Volume 147, issue 20
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Uncontested AJA wins confidence
From left to right: Jared den Otter, Alexandra Samoyloff, Alexia Henriques.
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Chinese New Year couplets torn down in Victoria Hall Cindy Liang and her roommate hope for a greater focus on inclusivity in residence A ysha T abassum Opinions Editor On the first night back from their winter holiday, Cindy Liang, Comm ’23, and her roommate decided to hang posters in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Minutes after they finished decorating their door in Victoria Hall on Jan. 5, Liang’s roommate heard papers being torn down in the hall, followed by laughter. The girls peered outside their room to find their couplets in pieces on the floor as a group of male students disappeared around the corner. Liang decided against confronting the
students out of fear for her immediate personal safety. In an interview with The Journal, she detailed contemplating whether they were intoxicated and considering the absence of security cameras in the halls of residence. The next night, Liang reached out to Residence Life staff, her don, and the Commerce Office to report the incident via email. Soon after, Genevieve Meloche, Residence Life coordinator, set up a meeting with the girls to file an incident report. Days later, the Commerce Office also initiated a meeting with the Diversity and Inclusion coordinator for the program, Mofi Badmos. Commerce students are able to book appointments with Badmos via email or through an online portal, which had not been working for the past two months. After The Journal inquired, the link was fixed. The incident wasn’t reported to residents of Victoria Hall by Residence Life to alert them of the misconduct. “We were very disappointed by an incident in early January that saw some door decorations and unrelated posters torn down in Victoria Hall,” Leah Wales, executive director at Housing and Ancillary Services
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wrote in a statement to The Journal. “We strive to foster an environment where everyone feels welcome and included, and this kind of reckless behaviour works against those efforts,” she continued. Liang remembers initially being angered by the incident, finding it “ironic” that such an event could occur even when “Queen’s [Student Affairs] puts diversity in its shared values.” As she began to receive this support, Liang detailed “not feeling as much fear as the night that [the posters were torn down],” but she still wonders what may have occurred if she hadn’t locked her door. Following the meetings with Residence Life, an investigation was launched into the incident by Meloche, which began more than a week after the girls hung up their Chinese couplets, following Meloche’s submission of a report to the Non-Academic Misconduct Intake Office (NAMIO). On Jan. 23, Liang and her roommate received an email telling them the investigation had concluded after one of the students responsible came forward to their
Following months of deliberation, SGPS Council voted to relinquish the Society’s investments in oil and gas on Jan. 14. The council also voted to sign onto QBACC’s call for Queen’s to divest from fossil fuels. The vote comes after months of Council debates about how the decision would impact graduate students’ future career and research opportunities. The Society didn‘t respond to The Journal‘s request for a breakdown of its former oil and gas investments. “It was the second or third month in a row that we had discussed and debated the question of divestment because [the discussion] was split into two parts,” SGPS President Jeremy Ambraska said in an interview with The Journal. Ambraska said the discussion surrounding divestment wasn’t centred on whether the SGPS should withdraw their own investments from fossil fuel companies, but the councillors’ differing opinions about whether the SGPS should
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2020 Society Election Results Raechel Huizinga News Editor
excited, I think there’s going to be a lot of good changes,” she said. SGPS
As voting closed Wednesday night, 28.3 per cent of AMS members voted to elect next year’s undergraduate student leaders. AMS
Voters elected Team AJA, comprised of President-elect Jared den Otter, Vice-President-elect (Operations) Alexandra Samoyloff, and Vice-President-elect (University Affairs) Alexia Henriques, as the Society’s next executives. The team secured 82.3 per cent of votes to secure the student body’s confidence. Den Otter said the team is “ecstatic.” “We are so thankful; we are so excited for the upcoming year. We put our heart and soul into President-elect Jared den Otter on Wednesday night. this, and we are ready to help our students, and we are ready student engagement. That’s why you.’ Tomorrow, we get to work to listen, and we’re ready to work we got into this. I’m very excited on that. That’s what matters— together. We are so ready,” he told to get into the office. I’m excited tomorrow we get to work.” The Journal Wednesday night. to learn how the system works D’Alessandro also thanked Samoyloff expressed similar and make sure that system is as Team Chris and Taylor: “From gratitude. “Thank you so much accessible to students as possible. our consultation meetings to all to everyone that believed in us I’m just very happy—very in the our discussions with Arts and and supported us. I think we moment right now.” Science students, it’s been an appreciate all the feedback and incredible journey. I couldn’t thank support and we’re so excited and ASUS Chris and Taylor enough, current thankful to do our best.” ASUS Council, and everyone Henriques added that she’s “so Team David and Matt, comprised for their support, especially my excited, so thrilled.” of Student Senate Caucus Chair running-mate and good “This feels like a dream. We’re David Niddam-Dent, ArtSci ’22, friend, David.” really excited to work together and Matt D’Alessandro, ArtSci ’22, Yuen said he was happy for for the next couple of months and have been elected the president Team David and Matt. “It was an transition with the current exec.” and vice-president of ASUS for the incredible campaign, I think, in 2020-21 year. terms of both sides. We really Rector In one of only two contested want to thank David and Matt for elections across both the AMS running such a positive campaign Queen’s International Affairs and SGPS this year, Team David and keeping it really respectful,” he Association President Sam and Matt were elected over Team told The Journal Wednesday night. Hiemstra has been voted Queen’s Chris and Taylor, comprised of 37th rector, replacing Alex da Silva Chris Yuen, ArtSci ‘21, and Taylor Engineering Society in the first uncontested rector Magee, ArtSci ‘21. election in at least two decades. “[We’re] just so excited to get In an uncontested election, Spencer Hiemstra received 93 per cent to work. That’s what it is. I want Lee gained a vote of confidence to of votes, securing confidence from to first thank Chris and Taylor— become the next EngSoc President. both AMS and SGPS students. they ran an absolutely incredible “I feel excited,” he said at Clark “It feels incredible to see all campaign,” Niddam-Dent told Hall on Wednesday night. “I’m glad these student leaders out here The Journal on Wednesday night. to see a bunch of my friends out, celebrating,” he told The Journal “When we started this campaign, I’m very happy that Clark was able on Wednesday night. “We all love we said, ‘We’re bringing ASUS to to have us here. It’s a great place
