Editorials

People-pleasing: breaking the habit is difficult, but necessary

Feelings of guilt around saying no, an overwhelming fear of letting people down, and a sense of emotional isolation are some of the familiar signs of people-pleasing. Unfortunately, the phenomenon is all too common. We must not only recognize the tendency to people-please, but actively resist it.Continue...

Vaccine prioritization is in place for a reason

Vaccine prioritization is a sign our healthcare system is working, giving vaccines to those who need it most. Yet the recent Rodney Baker scandal proves that, even at a time when class differences are exacerbated, the rich will always find a way to put themselves first.Continue...

Athletics departments need to be wary of keeping things behind closed doors

Cultures of silence don’t end well.Continue...

Residence rule-breakers must be punished, but not at the cost of others’ safety

When students break social distancing protocols, there must be logical consequences.Continue...

To address vaccine hesitancy among Black and Indigenous Canadians, the government must act on racism in healthcare

Despite being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, many Black and Indigenous Canadians are hesitant to receive the vaccine. They have every right to be.Continue...

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...

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