Editorials

Ontario must take larger strides towards preventing sexual violence on campuses

The Ontario government has announced new regulatory amendments addressing instances of sexual violence at postsecondary institutions in an attempt to protect survivors. Although a commendable action, the amendments are still a far cry from a satisfying solution to the prevalence of sexual violence on campuses.Continue...

Instant gratification on social media is harming in-person relationships

As humans, social connection has always been our lifeline.Continue...

My grieving process isn’t stagnant—and that’s okay

I’ve spent a large portion of the last two months coming to terms with a former classmate’s death. I wasn’t as close to them these past couple of years, but the news of their passing still hit me hard.Continue...

Vic Sahai's passion for student engagement earns endorsement

This election, Queen’s students must cast their ballots for someone who cares to engage them. After careful discussion, The Journal has chosen to endorse Kingston and the Islands NDP candidate Vic Sahai.Continue...

How toys play a role in young adult life

Toys seem to exist only in our childhood memories.Continue...

Consumers should be mindful of companies’ greenwashed marketing techniques

With expensive price tags attached to products marketed as “eco-friendly,” leading a sustainable lifestyle can seem unattainable to people on a budget. Dishonest companies are often the root of this issue, making sustainability feel like a luxury.Continue...

Cancellation of AMS Bus-It Program is unfair for students returning to campus

The cancellation of the AMS Bus-It program is a point of frustration this fall. Considering the cost of public transportation and campus parking passes, the program is a needed lifeline for student mobility around the city, especially for students living off-campus.Continue...

Canada’s COVID-19 requirements for the US/Canada border are unrealistic and unwelcoming for international students

The Canadian government’s requirements for crossing the border are unrealistic: the strict and unforgiving limitations, including the time crunch for negative COVID-19 tests and the ArriveCAN app upload, create an unwelcoming environment for international students attempting to enter the country.Continue...

Cancelling the ‘Vote On Campus’ program leaves university students at a disadvantage for the upcoming election

In light of the Sept. 20 election, Elections Canada cancelled their Vote On Campus program. But blaming the pandemic and the lack of time for preparation doesn’t justify the destructive effect the decision will have on young people’s ability to vote.Continue...

Varsity athletics need more women coaches

Representation for women in sport has always been lacking, but there are few areas in more dire need of women than coaching. Varsity athletics is no exception.Continue...

OnlyFans’ proposed ban on pornographic content exposed the platform’s disregard for its creators

For five days, the creator platform OnlyFans planned to ban sexually explicit content from its site over alleged pushback from financial institutions. This limbo not only unfairly threatened sex workers’ livelihoods but exposed just how vulnerable these creators are to the whims of their hosting platforms.Continue...

Overwhelming criticism of Maryam Monsef reveals Canada’s cultural insensitivity

On Aug. 25, Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef issued a direct plea to the Taliban, urging for the safe release of people from Afghanistan. For addressing members of the Taliban as “our brothers,” she’s faced an onslaught of misdirected criticism.Continue...

Jagmeet Singh’s Tik Tok campaign should make voters think about the relationship between politicians and social media

New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh has gone viral for using Tik Tok videos to outline his political campaign. Although his strategy might be a move in the right direction, this union of politics and entertainment is a reminder of larger social media concerns.Continue...

The Texas government is pushing women down a rabbit hole of shame, isolation, and targeting

Even in the progressive Western world, there are women who are fighting for a chance to survive, let alone thrive.Continue...

Queen’s community must unite to encourage confidence in personal cultural identity

Families house cultural roots, passed on from parents to children for generations. Moving away from home can make it difficult to continue these traditions and to preserve one’s personal cultural identity.Continue...

Editors’ Note: Queer Issue

The Queen’s Journal Vol. 149 Issue 2 is our inaugural Queer Issue. In honour of Pride month, this Issue will take a special look at queer voices at Queen’s. It celebrates the joy and community created by queer students, highlights some of the work that needs to be done on-campus and abroad, and takes a look at some of the foundations of Pride.Continue...

Healthy emotional expression is key in developing men’s identities

Outdated and toxic expectations of masculinity discourage men from emotional self-expression. But it doesn’t have to be this way—we can change these harmful values.Continue...

The false dichotomy between queerness and Islam only hurts queer people

You can either be queer or you can be Muslim.Continue...

Elitism around math reflects flawed education priorities

The standardized method of teaching math and the overbearing importance placed on the subject begs a re-evaluation of how we prioritize subjects in the education system at large.Continue...

Queen’s should implement a vaccine mandate for students living in residence this fall

While Canada’s vaccine supply is growing, so is speculation about and pushback against requiring vaccinations on campuses.Continue...

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