Storied Queen’s radio station fails to secure mandatory fee in Winter Referendum Food bank, Golden Words gain mandatory fee status Raechel Huizinga News Editor When the results for the AMS Winter Referendum arrived Tuesday night, all but one fee were successful. With 52.7 per cent of students voting no, campus radio station CFRC failed to secure that status. The station first lost mandatory status last year after the Student Choice Initiative (SCI)
was implemented, resulting in significant financial losses. Station Manager Dinah Jansen was unable to comment on the referendum results. With 65.4 per cent of students voting in favour of the transition, satirical newspaper Golden Words will leave its former optional status behind and return to mandatory fee status in the fall. The AMS Food Bank also secured mandatory status, with 80.7 per cent of students voting in favour. In the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) referendum, voters established a mandatory fee for the Graduate Peer Support Centre. All other fees passed in the referendum. The continuation of
optional fees for Queen’s Concrete Toboggan, Friends of MSF: Queen’s Chapter, Oxfam, Queen’s First Aid, Queen’s Female Leadership in Politics, Queen’s Bands, the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare, and the Queen’s Debating Union fee were all successful. Fees were established for Queen’s Women in Leadership, Queen’s Students 4 Special Olympics, and the Queen’s Undergraduate Women and Law Club. Full results are available on the AMS website. firstname.lastname@example.org
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to be elected. It’s a familiar place and it’s a place that’s always filled with great memories. I’m very confident and I look forward to the coming year.” The EngSoc executive team for the 2020-21 year is comprised of V i c e - P re s i d e n t - e l e c t (Operations) Ben Zarichny and Vice-President-elect (Student Affairs) Alex Koch-Fitsialos. “I feel amazing, I feel the best I’ve ever felt,” Zarichny told The Journal Wednesday night. Koch-Fitsialos shared Zarichny’s excitement. “I’m really
With 25.3 per cent voter turnout, the SGPS elected Justine Aman its next president. Aman received 92.1 per cent of votes, securing confidence in an uncontested election. “I want to extend my compliments to all of the candidates and clubs in both the SGPS and AMS election and referendums for running such wonderful campaigns. Special congratulations to all successful parties; student democracy is such an important part of academia and I am very excited to see how everyone steps up to fulfil their platforms,” she told The Journal in a post-election statement. The SGPS 2020-21 executive is composed of Vice-President-elect (Community) Anthony Lomax, Vice-President-elect (Finance and Services) Tamara Mitterer, and Vice-President-elect (Professional) John Jeyaratnam. In one of only two contested elections across the AMS and SGPS, Vice-President-elect (Graduate) Courtney Bannerman was elected over Rohit Shukla.
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presentations to the SGPS Council in late fall 2019 to explain what divestment meant, support QBACC’s petition for Queen’s specifically for the University and Canada. to divest. He said council conversations may have “They [SGPS councillors] were just gotten “stuck in the weeds” about concerns concerned that if Queen’s moves forward raised by councillors about the definition with divestment that that may have a of a fossil fuel company and what materials negative effect on graduate students were made by fossil fuel companies. specifically at Queen’s,” he said. “QBACC was there initially to talk about, In 2019, the University’s investments, in broad strokes again, what they’re asking donations and corporate-backed research for the University to do, and then respond to performed collectively made up 10 of some specific questions about what counts Canada’s largest oil and gas companies as a fossil fuel.” and contributed over $600,000 dollars in Despite differing opinions voiced during research alone. council meetings, Ambraska said the SGPS “Some students expressed concerns with is now focused on adding their voice to the QBACC’s petition because graduate students push to encourage Queen’s to tackle climate are working for fossil fuel companies here change at Queen’s and their researches could be “I think moving forward, we’re hoping related to green technology,” Ambraska said. to add another voice to the push and QBACC’s petition, which appeals to the drive to encourage Queen’s to tackle students, faculty and alumni to add their climate change in the most appropriate way voice to their call for the University to divest, possible,” Ambraska said. “I think there’s an describes fossil fuel companies and their understanding, even amongst students that investors as immoral for profiting off of were more skeptical about it, that climate environmental degradation. change is a humongous problem.” “Students voiced concerns about Ambraska said the timeline surrounding funding or vilifying unnecessarily fossil SGPS’s divestment from fossil fuels is fuel companies, and especially affecting uncertain. He said the SGPS was not looking the research that engineering student or a to incur penalties by divesting their money chemical engineer would be doing on green before the reinvestment period came around. technologies,” Ambraska said. “The direction, subject to where the Ambraska added that Canada wasn’t incoming executive takes this, would be ready to completely give up fossil fuels putting those screens on where we make anytime soon, saying that different investments moving forward.” communities are affected in different ways. Ambraska said SGPS President-elect “It was mentioned briefly by the rector Justine Aman was present at the vote as that Indigenous communities for example, the director of the Social Sciences and or people in northern Canada still rely on Humanities Research Council and heard fossil fuels for heating and stuff like that,” the concerns raised in the discussion about he said. “Obviously tomorrow Canada’s not divestment. ready to go off fossil fuels.” Aman was unavailable for comment at Ambraska said QBACC did make the time of publication.
