Opinions Archive: 2012

Letters to the Editor

Readers write in to comment on "Removing barriers" and "Stirring the legalized pot"Continue...

The gifting life

Often overshadowed by other charitable initiatives, organ donation is a particularly worthwhile cause and an act that doesn’t receive as much recognition as it warrants. The recent university-wide Queen’s Gives the Gift of 8 campaign which encourages students to become listed as organ donors, helped raise awareness and spark conversation on the important issue of organ donation.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

Responding to "Critical eye on Jimmy Carter"Continue...

Stirring the legalized pot

Panel discusses Canada's choices in the long-standing drug debate, promoting the status quo, legalizing only marijuana and legalizing all drugs.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

In response to "From fraternity to beyond."Continue...

Critical eye on Jimmy Carter

Next Wednesday, on Nov. 21, the reputation of Queen’s will be tarnished. The odd thing is that this will occur by granting a prestigious honorary degree to Jimmy Carter at Fall Convocation.Continue...

Articling deserves a clean slate

On Nov. 22 the ‘benchers,’ as the Law Society of Upper Canada’s governing board is known, will be voting on the fate of articling in Ontario. Currently articlingis in practice with multiple countries in the Commonwealth and consists of a professional training program at a firm completed after passing the bar and before becoming a qualified lawyer.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

Responding to the Editorial "Call for change"Continue...

Rounding off on Romney

Social issues, economics and foreign policy would all be affected in some way if Mitt Romney wins the 2012 US presidential election. Our panelists break it down.Continue...

From fraternity to beyond

The AMS recently re-opened discussion on the ban of its members being part of fraternities and sororities at Queen’s. With a dialogue beginning to open, I look forward to educating people about the niche our fraternity satisfies
in Kingston.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

Responding to "AMS revisits fraternity ban"Continue...

More harmful than sweet

On Oct. 5, the Journal published a story announcing that Queen’s would renew their contract with Coca-Cola to provide Coke products exclusively on campus. For some, this renewal has been nothing but a passing thought while for others it’s contentious.Continue...

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Responding to "Policy in the works for undergrad TAs"Continue...

Supporting the marginalized

In September of 2011, Principal Daniel Woolf established the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health and tasked it to create a discussion paper of recommendations addressing mental health issues at Queen’s. The Commission should be commended for its approach to mental health but it lacks actionable items regarding social identity and exclusion.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

The opinion article on the Queen’s-Blyth Worldwide (QBW) program published in the Queen’s Journal on Fri. Oct. 5, 2012 contains several errors of fact and misleading statements which require clarification.

I believe it is important to state from the outset that the goal of Queen’s-Blyth Worldwide is the same as that of all of our other international undergraduate programs — for Queen’s students to have high-quality educational and rewarding international experiences.Continue...

Educational philanthropist or pariah?

Following Dalton McGuinty’s resignation from provincial politics, our panelists examine the post-secondary educational legacy he left behind.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

Readers write in to comment on “Ethical purchases not guaranteed” and “Radio station manager terminated”Continue...

Feminism in the spotlight

On Oct. 9, the first female Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, made an impassioned speech within the Australian House of Representatives regarding comments made by opposition leader Tony Abbott.Continue...

Building up a conversation

In the early 2000s the Government of Ontario announced the elimination of Grade 13 in Ontarian high schools. The announcement held significant implications for post-secondary institutions in the province — both the Grade 13 and Grade 12 classes were graduating in the same year.

Queen’s was among those expected to increase their admittance for the double cohort, amounting to 3,000 new students over four years.

A recent Board of Trustee’s decision places Queen’s in a similar situation today.Continue...

Dissolving Queen’s-Blyth abroad

Desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures, but they don’t always result in good choices.

A case in point is Queen’s recent decision to partner with a private tourist education company to offer university credits overseas. Little more than an expensive form of edu-tourism, these Queen’s-Blyth Worldwide (QBW) courses infringe on academic integrity, reinforce colonial stereotypes and privatize post-secondary education.Continue...

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