Editorials

‘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...

Canada can’t turn a blind eye to Indigenous deaths linked to B.C. group home

Numerous deaths have been linked to an Indigenous group home in B.C. The home has seen the deaths of five Indigenous teens both while in the care of the home and after ageing out of it. While the Canadian government has addressed this issue, it hasn’t acted to help fix it.Continue...

Universities need more addiction recovery programs

This fall, the University of Windsor is offering a recovery program for students battling addiction. It’s only the second Canadian university to do so.Continue...

Despite good intentions, cancel culture has lost all meaning

We often talk about being cancelled with a sense of finality, but ‘cancel culture’ isn’t ruining careers; it’s just a discursive shorthand.Continue...

To overcome hurdles to media access, we need to embrace publicly funded journalism

Facebook and Google have become the gatekeepers of our newsfeeds. But this is only part of a much larger problem. Access to unbiased journalism is vital, but so is funding that journalism. Going forward, we need to embrace publicly funded media to protect free, accessible journalism.Continue...

Working moms deserve more support in the workplace

According to a 2020 survey, one in four women are thinking about quitting their jobs. This isn’t because they can’t handle the work—it’s because women are expected to be both mothers and model employees, without the leeway to do both.Continue...

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