Liang, Victoria Hall resident, grateful for support Continued from front... don with a confession. The student expressed that they didn’t intend to target anyone and requested to send an apology letter to Liang and her roommate. Meloche said in the email that she had suggested to the Residence Life Coordinator for Victoria Hall, as well as Liang’s don, that a “conversation about destroying people’s decorations and posters be addressed at the next floor meeting.” From their initial meetings, it was understood by Liang that the actions of the responsible students would be reflected in their personal records. The email sent by Meloche regarding the investigation’s conclusion didn’t explicitly say that this action was taken. Following the incident, Liang said she’s feeling safer, but she’s still unsure whether the posters were torn down as a result of her being targeted for her nationality. She thinks there’s a significant chance that the male students in the hallway just “pulled
[the posters] off because it was fun.” She’s since noticed other students hang Chinese couplets in residence which weren’t torn down. Liang said she’s grateful to Residence Life for their handling of the incident, as well as to the Commerce Office for their added support. Moving forward, she said she feels students and faculty can “shoulder more responsibility in [discussing] how diversity really benefits a community.” She said she also feels that minority students have a significant role in dealing with acts which may be racially motivated. She urged them to ask for help from the resources available to them when they need it, rather than coping with the pain alone. “We should tell students who are not born in Canada to cherish their identity, or be proud of themselves. When you need something, go and ask for help instead of crying in your dorm or complaining with others,” Liang said. email@example.com
Auston Pierce at Senate on Jan. 28.
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After Senate debate, fall term break to be attached to Thanksgiving Senate committee to begin review process immediately Carolyn Svonkin Assistant News Editor The controversy over the fall term break has come to a conclusion. At Tuesday’s Senate meeting, a motion, originally brought to Senate by the Senate Committee on Academic Procedures (SCAP), was passed unanimously—with two important amendments based on an AMS student survey. Senate was under a time crunch, as prolonging setting sessional dates for the 2021-22 year would have brought the University up against provincial codes, which in turn would have put Queen’s students’ OSAP eligibility in jeopardy. The first amendment added the current two-day break to the Thanksgiving long weekend in 2021-22. The second requires the University to start a review process of the break immediately, rather than next year, as was originally proposed. Student Senate Caucus Chair David Niddam-Dent rose to criticize the SCAP motion. “If the recommendations of [the AMS survey on the fall term break] were followed, this motion would be quite different,” he said. “The fourth year of the break, 2021-22 would have a two-day break attached to Thanksgiving, and that would be listening to the voices of those students who responded to the survey.” Niddam-Dent raised concerns about the proposal to push review of the break into the 2020-21 school year, which would mean two of the graduating years who had experienced both the break as is, and no break, would no longer be at Queen’s. “These students have the best ability to comment on the break, and their voices will not be heard,” Niddam-Dent said. Another issue raised was SCAP’s role in the review process. “Given that student feedback wasn’t considered by SCAP, given that students who sit on SCAP do not have the same platform for student consultation as someone like Auston [Pierce, AMS president] does, we believe SCAP is not the right body to carry out this review,” Niddam-Dent said. Senator Jordan Morelli raised concerns that moving the break earlier in the semester may make it too early. He also said he believes the review should be left to SCAP.
AMS President Auston Pierce responded by explaining that, in his consultations since taking office in May, students have expressed a strong preference for the Thanksgiving extension, which would bring Queen’s in line with many other post-secondary institutions across the province. “A lot of students feel as though there are financial accessibility issues, there’s travel and distance, that all come in as factors as why they can’t go home and take those mental rest days with their family and friends,” Pierce said. Senator Diane Beauchemin agreed with Pierce and Niddam-Dent. “The break is for the students, so the students should decide how they have it.” The motion was amended to attach the two-day break to Thanksgiving and passed. It was then further amended to require the University to start its review this year. That amendment passed as well. Pierce and Niddam-Dent spoke to The Journal in an interview after Senate. “The University hadn’t done any review or survey or created any plan to evaluate the impacts of the fall term break,” Pierce said. “[SCAP] has to work alongside the AMS, the SGPS, other student senators and students, so that we can be asking the right questions,” he said. “It’s also really important they carve enough time out for themselves to conduct this.” Niddam-Dent agreed it’s important that SCAP commits appropriate time to the review. “SCAP only meets once a month, usually for an hour and half or two hours. That’s not going to be enough to do the review they’ve been tasked with by Senate,” he said. Pierce and Niddam-Dent also spoke of frustrations students had with what they felt was the University’s lack of consultation on the fall term break. “Students were listened to in the end,” Pierce said. “What happened at Senate was a lot of us rallying together, alongside a lot of faculty senators, to make sure that student voices were heard. That’s the value of student leadership at all levels of our institution.” Niddam-Dent sees the passing of the twice-amended motion as a cause for optimism about the University’s willingness to listen to student’s desires. “When we’re together, and we bring the University that data, that faculty senators and the administration are willing to listen to us,” he said. “It’s really important for us to be optimistic about what we can achieve when we’re united.”
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Students start late-night Princess Street ramen shop Two Queen’s student and one late-night ramen shop Sydney ko Assistant News Editor By day at 342 Princess St., one might be familiar with the Soup Can, a restaurant specializing in homemade soup, sandwiches, and pretzels. By night, from Thursday to Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., the store is transformed into a late-night ramen shop. What started out as a love for anime, and a clothing company started by the two, eventually became a home for Fragil Ramen Shop, run by Queen’s students Ty Ellis (ArtSci ’21) and Caspin Stillwell (ArtSci ’21). Ellis and Stillwell said their plan to open a late-night ramen shop started when they decided
to reinvent their clothing brand, Fragil*. In an interview with The Journal, they explained they wanted to find a way to reach out to more people and to get the brand out to the public. It was through a lot of work with the Kingston community that people slowly began to learn about their clothing brand, Stillwell said. However, after a trip to the Soup Can and conversation with the owners of the store, the two found themselves setting up the late-night shop. “We started talking and then the next thing we knew, we were on the same page about opening up the night spot in Kingston,” Ellis said. Fragil Ramen Shop currently carries three items on their menu, ramen noodles with beef, udon noodles with beef, and a veggie option. Ellis said they like to keep things simple. “The simpler it is, we feel like the more people will enjoy it,” he said. “We feel like if you put the right work in and the right ingredients
Stillwell and Ellis at Fragil Ramen Shop.
