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Onscreen abortion representation is vital, but has its limits

Abortion isn’t just a right; it’s a choice made by women every day. Mainstream media should represent the procedure as such—at the very least an option, if not a decision made—though we can’t rely on Hollywood to do the heavy lifting when it comes to improving access to abortion and contraceptives.Continue...

Looking for a job this summer? Think about tree planting.

Being a university student is tough, especially during the summer, when most of us aren’t actually studying. For those of us who can’t find—or aren’t in the right faculties for—lucrative internships or experience-building research positions, the summer can be an outright slog, characterized by low pay, high work hours, and little personal or professional fulfilment.Continue...

Editors' Note: Black History Month Issue

The Queen’s Journal, Issue 21, was originally intended to be our first Black History Month Issue. While we campaigned for Black contributors and planned extensive Black History Month content, we were unable to garner the amount of engagement from Black students we had hoped for.

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Being healthy isn’t about perfection, especially in a pandemic

Like everything else, healthy eating has been further complicated by the pandemic. Maintaining our health-inspired habits is important, but by no means demands perfection—especially now.Continue...

Editors' Note: The Queen's Journal BIPOC Advisory Board

This past November, The Journal formed its first BIPOC Advisory Board. An idea first suggested by Aysha Tabassum, incoming co-Editor in Chief and current Features Editor, the Board will bring much needed representation from Queen’s BIPOC community to The Journal’s editorial board.

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Queen’s didn’t tell students it’d missed its fundraising deadline for the JDUC. Now what?

This year, undergraduate students paid $40 each to support turning the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) into a more sustainable, accessible, and modern building through the mandatory JDUC Redevelopment Fee established by the AMS.Continue...

As a journalist, tweeting hate speech has consequences—as it should

It’s well within a newspaper’s rights to fire staff with cause—especially if that staff member is expressing hateful views.

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Democracy is never ‘first past the post’

We supposedly live in a representative democracy. Yet in 2011, a party that only 39.6 per cent of the electorate voted for took majority control of Parliament .Continue...

It’s time to talk about male eating disorders

Most can identify disordered eating patterns in women, but we don’t often talk about what those patterns might look like in men. That needs to change.Continue...

Abortion access is an integral part of healthcare

For over 30 years, Canada has been the only nation in the world to have no legal abortion restrictions at a federal level. However, abortions are still far more politicized than other medical procedures, meaning your ability to access the procedure in Canada depends on how your provincial government, city, and doctor feel about abortion.Continue...

Editors' Note

It has come to our attention that during an Instagram live on Feb. 5, AMS Executive Presidential candidate of Team TIA Isaac Sahota claimed The Journal did not allow someone to comment...Continue...

Stop asking recent graduates about their futures

Graduates already face pressure from an uncertain job market; they don’t need you to ask them about their plans for the future.Continue...

With the AMS facing steep challenges, Team RTZ is ready to lead

The AMS executive positions demand Queen’s top student leaders: people who not only have a baseline knowledge of the AMS, but the energy and determination to fix the mistakes of past executive teams. These were the qualities The Journal Editorial Board looked for in the next AMS leaders.Continue...

AMS winter referendum statements

The Journal provides free space in our print edition and online for parties on the referendum ballot. All statements are unedited.Continue...

Bell, let’s talk: mental illness isn’t Michael Bublé watering plants

‘Bell Let’s Talk’ Day encourages the de-stigmatization of conversations about mental health issues, but the flaws of the campaign itself need addressing: namely, the band-aid solutions it offers in place of the systemic change we need.Continue...

Lower financial literacy for women is a problem that must be addressed

Closing the financial literacy gap is a necessary step towards equality.Continue...

Accessible information is the key to combatting hate groups

There’s a misconception that alt-right hate groups, while openly plaguing the US since Trump’s election, don’t have a Canadian equivalent. That belief is misinformed.Continue...

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...

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