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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...

Four Directions security should be further prioritized after vandalism incident

Last month, flags at the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre were vandalized. The University and Kingston Police have since launched an investigation, but the incident begs the question: where are the security cameras?Continue...

Freedom of speech is not freedom from consequence

Earlier this month, writers and academics penned “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” criticizing cancel culture and calling...Continue...

Renaming Sir John A. Macdonald Hall won’t erase history, but acknowledge it

Last week, the Faculty of Law launched consultations on the naming of the Sir John A. Macdonald Hall building. The Journal Editorial Board feels this is a step in the right direction, but that the University should ultimately change the building’s name.Continue...

The reaction to the ‘intoxication’ ruling is overblown. It still needs to be appealed.

The Ontario Court of Appeal struck down Section 33.1 of the Canadian Criminal Code on June 3 on the grounds that it was unconstitutional. Since then, there has been an outpouring of concern about the effects this ruling could have on cases of sexual assault and violence against women, including a petition with over 300,000 signatures.Continue...

Social services must continue improving post-pandemic

During the pandemic, social services are more important than ever. As we adjust to our new ‘normal,’ we shouldn’t forget that.Continue...

Queen’s new anti-racism initiatives are reactive, not proactive

Queen’s committed to three anti-racism initiatives on June 10 in response to student calls to action. This response, The Journal Editorial Board feels, is only a reaction to pressure from students, rather than a proactive measure that should’ve come years earlier.Continue...

Editors' Note: Our commitment to BIPOC students

The Journal stands in solidarity with the protests against anti-Black racism and police brutality. We are committed to amplifying the voices of Queen’s students. If you would like a...Continue...

Students shouldn’t shoulder the financial burden of remote learning

As a result of COVID-19, students are facing cancelled internships and lost jobs. Now, they must shoulder the burden of regular tuition fees in the fall—despite classes going online.Continue...

The pandemic is forcing us to reconsider how we care for our elderly. We’re better off for it.

As COVID-19 continues to rock old-age homes, it’s time we roll back the clock and re-evaluate the value—and potential inevitability—of the multigenerational family.Continue...

Special constables have the potential to make students feel less safe, not more

Introducing special constables to university campuses has become increasingly popular in recent years but fails to acknowledge the negative impact this might have on students.Continue...

Darts & laurels 2019-20

COVID-19 updates: The majority of Queen’s academic operations transitioned online in March as students were encouraged to head home early for the summer due to public health concerns over novel coronavirus in Ontario.Continue...

News outlets spread information about the coronavirus, not fear

Contrary to popular belief, North American journalism about COVID-19 and its impacts isn’t sensationalism or fearmongering. It shows that reporters are doing their jobs to share information and accountability with the public.Continue...

Stop the narrative that the COVID-19 pandemic is benefiting the environment

Perpetuating the false narrative that the coronavirus pandemic is saving the environment is one of countless examples where misinformation is shared across the Internet because it makes readers feel good—without fact-checking.Continue...

Local journalism shows its value during COVID-19 pandemic

The value of local journalism during the COVID-19 pandemic is its ability to pursue stories of human kindness.Continue...

Celebrating women one day a year isn’t enough

International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 gives the global community a chance to acknowledge women, past and present, who have made political, economic, social, and cultural strides toward gender equity. However, when it comes to addressing the struggles women face on a day-to-day level, IWD still misses the mark.Continue...

Professors shouldn’t face discrimination for their accents

Some professors are better lecturers than others, but whether or not they speak with an accent shouldn’t be a determining factor in that assessment.Continue...

Coronavirus doesn't justify racist aggression

The conversation around coronavirus is intimidating, but by standing in solidarity with Chinese students at Queen’s, we can combat the effects of the virus more effectively.Continue...

Communicating about COVID-19 can ease student stress

As universities prepare for community spread of COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus, students must be kept in the loop so that they too can do their part in reducing the spread of the virus.Continue...

Queen’s should let go of the castle

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle in England costs Queen’s more than it’s worth to students’ experience. It’s time for the University to consider investing its money into better programming.Continue...

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