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into simple things like your soup broth, your food will still be really good,” Stillwell said. With much of its inspiration from Japanese and Chinese culture, Ellis and Stillwell also told The Journal the store has a projector playing different anime TV shows, including Dragon Ball Z and Naruto. “The whole point of the shop is to make an environment where it feels welcoming, but also fun,” Ellis said. “We want to make sure that we’re creating an environment that feels good, family or friends, we want everybody to feel like we’re
valuing them.” Stillwell added that Fragil Ramen Shop is an addition for people who want to grab late -night food. “Everywhere closes except McDonald’s, and it gets really busy,” he said. “Opening up another shop that stays open until 2:30 am, we figured, satisfies the community.” “We take our time at what we do because we greatly enjoy it,” Ellis said. According to Ellis and Stillwell, Fragil Ramen Shop had its first opening on Jan. 23. “It was a super fun day,” Ellis
said. “From our opening at 10 p.m. to our closing at 2:30 a.m., we had a full shop with almost no breaks.” “The best part about our shop is we can get a decent amount of people in there and we can serve them quickly,” he added. According to Ellis, there are currently four people on staff, with three people working in the shop. “We’re already in the process of training some new employees, so hopefully Fragil Ramen Shop is here for a long time,” Ellis said.
get a new coffee.” During the launch on Feb. 5, both Common Ground and The Tea Room will be giving out free coffee for participants with HuskeeCups. According to Conrad, people can still purchase HuskeeCups after the giveaway. Maggie Williams (ArtSci ’21), vice-president of QBACC, told The Journal the club had a set budget to support their campaign on plastic waste reduction on campus. After consulting with different
clubs and services on campus, they eventually reached out to Common Ground to further assist the Cup Swap Program. “What we ended up doing is helping fund a sort of bursary program so that the first launch that we have, we’ll be able to give out a large amount of them for free for students,” Williams said. “We’re really hoping to encourage students to participate and essentially buy into this program for free so that they’re
enrolled for life,” Conrad said. According to Maclennan, there are participating cafes all over the world. “If you were to go to Ottawa, you could bring your cup to any of the participating cafes and get a new one there,” she said. However, both Common Ground and The Tea Room will be the first coffee shops in Kingston to be using HuskeeCups, she added. “I guess down the road, we’re really hoping to see this program to expand on campus.”
Pushing for sustainability, campus coffee shops to launch reusable cup giveaway
Pushing for sustainability, campus coffee shops to launch reusable cup giveaway Sydney Ko Assistant News Editor Common Ground, The Brew and The Tea Room will be giving away reusable cups to students on Feb. 5 as part of a new collaborative initiative to reduce single-use waste. By collaborating with Common Ground, The Tea Room, Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC), and HuskeeCup, a company that makes reusable mugs, the services will launch the CupSwap program to reduce disposable cup waste on campus. When she discovered Common Ground Coffee had produced 180,000 disposable cups in the last academic year alone, Purchasing and Catering Manager Ellie Maclennan, (ArtSci ’19), thought it was time to find a better solution. “We knew we needed to do something to tackle this problem because we’re just one of the cafés on campus,” Maclennan said in an interview with The Journal. In the beginning of the year,
Maclennan said Cogro decided to do a cup giveaway to tackle the disposable cup problem. “We give out reusable cups to try to reduce barriers for students to access reusables,” she said. After meeting up with different clubs on campus, Maclennan said Common Ground launched the program and gave away 1,000 cups in October. The coffee store also offered discounts to people who brought the reusable cup from home. While the giveaway received a positive response, Maclennan said the number of disposable cups didn’t drop. Instead, students don’t keep up with the habit of using the reusable cup, she said. “We didn’t see those habits continuing, especially during exam season when students are [busier],” she said. After much deliberation, Common Ground reached out to The Tea Room, a campus café run by the Engineering Society, to conduct the cup swap program. HuskeeCups are non-toxic reusable coffee cups made from coffee husks. “HuskeeSwap is essentially like a lifelong subscription,” Gretha Conrad (ArtSci ’19), head manager for Common Ground said. “When someone purchases one mug, they can always bring it back to all the participating locations to get a new mug every single time they
CoGro, The Tea Room releasing HuskeeCups on Feb. 5.
