Opinions Archive: 2013

Buying a better world

The recent collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh and a fire in another earlier this month makes four disasters in the country’s highly profitable and low-cost garment industry in less
than six months.Continue...

Shifting changes and responses

Though the end of the academic year is a busy time, it’s also a good time for some reflection on the past year. After all, this is a time of transition, and such occasions can be both exhilarating and
downright terrifying.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

Responding to “Leniency for limits”, "Co-operation over strife" and "Views on climate change vary".Continue...

Filibustering in the sandbox

This member-at-large motions for a Seargent-at-Arms to be appointed to the ASUS Assembly, and for the position to be added to its constitution at the next possible instance. Maybe then the Executive could run Assembly in peace.

It has become clear that the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) Assembly is unable to function the way it should. The ability for Assembly to run in a way that respects the integrity of the speaker, the members of the assembly and the students who elected them has been compromised.Continue...

Motioning for a more global Queen's

How will the world look in 2050? Questions such as this one occupy the daily lives of many international relations students and consultants, yet rarely does such forward-thinking shape the one area that will determine the Canadian economy of tomorrow: education.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

Responding to “Prescott censured”.Continue...

Deadlines without consideration

Yesterday, the Graduate Studies Executive Council (GSEC) lowered graduate time-to-completion limits for PhD and Master’s Candidates to four years and two years respectively.Continue...

Co-operation over strife

Israeli Apartheid Week just ended, but the conversation about the Israel/Palestine conflict needs to carry on. Co-operation, discussion and dialogue are the only ways in which the conflict can cease.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

Responding to “ASUS reps quit, Prescott censured at ASUS Special Assembly”Continue...

A breach of students’ trust

Students should be saddened by the news that former AMS Vice-President of Operations-elect Peter Green has resigned, they should also be angry about the excuse for process that his former colleagues have chosen for his replacement.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

Responding to "Sex sells", "Justin Trudeau returns to campus” and “Vice-President of Operations-elect resigns”Continue...

More flash than substance

Earlier this month front runner of the Liberal leadership race Justin Trudeau visited Queen’s. Speaking to an unsurprisingly packed audience, supporters young and old eagerly shared words of encouragement and praise.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

Responding to Surviving rape culture at Queen's.Continue...

Making the tough and right choice

Lent began yesterday with Ash Wednesday, when Catholics are reminded of human frailty and the need to focus their energies towards the spiritual instead of the material. Lent is marked by intense prayer and fasting. Yet, this year will be different from any other Lent in recent history.Continue...

Letters to the Editor

In response to Pride week undergoing expansion and The rule-breaking numbers game.Continue...

Surviving rape culture at Queen’s

Five years ago I came to Queen’s a closeted queer virgin. As I’m preparing to leave Queen’s, I finally have some space to reflect on the impact rape culture in this community has had on me as a queer survivor of sexual violence.Continue...

For the 57 per cent

When I was in first year, I was documented for having a screaming contest on my floor with two other friends. I did it because our floor was too quiet and I know it sounds silly now, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Three years later, I am still living happily in residence partly because of the rules — not in spite of them.Continue...

Political games overshadow issues

Student politics, and not just in this AMS election, have become derailed. This past week simply serves as an example of how student leaders are letting their personalities overtake their offices.Continue...

Collective bargaining is necessary

When it comes to bargaining, a union offers a highly democratic space for Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Teaching Fellows (TFs) to collectively set their agenda for how to improve working, living and learning conditions for ourselves and others at Queen’s and in Kingston.

It’s in this spirit that Queen’s undergraduate TAs and Research Assistants can consider the Queen’s TA/TF union an organization they can turn to for advice regarding workplace issues especially in the wake of legislation like Bill 115.Continue...

Coming out still a rout

Coming out was recently brought into the spotlight by Jodie Foster’s speech at the Golden Globes. Her words sparked a lot of discussion, but there’s no question that she did come out as gay.Continue...

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