The Policy Corner with Noah Lee

The necessity of humility in an online world

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Noah Lee introduces his new policy column.

Let’s get the formalities out of the way.

This column is for people who like to stay informed on Canadian current events. I’ll discuss government decisions and how they might impact us as students, with some of my opinions sprinkled in.

I’m just an average Queen’s student who is addicted to the news, aiming to turn what could be snoozefest topics into something that sparks conversation with friends and colleagues.

As the author of this column—which will likely be a biweekly affair—my qualifications include cooking exquisite stir-fries, running, and being a fourth-year commerce student.

My proudest university accomplishments have nothing to do with my major—I’ve been concertmaster of the Queen’s Orchestra for two years, and last year won the DAN School’s Concert Aria competition. I think that’s kind of neat, and I’ll always recommend people get involved outside of their faculty bubble.

Historically, town criers used to inform us of the news. Thanks to advances in technology and social media, we can now share information with anyone, from our next-door-neighbour to Elon Musk.

It’s a big responsibility.

Engaging in the exchange of free thought, belief, and expression—which are protected under the Canadian Charter—requires humility. When sharing our unique perspectives, we invite the possibility of being wrong, a reality we sometimes need to remember.

In the same spirit of humility and engagement, if something I say in this column sparks interest, I encourage you to extend the conversation by writing a Letter to the Editor and sending it to


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