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Features IN-DEPTH STORIES FROM AROUND CAMPUS AND IN THE COMMUNITY
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Meet the lawyer who’s defending students against Kingston landlords John Done reflects on career, talks “slumlords” and academic appeals Rachel Aiken Features Editor In a small office on Bagot St., John Done works into the evening. On the wall is a child’s crayon drawing of a house in the sunshine. He’s taken the case of a young boy who’s been suspended from school twice this year. The boy’s mother says his +behaviour arises naturally from his disability—but the school board disagrees. John Done, a local lawyer, has been defending Queen’s students and Kingston community members for 31 years. It’s the little things he does—like offering drives home after hearings in court or buying them lunch out of pocket—that make Done someone extraordinary. Currently, he’s working the case of a woman whose Ontario Disability Support cheque is being reduced because she didn’t report income while she was acutely ill from bipolar affective disorder. The next day, he’ll represent a 60-year-old man with disabilities who was forcibly evicted from the Kozy Inn on Princess St. with no notice because it claims to be a motel. Done, executive director of Kingston Community Legal Clinic (KCLC), practices law to provide services for those who are disadvantaged within Canada’s justice system. Sometimes, that includes Queen’s students who find themselves in a dispute with a local landlord. After working in private practice for two years, Done transferred to work in psychiatric hospitals, helping those who were involuntarily detained get out. But, after three years, he missed going to court. Done moved to Kingston in 1986 and applied for funding to open the KCLC. Nine months later, the funding came through and Done, initially a member of the board of directors, was hired in August 1988. He still remembers the date exactly. The
clinic is community-based, and only serves those who are low-income or marginalized, providing services not typically covered in private practice. “I’ve worked here continuously since and I’ve never had an unhappy day,” Done said in an interview with The Journal. For Done, choosing work because it’s important to somebody, regardless of their capacity to pay, offers him more job satisfaction than earning a six-figure salary on Bay St. in Toronto. He sees his work as an opportunity to address systemic injustices that disproportionately affect low-income people—and Done has devoted his life to it. ***
“Seeing a lawyer is like seeing your priest or your rabbi. We don’t pass judgment, we just help,” Done said. He’s represented students threatened with eviction from Queen’s residences for misbehaviour and those in rental properties across Kingston. As previously reported by The Journal in 2018, a household of Queen’s students on William St.—who faced more than $10,000 in damages from landlord Phil Lam—had the claim reduced to $700 thanks to Done. The students went to Done at KCLC for help after their hearing was scheduled during exam season. Despite already working more than 10 cases, Done offered to represent them—and drove them home after court too. When asked why he goes the extra mile for clients, he simply said he happens to like all the people he represents. “I have a daughter who I hope will be a Queen’s student in September, and if she were required to go to a court or an administrative tribunal, I’d want to make sure that there was an adult over 25 who was going to be looking after her,” he said. “I don’t want it to sound like I infantilize Queen’s students—they are smart, motivated people—but when they’re interacting with the justice system, that’s typically not an area where they belong.” Although most of the cases KCLC deals with are housing issues, he’s also represented students when they have disputes with the University itself. Some of the most
satisfying work he’s done is with academic appeals, which he says he enjoys for two reasons. “Having had to withdraw myself in my first year, I’m aware of the multiple opportunities for students to fail or to be forced to withdraw from university, and those opportunities fall more heavily on low income students who don’t have a parent who graduated.” Done is the first person in his family to graduate high school, let alone university and law school. He said the opportunity to intervene, to keep a student in school and potentially make a difference to the happiness and earnings in their lifetime, is tremendously rewarding. Second, Done said he believes administration can be heavy-handed when it comes to student appeals, so working on them forces administrators to justify their cases against students. “It gives back some dignity to the student that she might have lost in the course of whatever difficulty she was having, and it signals to that student that she has rights.” ***
Several times each month, landlords in Kingston make applications to the Landlord and Tenant Board to terminate a tenancy due to alleged damages, he said. Because of the frequency of these kinds of cases, Done and his team, William Florence and Sarah Forsyth, are well-versed in the proceedings. Several landlords—who Done wouldn’t identify, but referred to as “slumlords”—apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board every week to evict tenants or obtain orders requiring them to pay. “We get to know all the regular names,” he said. “And these have changed over the 31 years I’ve worked here, but they’ve changed remarkably little.” According to Done, being a housing lawyer in Kingston is different than in other university towns because most of its housing stock is decrepit, and aging rapidly. He said he doesn’t think it’s as bad as it was 10 or 20 years ago, but many
students don’t enforce their landlords’ duties to maintain their property. And, at the end of the year landlords can sue these tenants for further damages, often resulting in a court date during the exam period so students struggle to prepare their case and appear in court. Done stressed it’s important for students to engage with the legal issues they face and that they have a right to be heard. According to him, landlords will typically overreach, filing claims for more money than they’re entitled to. “It’s like the old adage, that 80 per cent of it is just showing up—about 80 per cent is just engaging in the dispute,” he said. He doesn’t typically represent individual students who have disrepair problems. But, when landlords take eviction action against a household, particularly during exam time—when Queen’s Legal Aid (QLA) isn’t operating—KCLC takes on the case. Most of the time, he said, only about 20 per cent of cases where tenants engage a lawyer make it to a hearing. They can be settled or tossed out without a formal hearing. According to Done, a potential benefit of students paying attention to property maintenance is to combat rising rental prices in the University District. If landlords don’t uphold their duty to maintain properties—mandated in standard leases—tenants can apply for rent abatement by appealing to the Landlord and Tenant Board for a portion of the rent paid back. Done sees rising rental prices in the University District as nothing new. He said landlords know that students are prepared to pay more than other community members, basing their decision on the assumption that it’s the students’ parents who are paying. “Landlords will always charge what they can,” he said. “And when housing turns over, when there’s a new lease, there’s no restriction on what they can charge.” “If students can learn how to assert themselves with the help of a lawyer, that’s a great lesson to obtain before they graduate.”
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Anti-abortion film screening promotes misinformation, not debate Universities should act only as hosts for conversations about controversial issues —not as purveyors of their own beliefs and agendas. Earlier this month, King’s University College at Western University hosted a screening of the highly controversial film Unplanned, which depicts a woman’s journey from working at Planned Parenthood to becoming a pro-life advocate. The screening on King’s campus was organized and hosted by the campus’ ministry. When it comes to the right to access abortion, there is little to debate aside from individual beliefs. The procedure has been legal in Canada since 1988, and abortion is publicly funded as a medical procedure under the Canada Health Act. The decision to have an abortion—or not
to have one—is a personal one. Regardless of conflicting beliefs, the procedure is legal, and every Canadian is entitled to access it. Each individual can do with that legal access what they feel is right for them. The argument in favour of debate and discussion on contentious topics demands equal respect for conflicting beliefs. But the choice to screen Unplanned isn’t a step toward any productive discussion. The film itself is a sensationalized anti-abortion perspective. Unplanned is rife with belief-fueled misinformation and falsehoods about abortion as a medical procedure. It cannot be justified as a tool for productive discourse surrounding abortion when it has been denounced by medical professionals for misrepresenting key facts about the procedure and gestation.
