Editorials

Canada’s prison system needs to provide more rehabilitation options for drug addiction

Canada’s prison system provides too few resources or programs for people suffering from drug addiction—all it does is make the situation worse.Continue...

True workforce inclusivity must look beyond economics

The current pandemic labour shortage is causing Canadian employers to shift their attention to the greater than 600,000 Canadians with disabilities who have both the capability and desire to work. But inclusivity demands more than simply filling holes within the economy.Continue...

To avoid the fate of North Korea, we must learn to be critical of our own government

In extreme circumstances like a pandemic, governments often introduce regulations that promise a better quality of life for their citizens. The story of Yeonmi Park—a North Korean defector—provides great insight into the concepts of freedom and oppression by governments.Continue...

Orientation weeks are an opportunity to educate about sexual violence. Banning them isn’t the solution.

Sexual violence at post-secondary institutions like Queen’s is an egregious problem. It’s clear more drastic and meaningful measures must be taken by universities to prevent this violence from occurring—but cancelling orientation weeks is only a small step, not a catch-all solution.Continue...

We are all imperfect when it comes to media literacy—let’s acknowledge it

Media literacy—the practice of critically evaluating all kinds of media and understanding how it shapes our lives—is a learned skill no one can expect to wield perfectly all the time.Continue...

A ‘new normal’ should mean a new outlook on body image

The body image ideals we carried into the pandemic were unrealistic and unhealthy. As we slowly emerge from this public health crisis, let’s establish a new normal for body image, too.

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The steep price of outdoor recreation can make nature inaccessible and unwelcoming

There’s an assumption the great outdoors is where we can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life—a place that belongs to everyone. But the cost of outdoor gear tells another story.Continue...

Gatekeeping in the trans community is baseless and harmful

The internet allows the LGBTQ+ community to connect more easily than ever before—but not all spaces are as safe as they may seem.Continue...

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...

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