Editorials

Ms. Understood? Male-centric healthcare remains the biggest threat to women’s health

If you’re a woman, you’re at a greater risk of being misdiagnosed and improperly treated in common medical situations—period.Continue...

Universities should encourage exam deferrals—when students really need them

Exam deferrals are often treated as shameful things students should avoid at all costs. In reality, an exam deferral is a valuable resource for students who may be struggling with their mental health. While universities should discourage students from abusing the system, they shouldn’t discourage the system itself.Continue...

As parties continue, Deane must make good on his threat of expulsion

On Sept. 16, Principal Patrick Deane announced that students who ignore provincial regulations of social distancing will be reviewed under the Student Code of Conduct and could face the sanction of expulsion. A month later, no such punishment has been made for the parties that are still ongoing.Continue...

AMS fall referendum statements

The Journal provides free space in our print edition and online for parties on the referendum ballot. All statements are unedited. Continue...

We need to normalize female sexuality

The policing of women’s sexuality is pervasive throughout society. Women are expected to be pretty but not too pretty, smart but not too smart, sexy but not slutty. The female body is critiqued in all regards, and we need to change that.Continue...

Single-use plastics ban ignores a larger problem: carbon emissions

The Liberals’ single-use plastics ban is set to take effect next year, including items like takeout containers, plastic cutlery, and straws. There’s no doubt this is a positive step forward from an environmentalism standpoint, but the ban ignores a much greater problem: Canada’s carbon emissions.Continue...

When it comes to equality at Queen’s, Deane is a broken record

A recent Financial Post article criticized Patrick Deane’s recent editorial apologizing for Queen’s racist past. We do need to criticize Deane’s editorial; not because of the stance he takes in it, but because his words are performative at best.Continue...

When it comes to Zoom cameras, professors should respect student boundaries

Many professors are using live Zoom calls to replicate in-person lectures. But no matter what technology we have at our fingertips, online classes will never live up to in-person ones. Mandating students turn on their Zoom cameras won’t change that.Continue...

We need to diversify the comedy scene

Our conception of comedy is constantly changing. As the comedy scene continues to evolve, we must support a diverse range of comedians and comedy, if only because good humour is subjective, not universal.Continue...

Despite fearmongering, GMOs are the key to a healthy and sustainable future

A lot of plant-based foods at the grocery store are labeled ‘non-GMO’—as if genetically modified crops should be avoided. In reality, we ought to embrace the technology.Continue...

Yoga should be a viable alternative to traditional high school gym class

High school relies too heavily on traditional models of exercise—but just because something is traditional doesn’t mean it’s beneficial to everyone. Yoga has proved itself to be a worthwhile skill to cultivate, as it promotes fitness alongside mindfulness. Because of this, we need to introduce it to high school curriculums.Continue...

Without safe social spaces, students will seek out unsafe ones

University students across Canada have reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted as a result of isolation. The AMS’ recent call for more safe social spaces on campus would address these growing mental health issues, but we need to expand these spaces even further if we want to take care of students year round.Continue...

It’s not fair to charge students for unusable services when Queen’s can afford to foot the bill

It’s become increasingly clear over the years that universities are starting to resemble corporations more than schools, pursuing large profits at the expense of the student experience. However, while corporations must sell at the market price and require an actual demand from consumers, Queen’s not only gets to set the prices for its services but coerces students into paying them—even when these services aren’t usable.Continue...

There’s no excuse for the gender pay gap at Queen’s

Recent data from Statistics Canada shows a pay gap between male and female professors across all but three Canadian universities. Queen’s in particular has an eight per cent difference in average salary.Continue...

Literary canons are flawed, and our courses should reflect that

Introductory English classes, like ENGL100 and 200, are typically composed of texts by white men. While these texts are pulled from the literary canon, and no doubt have merit, they aren’t diverse. And that’s a problem.Continue...

As the second wave hits, end of CERB sends wrong message

With CERB payments set to end this upcoming Sunday, people in need of financial assistance as a result of the ongoing pandemic are feeling rightfully anxious. Most who collected these payments will be rolled into EI, but some will inevitably fall through the cracks—a reality the government must address.Continue...

You should believe the lived experiences of BIPOC as soon as you hear them

Any claim requires some sort of evidence to back it up. When it comes to racism on campus, the lived experiences of BIPOC students should be evidence enough. Yet these experiences are completely devalued at Queen’s and viewed in a way that’s inherently white supremacist.Continue...

Canada should say ‘no’ to junk food, but not before making healthy alternatives accessible

It’s no secret junk food is killing us. Some countries, like Mexico, have introduced a sugar tax. But a simple tax doesn’t address the root of the problem: large corporations producing unhealthy foods in the first place.Continue...

Facebook’s environmental groups suspension error proves onus to fact-check is on us

As social media sites boom, online misinformation is becoming more prevalent—and harmful. Facebook has vowed to fight “fake news” on countless occasions, yet continually fails to target the right people. As social media consumers, we need to stop relying on businesses like Facebook to point out misinformation and take fact-checking into our own hands.Continue...

Stop the narrative that climate change is caused by you and me

Personal accountability for the climate crisis isn’t just irrelevant; it was designed and implemented by the world’s biggest polluters. If we want to save our planet, we need to stop blaming everyday people for the declining environment and start holding the real culprit responsible: the fossil fuel industry.Continue...

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