Every student should be able to vote in campus elections Pamoda Wijekoon
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As some Queen’s students opened their inboxes on Tuesday to view this year’s student election ballots, the absence of that
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Unplanned’s depiction of Planned Parenthood is another problematic aspect of its narrative. Abortion is one of the many important services Planned Parenthood provides. STI testing, hormone therapy, and birth control are just a few examples of the numerous supports the nonprofit organization facilitates and supplies to people in the US. Painting Planned Parenthood and similar non-profits as antagonists to reproductive health and autonomy is not only blatantly untrue, but actively harmful. The organization’s outreach is unparalleled, and people shouldn’t be turned off of it based on pro-life propaganda. As an educational institution, King’s College—and Western—must hold themselves to a higher standard. Places of education owe their students honest, informative, and factually accurate information, particularly on topics as Many students choose to opt out of this fee for financial reasons. University is expensive enough, and not all students are able to pay for additional optional fees. For many, opting out isn’t a choice, but a necessity. To restrict their rights due to their financial capabilities is an alienating miscalculation on the part of the AMS. The idea of buying into AMS membership misrepresents the role the Society plays on campus. The term ‘membership’ implies exclusivity. However, regardless, every undergraduate student is impacted by the AMS while they’re at Queen’s. It’s hypocritical to bar students who are unable to afford to pay for the full slate of student fees from exercising their right to vote to decide on which of those same fees they are obligated to pay, just as it’s hypocritical to keep them from accessing on-campus employment opportunities that could help bridge that financial gap.
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Placing a barrier between students and their right to vote takes away those students’ choices in their representation, and their input in the decisions that are made for them. It keeps them from accessing opportunities that would enrich their time at Queen’s and bolster their chances to enter post-graduate programs and the job market successfully. It also perpetuates a culture that marginalizes underprivileged students while opening doors for those who can afford to have those doors opened for them. For a society that’s facing a downturn in student engagement, a lack of universal suffrage only further distances students from the AMS. Democracy shouldn’t be something that students have to buy into—it should be a right. Pamoda is The Journal’s Assistant Arts Editor. She’s a fourth-year political studies student.
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However, it also perpetuated my eating disorder. Discovering that OCD was an underlying issue for me was a huge relief—it felt like a missing piece to the puzzle, and it helped me to identify and interrupt my self-defeating patterns. I couldn’t have had this clarity without someone on the outside looking in who had years of experience to draw on. 3. Getting healthy is possible, and it’s easier than you think
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What I wish someone had told me when I had an eating disorder at Queen's This article discusses eating disorders and may be triggering for some readers. The Canadian Mental Health Association Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-875-6213.
for change—and just wanted my life back. So, I focused on being healthy instead of thin. Finally, I was open to try something new. That first year at Queen’s marked a turning point for me, because it led me to do something I was hellbent on not doing: asking for help. As Canada’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week approaches (Feb. 1 to 7), I want to tell you information that took me years to understand—and I’m not alone in my experience. One in four teenage girls spend 20 to 90 per cent of their waking time worrying about food, weight, and hunger. And for Canadian university-age people, between 10 and 20 per cent of females and four to 10 per cent of males suffer from a full-blown eating disorder. Sadly, these rates are on the rise. We need to change those statistics. A good place to start is understanding the surprising truths that can help break shame, stigma, and silence.
My four years in Kingston were a defining chapter in my life. When I arrived as a first-year student, I was already entering my sixth year of obsessive dieting. I was constantly trying to stick to my restrictive food plans. As soon as I made a ‘mistake,’ I’d think I ruined everything and would have to restart the next day. That meant I was always on and off diets, and, without realizing it, building unhealthy habits between diets. For years I was caught in the vicious cycle of starving, bingeing, and purging. But I didn’t see the pattern. In my mind there were days I was ‘good’ and days I lacked discipline. Deeply confused and ashamed of all my disordered behaviours, I kept them secret, even years after I got healthy. As time went on, I found new ways 1. An eating disorder is usually an to punish myself if I ate something I indication of high-achiever traits regretted—even a tiny bite. For instance, I’d make myself skip class, miss the sports I The shame comes from thinking, “I loved, and cancel any social plans. have an eating disorder because I have no I thought that the more of my life I put self-control”—but actually, most people on the line, the more pressure there’d with eating disorders are givers, go-getters, be to eat exactly what I planned. I didn’t and perfectionists. And it’s these admirable recognize it back then, but following my diet traits that can lead someone to get lost in perfectly was more important to me than the details and make eating unnecessarily losing weight. complicated. Once your energy is redirected All the while, I pretended everything in toward your interests, these traits make you my life was great. I didn’t want anyone to feel unstoppable. worry about me. But in reality, my life was When I couldn’t lose weight, I blamed slowly unravelling. myself instead of my method. I kept thinking, Eventually I hit rock bottom—something “I just need to be more disciplined.” But no I don’t recommend because it isn’t necessary matter how hard I tried, things kept getting
worse. I was afraid my life would never change, even though I wanted it to. Now, thanks to the resources that were available to me at Queen’s, I understand that I had all the wrong eating and exercise information. If you only have the toaster manual, you’ll never fix the fridge. 2. Asking for help is a strength
I was reluctant to speak to a doctor or tell anyone about my complicated relationship with food. I thought I was weak and lacked willpower. Overcoming my eating disorder on my own felt like my only chance to prove I was the determined person I felt I used to be. That meant I was hellbent on fixing myself alone. Now, I know reaching out to experts stops us from wasting time trying to reinvent the wheel ourselves. That’s the same reason we go to the hair salon, bring our pets to the veterinarian, and bring the vicar in to perform an exorcism. After that professional guidance, we can continue to move forward with our own expertise. Here at Queen’s, you have the incredible choice to ask for help. You can get healthy, figure out who you are without your eating disorder, and connect to the world with your interests. When I went down to Queen’s Student Wellness Services, I got on the road to recovery. First, I was referred to a doctor who specializes in eating disorders. Then, I was diagnosed with OCD, which is a condition that has helped me excel at school and sports, led me to create a self-esteem program for children, and played a part in so many other things I’m proud of.
