Editorials

Attacks on student journalism only reinforce its necessity

Covering difficult campus issues will always put a damper on student publications’ popularity—but they shouldn’t be attacked for doing their job.Continue...

Campus print operations shouldn’t be quick to fold

“Printed papers can’t be long for the world. Focus on the future.” Upon seeking support for The Journal ’s print operations, I received an email from a former journalist saying exactly that.Continue...

Patrick Deane should champion fossil fuel divestment as Queen’s principal

Patrick Deane, Queen’s incoming principal, should pledge his support to the students, faculty, and staff who want to see the University rid itself of more than $230 million of fossil fuel investments.Continue...

Young Canadians deserve better access to birth control

Inaccessibility of contraceptives should not be an obstacle facing Canadian youth in their pursuit of protection against unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).Continue...

Cartoon: For senior faculty, Ford crashes the party

Once Ontario’s 2019 budget bill is passed at Queen’s Park, senior faculty across the province’s post-secondary sector could soon face a choice between retirement and a decreased salary. Under the new law, the province will have the authority to reduce—including reduce to zero—salaries of post-secondary faculty, once they begin receiving pension payments. The choice between receiving pension payments and retiring won’t be an option for faculty because citizens must legally begin taking their pension at age 71 in Canada.Continue...

Queen’s unchecked sexual violence culture only spreads

When it comes to combatting sexual violence and harassment on campus, Queen’s is lagging.Continue...

YGK Music Pilot Project marks a step in the right direction

Kingston’s new YGK Music Pilot Project is giving musicians a step up in the recording industry.Continue...

Canada’s university admissions process fails to make the grade

Though Canada doesn’t currently face the same bribery challenges levied against U.S. colleges, our own host of inequities are inherent in our university application system.Continue...

Social media influencers set a dangerous precedent for healthy eating

The average Instagram athlete curates their daily posts like a diet: they’re around 34 per cent training tips, 19 per cent lengthy motivational posts, 47 per cent healthy recipes, and they show no sign of anything resembling real life.Continue...

U of T mental health crisis can’t wait another day

This editorial mentions suicide and may be triggering for some readers. It shouldn’t take another youth suicide to reform the Ontario university mental health care system. Over the weekend...Continue...

Outcry against trans Olympians denies athletes recognition

Arguing that transgender athletes have an unfair physical advantage sidelines the systemic struggles trans individuals face in day-to-day life—let alone professional sports.Continue...

Queen’s should divest from the source of climate change

The University’s refusal to divest from fossil fuels proves that Queen’s values its finances above the changing climate. Queen’s positions itself as...Continue...

Banning plastic straws doesn’t do enough for turtles—or our society

Regardless of the damage plastic straws do to sea turtles, it’s impossible to eradicate them without damaging economic and physical accessibility. Ontario, however, might do just that. After...Continue...

Breed-specific legislation doles out careless, ineffective punishment

Discrimination isn’t limited to the human species. The animals we interact with most—cats and dogs—are companion animals, yet within this group, not all are treated equally. In some countries,...Continue...

The price is right to eat ethically

When choosing between ethical food choices and price tags, students are often left to defer to their limited chequing accounts. That being said, with thoughtfulness and creativity, there are still...Continue...

Shame on Doug Ford’s response to sexual violence

Last Wednesday at Queen’s Park, Toronto Centre district MPP Suze Morrison asked why the Doug Ford government was withholding millions in funding promised to Ontario’s rape crisis centres.Continue...

Loneliness is as surmountable as it is common

Loneliness is pervasive. It impacts everybody regardless of personality type, number of friends, or amount of socializing. And if left ignored, it can exacerbate declining mental and physical health.Continue...

Homecoming changes mean safer students (and horses)

Ontario University Athletics’ (OUA) recent restructuring of Homecoming football games will cut down on horses slapped and cars flipped without diminishing Queen’s students’ love of the alumni-centred festivities.Continue...

Women of colour need their own feminist narratives

Mainstream feminism’s advocacy for equal gender rights is important, but it lacks sufficient recognition that no two women share the same experiences.Continue...

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