Editorials

Men have a responsibility to dismantle rape culture

Rape education is often geared toward, and provided by, women. Yet most rapists are men, so why aren’t we targeting them with rape prevention efforts?Continue...

Taking care of our homeless neighbours starts with us

The Kingston community—students, the Queen’s administration, and the City itself—have a responsibility to take care of its homeless neighbours.Continue...

Student journalists are journalists. They should be recognized as such.

Despite the important news coverage provided by student-operated publications, student reporters often face hurdles in being recognized as legitimate journalists.Continue...

Being a young filmmaker in Canada is something to celebrate, not escape

There’s a lingering preconception among many young filmmakers in Canada that to truly have a successful career in film, we must pack up and head down south for good. This belief is false and distracts many from seizing valuable opportunities for screen-based creators here in Canada.Continue...

Academic culture is driving students to cheat

Academic misconduct is a direct product of academic culture. Only in changing that culture can we address cheating and plagiarism.Continue...

‘Cancel culture’ is an imperfect step toward necessary change

The time to hold people accountable is now.Continue...

Uncontested elections and student engagement go hand in hand

Uncontested elections are bad for democracy, which is why we must address their prevalence here at Queen’s sooner rather than later.Continue...

Until widespread vaccination, Canada should freeze student loan repayments

Until job opportunities for Canadian youth are restored to pre-pandemic levels, it’s unreasonable to mandate students make loan repayments.Continue...

During the pandemic, what constitutes essential surgery is murkier than ever

Despite non-essential surgeries being on hold, plastic surgeries have continued in the private sector. But we shouldn’t be so quick to point fingers at individuals receiving enhancements right now; rather, we should be questioning the government’s murky guidelines for what’s considered essential.Continue...

Stop the literary elitism: graphic novels are books, too

Literary elitism has got to go.Continue...

Queen’s can’t keep tracking EDI progress with retention rates

As it stands, Queen’s measures whether or not it’s creating an inclusive environment through student retention rates. This needs to stop.Continue...

Watching mature content with your kids: parental sin or learning opportunity?

Allowing children to watch age-inappropriate content with adult supervision isn’t the parental no-no we think it is, but a chance for parents to educate their kids on important issues children’s shows often fail to address.Continue...

College sports shouldn’t get a free pass when it comes to pandemic restrictions

College sports are not more important than public health and safety.Continue...

As we integrate more with technology, unplugging is no longer the solution

Even before the pandemic, smartphones and laptops were attached to us by the hip. Over the past few months, this invasion of technology into our lives has only been exacerbated as we work from home or connect with loved ones online. We’re now constantly plugged into our devices—but is that really such a bad thing?Continue...

Arts students deserve more credit

Despite the creativity and perseverance necessary to pursue a degree and career in the arts, Arts students are consistently labelled as less motivated, less driven, and less realistic than their STEM counterparts.Continue...

Online proctoring unfairly punishes cheaters and non-cheaters alike

With exam season just weeks away, universities are turning to online proctoring software like Examity and Proctortrack to prevent cheating. Professors have every right to enforce academic integrity, yet these proctors appear to be doing more harm than good.Continue...

Don’t fear the media. Fear Trump’s Twitter account.

There are a lot of things wrong with American culture—a complete disregard for other people, the miraculous ability to politicize every aspect of life, and ridiculous disbelief in science all come to mind—but the worst has got to be relentless fear-mongering.Continue...

Even with positive representation, we can’t rely on film as drivers of social change

A recent Varsity article argues the film industry fails to accurately depict the realities of poverty. While this is true to a certain extent, we can’t expect more authentic movies to be the drivers for social change—that comes from legislation.Continue...

Canada must address anti-Indigenous racism within medicine

Protests broke out this summer when an Indigenous woman named Joyce Echaquan died in a Quebec hospital, shortly after live streaming on Facebook. In the video, she detailed racist verbal abuse she’d suffered and worried she’d been given too much morphine.Continue...

During the pandemic and online classes, Queen’s must continue offering support for students

With classes now online, many students are restricted to their homes when completing course work this year, whether in the University District or scattered across the globe. To support all its students’ needs and ensure success, regardless of location, Queen’s needs to maintain and increase the quality of its student resources.Continue...

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