One of the first things I learned in my recovery was what healthy eating and exercise actually look like. Here’s a hint: It’s not diet soda, skim milk, rice cakes, or working out constantly. I realized that a healthy body is the result of healthy habits, which is a message incongruent with all the diet rules, tips, and tricks that I’d collected over the years, promising to make me ‘look’ healthy if I made extreme sacrifices. As soon as I started being healthy, things came together quickly. When I was kind to my body, food and weight became a non-issue, and have continued to be a non-issue for the last 20 years. Big problems don’t need big solutions. Recovery is all about letting go of the idea that you’re not trying hard enough. Work smarter, not harder. Ask for help so you can get healthy, accurate information. The available resources won’t be perfect, but they will help you patch together a plan that works for you. There were times I thought my eating disorder ruined my life. I kept wondering who I could’ve been without it. But then, I realized that obstacles are an education—one you can’t get in a textbook or a lecture hall. My eating disorder taught me how to be resourceful, resilient, solve problems, focus on the big picture, appreciate the small stuff, and have empathy for others—if I didn’t understand myself, how could I judge someone else? Overall, I learned that the rough experiences we undergo in our lives are fertilizer for the future. I’m a better person than I would have been for having had this experience. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of disordered eating, you can not only get healthy, but you can thrive. If you see yourself, or someone else, in any part of my story—whether it’s mental health, addiction, trauma, grief, abuse, or anything else disrupting your life—I hope you’ll talk to someone you trust and book an appointment at Queen’s Student Wellness Services. Be proactive. Write out a few things that describe your typical day so you can refer to your notes. And make sure you share your story even if your voice shakes. When we surround ourselves with people who care and have knowledge to share, we go further than we ever could alone. Special thanks to Dr. Stephen McNevin, the founding director of the Division of Psychiatry at Queen’s, who helped me get the information I needed to turn my life around at a time I needed it.
Kelly Clark is a ’98 Queen’s alumni blogging about mental health and eating disorder recovery.
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Margo shows heart on, off the ice Queen’s clinches playoffs with weekend sweep
Queen's forward blends hockey with humanitarian work to make an impact
Shootout marathon, RMC tune-up go Gaels’ way
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When Eric Margo joined the Queen’s men’s hockey team in 2016, he never imagined he would become one of its greatest leaders athletically, academically, and in the community. Coming in, the economics student and Vancouver, B.C. native wasn’t a top recruit. He was told he wouldn’t be guaranteed much ice time. The coaching staff were bringing in a slew of talented players, so Margo’s odds were slim. He saw it as an opportunity. “If I was going to show up, I was going to try my hardest,” Margo said in an interview with The Journal. “I ended up playing 28 games that year, and was a starter in the U SPORTS Men’s National Quarter-Finals, which was an incredibly rewarding accomplishment.” According to Queen's Head Coach Brett Gibson, Margo feels he wasn’t a top recruit because he didn’t play in the Canadian Hockey League prior to Queen’s like the majority of his teammates. Instead, Margo played for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, a Junior A team. Despite this, “he was exactly what we were lacking,” said Gibson. “We targeted a player like him who had a drive that could not be measured on the score sheet at the end of a game.” Alberni Valley Head Coach Kevin Willison agrees, citing Margo’s hustle as a factor that enabled him
Queen’s was back in action this past weekend in the Limestone City, and the Gaels played a hard-fought pair of games to clinch a playoff spot. The men’s hockey team swept their weekend, earning wins over the nationally-ranked University of Ottawa Gee-Gees as well as their rivals across the Causeway, the RMC Paladins. Saturday night’s action at the Memorial Centre saw the Gaels hosting the Gee-Gees. The Gee-Gees have been a dominant force in OUA Hockey since their return to the league, and they currently sit third in the OUA East. This season, the Gee-Gees are averaging 3.32 goals per game, which is no surprise considering the sheer volume of their shooting— Ottawa leads the league in shots taken, averaging an astonishing 40.36 shots per game. The Gee-Gees' ability to apply pressure and play aggressive offensive hockey would prove to be a challenge for the Gaels. The first period of play was relatively tame, with neither team scoring. It was evident early on that the Gee-Gees were going to try and use speed and offence to win this game. The Gaels adjusted well and played solid defensive hockey throughout the second. After battling back and forth all period long, the Gaels were awarded the only power play of the game when Ottawa was assessed a tripping minor late in the frame. However, Ottawa boasts the best penalty killing unit in the OUA, killing them at the superlative rate of 89.2 per cent, and they stymied the Gaels this time. Five-on-five hockey resumed, and with just over one minute remaining in the second period
Margo was presented with the Douglas Murray Scholarship on Jan. 10.
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to make an instant impact. “When Eric was given the opportunity to play for Alberni, it didn't take long for him to show how hard he worked each and every shift he was on the ice,” said Willison. His hard work paid off, but Margo’s true strength lies in his positivity, selflessness, and desire to make a difference. One initiative he’s passionate about is the Autism Mentorship Program. Since 2017, this local not-for-profit organization has connected young people on the autism spectrum with student-athletes. Over the course of one-on-one outings, youth interact with new people, environments, and activities to improve their motor and social skills, while simultaneously forging long-lasting and meaningful friendships with their mentors. “I’m fortunate to be in the position I’m in. It’s important to go out and support others if you have
the means to do so,” explains Margo. “The personal relationships I’ve formed with the youth in Kingston are so special and dear to me.” In January, he was honoured as this year’s recipient of the Douglas Murray Scholarship, established by Murray and Donna Douglas to recognize academic and athletic excellence from a varsity hockey player at Queen’s. “It was extremely humbling,” says Margo. “I've been fortunate enough to have past role models and mentors within our organization who have laid the foundation for me to follow. It's nice to be recognized for how far I've come and where I am now.” “Eric earned this award by the way he matured and grew over his time at Queen’s,” added Gibson. “He is now mentioned in the same sentence as some of the top people to come through our program.”
