Editorials

Canada should say ‘no’ to junk food, but not before making healthy alternatives accessible

It’s no secret junk food is killing us. Some countries, like Mexico, have introduced a sugar tax. But a simple tax doesn’t address the root of the problem: large corporations producing unhealthy foods in the first place.Continue...

Facebook’s environmental groups suspension error proves onus to fact-check is on us

As social media sites boom, online misinformation is becoming more prevalent—and harmful. Facebook has vowed to fight “fake news” on countless occasions, yet continually fails to target the right people. As social media consumers, we need to stop relying on businesses like Facebook to point out misinformation and take fact-checking into our own hands.Continue...

Stop the narrative that climate change is caused by you and me

Personal accountability for the climate crisis isn’t just irrelevant; it was designed and implemented by the world’s biggest polluters. If we want to save our planet, we need to stop blaming everyday people for the declining environment and start holding the real culprit responsible: the fossil fuel industry.Continue...

Canada’s child support system is broken. Women suffer for it.

The Supreme Court ruled last Friday that retroactive child support payments can’t be cancelled once that child reaches adulthood. This ruling is a positive step forward but doesn’t change the fact that Canada’s child support system is broken.Continue...

In lieu of police intervention, we need response teams for mental health crises

Police are trained to deal with criminals, not mental health crises. We need separate response teams for these scenarios, and sooner rather than later.Continue...

Universities should acknowledge unique experiences of separate minorities, not lump them in together

A story originally titled “Too Asian?” appeared in Maclean ’s in 2010, suggesting that Asian students were not only a threat to the admissions process but that if other minorities only worked hard enough, they could be as represented in university populations too. This logic is a racist fallacy universities need to correct by acknowledging the unique experiences of separate minority groups.Continue...

Calling girls 'basic' isn't harmless—it's sexist

In the late 2000s, the term 'basic' rose to popularity to describe girls who wore Lululemon leggings, drank pumpkin spice lattes, and religiously listened to Taylor Swift. Since then, ‘basic’ girls have evolved from Ugg boots to white Air Forces, but the sexist disapproval they receive remains.Continue...

Preventing a Western situation starts with more on-campus testing resources

‘Wuck Festern’ is a well-known Queen’s mantra. But with students continuing to ignore public health guidelines, Queen’s is on track to follow in Western’s footsteps with an outbreak of its own. Instead of waiting, we need to act to prevent a similar situation now.Continue...

During COVID-19, casual sex merits more precautions

Casual sex is a hallmark of university culture and, even in the midst of a pandemic, isn’t going away anytime soon. Instead of shaming the people sleeping around, we should acknowledge that casual sex might be a symptom of the loneliness we’re all experiencing right now.Continue...

Keep talking and dribbling: athletes deserve support in fighting racial injustice

The intersection between sports and politics is more pronounced—and divisive—than ever before. Going forward, we must support athletes leading the fight against injustices.Continue...

Can we stop policing women’s bodies already?

Last week, Kori Sidaway, a B.C. news anchor, received a harassing email about her appearance during a broadcast. The viewer shamed her for wearing a shirt that showed a hint of cleavage, dubbing themselves “The Vancouver Cleavage Patrol.”Continue...

Professors: this fall, please teach with empathy

When students logged into their online courses last week and perused the syllabi, it’s frustrating that some classes might’ve had them thinking, ‘I can’t do this.’Continue...

We need to normalize paying student interns

As Canadians, we like to pride ourselves on the notion we’re more progressive than the US will ever be. But while America’s notorious unpaid internships are illegal in Canada, that doesn’t mean they aren’t alive and well within our own borders.Continue...

It’s time to ditch our gendered conceptions of beauty products

For years, beauty brands have bombarded us with a strict binary: products “for men” and those “for women.” But as society shifts away from rigid gender norms, so should the products we use.Continue...

Student jobs must adapt in the age of COVID-19

The pandemic has forced everyone to adjust to a new normal. With an uncertain future ahead of us, student jobs mustn’t cease to exist, but adapt.Continue...

TAPS closed, and it’s the University’s fault

In the eleventh hour, the AMS announced The AMS Pub Services (TAPS) would not be opening this year. It’s largely the University’s fault.Continue...

Hey, students: stop partying

At a school like Queen’s, it’s no secret students love to party. A pandemic isn’t going to change that, but students should think twice about throwing ragers this year if they hope to avoid an outbreak in Kingston.Continue...

Science is science, not a political debate

With the threat of the climate crisis and COVID-19 looming, science too often gets caught up in political debate.Continue...

Listening to teachers is the key to safe classroom learning this fall

Remember when teachers advocated for smaller class sizes, cleaner classrooms, and more technology training? In the age of COVID-19, those demands are more relevant and necessary than ever—and if schools had only listened to teachers from the beginning, they might have been better equipped for classroom learning this fall.Continue...

If Smith wants to commit to the safety of its BIPOC students, it needs to start listening to those students

With the launch of ‘Stolen by Smith’—an Instagram page detailing incidents of intolerance experienced by Smith students and alumni—the Smith School of Business is once again subject to nationwide criticism for its treatment of BIPOC students. Yet despite Smith’s virtual town hall meeting, it’s failed to truly listen and commit to BIPOC concerns.Continue...

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