Letters to the editors

Caring community

An open letter to the Queen’s community,

In the month since the death of our son and brother Cameron, the outpouring of support from the worldwide Queen’s community has been a great comfort to our family.

Cameron’s floor mates in Victoria Hall and the FRECs and frosh of orientation group 21 were kind enough to sit with us and share their memories of Cameron’s short time at Queen’s.

The administration and staff of the University, including Principal Woolf, Dean Kim Woodhouse of the Faculty of Applied Science and Dean David Saunders of the School of Business, Chaplain Brian Yealland, the staff in Student Affairs, the staff in the counseling and health services department and others too numerous to mention have all been kind and supportive.

The memorial service held for Cameron in Wallace Hall was a moving event, and those of his friends who spoke were both courageous and caring.

We have found strength and comfort in the words of those with whom Cameron shared his brief time at Queen’s.

We have heard in letters, e-mails, and phone calls from alumni and parents around the world, and we have been given the gift of unselfish love by classmates and friends.

The support in countless ways of the class of ’81, the class of ’14, and the parents of the class of ’14 has been warm and loving.

All of this has confirmed for us that, despite its untimely end, Cameron’s time at Queen’s was a highlight of his short life.

We know in our hearts that despite the outcome, Cameron made the right choice when he chose Queen’s, and that he would have thrived there among such caring and supportive people.

Iain Bruce, Comm ’81, Linda Bruce, and Margot Bruce

AMS juvenile

Dear Editors,

Over the past few years at Queen’s, I have taken an interest in the workings of the AMS. 

Information should be available for students like me who have night class or other obligations on Thursdays to be informed about the goings on of the society and its assembly, and to hold our elected leaders accountable. 

From the assembly agendas I have obtained so far this year, the childishness of the reports of the President and the lack of any reports from the Rector stand out as blights on student governance at Queen’s. 

These individuals use our student dollars to fund their salaries and/or tuition and should be reporting what they are doing. 

Safiah’s reports are an embarrassment for a society that wants to call itself professional, as it seems she does nothing at all in her role worth reporting and writes her reports as if she were a second grade student’s pen pal. 

The lack of reports (and from what I understand attendance at assembly) by our Rector makes it seem like he doesn’t value the position he holds, or that he’s simply doing it to fund his graduate degree. 

Smarten up you two. Queen’s students deserve better.

Jason Roberts, ArtSci ’12

Holocaust and abortion are not comparable

Re: Pro-life controversy strikes at Carleton (October 15, 2010)

Dear Editors,

It is profoundly disappointing to read that Queen’s anti-abortion activist Zuza Kurzawa continues to advocate the analogizing of legal access abortion with the Holocaust.

From 1938 to 1945 the Nazis sought to annihilate the entire Jewish people.

By comparing this calamity with the right of women to control their own bodies, Ms. Kurzawa is belittling and disrespecting the memory of six million murdered Jews, along with millions of Roma, gay men, people with disabilities and other victims.

Ms. Kurzawa’s actions demonstrate a clear lack of judgment. She owes an apology to all victims of genocide.

Shira Sasson, ArtSci ’11
Co-President, Queen’s Hillel

Eric Chapman, ArtSci ’12
Co-President, Queen’s Hillel

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