit Haiti a week or so ago, killing scores of people and destroying much of what was left of the country’s dilapidated infrastructure.Continue...

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Gay, Catholic and proud

I was born and raised Catholic in a small town in central Ontario. I attended Catholic elementary and secondary schools complete with uniforms, multiple daily prayer times, in-school masses, and compulsory religion classes.Continue...

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Let Glenn Beck speak

Although I don’t agree with anything he says, Glenn Beck makes an important offering to the American political discourse.

For one, the television and radio host gives voice to a large group of people in the United States.Continue...

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Canada a ‘part-time democracy’

It was business as usual across the country on Dec. 30. No one seemed to notice our prime minister, Stephen Harper, personally take it upon himself to turn Canada into a part-time democracy.Continue...

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