Editorials

Queen’s should listen to its student protestors about the climate crisis

Every year, Queen’s boasts about its sustainability efforts, from selling reusable straws to offering electric vehicle charging stations. But when it really counts, the school falls silent.Continue...

Consent proves more complicated than a yes-or-no issue

Consent education isn’t something that can be reduced to a catchy slogan or a colourful poster. Its teaching should reflect the same nuance and gravity of real-life sexual encounters.Continue...

Female-focused research is a worthwhile investment

Female-identifying university students have the power to generate and advocate for female-focused research on the ground level—and that’s something we should take advantage of.Continue...

KHSC must examine past mistakes to prevent future tragedy

Mistakes are inevitable, even for medical professionals. But if hospitals aren’t willing to be held accountable and learn from these mistakes, future patients will pay the price.Continue...

Federal Conservatives’ anti-university attitude won’t fly

When politicians target universities, they diminish hard-working students and professors sharing knowledge and curiosity—not some imagined intellectual elite.Continue...

It’s time to root out unsustainable grass lawns

Given the severity of the climate crisis, we need to consider sustainability in every component of our lives—and that includes landscaping.Continue...

Canadian politeness has no place in climate politics

With Canada’s 2019 federal election campaign officially underway, now is not the time to extinguish the climate debate—it’s time to ramp it up.Continue...

Provincial policy change limits options for assault survivors

The provincial government’s looming changes to its program to support sexual violence survivors will marginalize the very communities the resource is meant to help.Continue...

Campus news outlets face uncertain futures without mandatory fees

Without student newspapers, student activities, and accomplishments would go largely unrecognized. And yet, those very same publications won’t be able to operate for much longer without support from the communities they work so diligently to serve.Continue...

Queen’s should supplement food bank funding loss

Under Premier Doug Ford’s Student Choice Initiative (SCI), health and counselling remain an essential category for student fees. But a failure to mandate student fees for the campus food bank equates a failure to recognize food security as a critical component of health.Continue...

University should have more beef with serving red meat

Queen’s University can’t completely support environmental sustainability until they address what they put on student plates.Continue...

Kingston housing dilemma no fault of students

The blame for Kingston’s housing crisis does not fall on the city’s student community.Continue...

Thrifting for clothing is more than a passing fashion

Second-hand clothing shopping shouldn’t be seen as a passing trend—it’s an ecologically sustainable lifestyle choice.Continue...

Editor's note: Our land acknowledgement

The Journal ’s editors were made aware of an open letter from the ASUS Journal of Indigenous Studies (AJIS) on Sunday regarding our newspaper’s land acknowledgement.

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Letter from the editors: Our commitment to cover the climate crisis

Today, The Journal became a signatory to Covering Climate Now —an international coalition of more than 60 journalistic publications that have committed to covering the climate crisis with the language and urgency it deserves.Continue...

Digital textbooks shouldn’t leave print in the dust

Physical textbooks aren’t just a relic of past learning styles—they remain a valuable resource for post-secondary students faced with rapid modernization.Continue...

Without academic accountability, universities suffer

High schools in Ontario make a huge effort to prepare graduating students forpost-secondary education, but there’s one thing they can’t prepare them for: the unregulated academics of Canadian universities.Continue...

Letter from the editors: We expect better from our city councillor

On Friday, we learned Sydenham District Councillor Peter Stroud—who represents Queen’s students at the municipal level—was the man identified and charged by police for blocking a Kingston Transit bus last month using not only his bicycle, but also a child.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...

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...

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