shutting him down, and they have to focus on the team, and we come out on top in that battle.” DeGroot’s strategy quickly came to fruition—the Gaels played to their strengths with resilient team play in the first set, while Ryerson was forced to scramble and find other points of attack on offence. Reliable team chemistry, as well as determination and grit, led Queen’s to a hard-fought 25-21 set win. A point that epitomized Queen’s play was when a long rally ended with a beautiful set by Zane Grossinger and an electric spike by Zac Hutcheson that won Queen’s a crucial point. The momentum stayed with the Gaels into the second set. They stuck to their plan and played every point like it was their last, even if it meant laying out into the barrier outlining the court, like libero Lukas Kaufman did to propel them to win the point, and getting the crowd on their feet in the process. With the Ryerson team struggling to string any rally going, the Queen’s team tightened their stranglehold on the game, winning the set 25-20. Finally, in the third set, with Ryerson’s back against the wall and the Queen’s team smelling blood,
they put the game to rest. It was the closest set of the whole match, 25-22, but spectators could sense the Gaels wanted the game more. Limited errors, especially on the serving side for Queen’s during this set, was a deciding factor in the win. Coach DeGroot had several takeaways from the match. “I thought we did a great job of executing our defensive game plan, they have got a lot of offensive weapons.” “We definitely neutralized those weapons from our tough serving, but when we came to our block and our defence, we executed, and scored a lot of points on our transition offence.” The next night, the Gaels lost to the University of Toronto (10-1) 3-1, including a marathon third set that ended in Toronto’s favour, 34-32. Queen’s is now second place in the OUA East, behind Toronto and ahead of Ryerson. With only five games left in the season, the men’s volleyball team is a virtual lock to make the playoffs—the question now is whether they can secure home-court advantage for the post-season.
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Gaels dismantle Rams
Men’s volleyball sweeps visiting Ryerson Jack Heron Contributor Riding a six-game win streak, the Queen’s men’s volleyball team was on fire in a three-set sweep of the OUA East’s third seed, Ryerson. Queen’s has now won five straight against the Rams. Even before the game had started, it seemed as if each set would be a battle, which may be in part to facing Rams’ outside hitter Xander Kertzynski, who leads the country in kills per set. Head Coach Gabriel DeGroot did his research, however, and it was clear he had a strategy for facing a player of Kertzynski’s calibre. In a post-game interview with The Journal, Coach DeGroot explained Queen’s approach: “With a team like us, we neutralize [an explosive offence] by coming at it with a lot more zones of pressure, whereas they’re coming at us with one-zone pressure.” “We’re able to focus in on
of play, the deadlock was broken. Ottawa’s Marc Beckstead fired a shot past Gaels’ netminder Luke Richardson, and the Gee-Gees were up 1-0. To start the third period, the Gaels were putting on pressure, attempting to beat Ottawa at their own game. The strategy paid off, and just 27 seconds into the third, Eric Margo was able to find the back of the net on assists from Alex Rowe and William Brown. The game wouldn’t remain tied for long though. Midway through the third period, the Gee-Gees' high-octane offence was able to provide them with another scoring opportunity, which they took full advantage of. This time it was Connor Sills scoring his ninth goal of the season to give Ottawa a one-goal lead. Queen’s, now desperate and down a goal with under five minutes to play, started to pour the pressure on. Using hard forechecking and smart defensive play, the Gaels were able to create turnovers and slow down Ottawa’s place of play. Then, with four minutes left in the game, Patrick Sanvido set up Eric Margo, who came through for the Gaels again to send the game to overtime. Neither team could end it in overtime, so the game was to be decided in a shootout. After his third-period heroics, Eric Margo was the first shooter for the Gaels. Margo came up empty in his attempt, and so did everyone after him. In a goaltending duel, seven rounds of shooters came up blank before Duncan Campbell was called on for the Gaels for their eighth attempt. Picking the puck up at centre ice, Campbell swooped towards the Gee-Gees’ net, made a quick move, and sent a snapshot past Ottawa’s Graham Hunt to win the game. On Sunday evening, the Gaels travelled an onerous 10 minutes to RMC’s Constantine Arena to take on the Paladins in a tune-up for next Thursday's Carr-Harris Cup.
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Joshua Hyslop is taking no breaks Hyslop plays The Mansion on Jan. 31.
Vancouver-based artist will play Kingston’s The Mansion Pamoda Wijekoon Assistant Arts Editor
When Joshua Hyslop was 21, he decided to give up pursuing music. His Canadian tour, which launched in Victoria, will bring him to The Mansion on Jan. 31. “I had to say to my friends and family, my girlfriend, that I was only going to keep doing music if things
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kept working out,” said Hyslop in an interview with The Journal. “I really wanted to do it, but I also knew the odds.” Then, after his Friday night farewell show at Vancouver’s Backstage Lounge in 2011, Hyslop was approached by Terry McBride. Bride is the CEO of Nettwerk Records, an international record company based in B.C., which at the time was located around the corner from the lounge, and invited him to a meeting the next Monday. That Monday, Hyslop signed with Nettwerk. Almost 10 years since that moment, he has released four full-length albums, gone on multiple tours, and played a
sold-out rooftop concert in Hawaii alongside Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. “It’s more than I ever thought I’d be able to do,” Hyslop said. Now at the tail end of his 2020 Canadian tour, Hyslop says he’s grateful for everything that brought him here and is excited to see what the future will hold. Hyslop first began playing music at 15 when his family moved to Scotland for a year. In an effort to make friends, he decided to teach himself the bass. Quickly discovering that it was not the instrument for him, he switched to the guitar and has been playing ever since.
He began his career with an indie-folk sound inspired by artists like Sufjan Stevens. Since then, he’s gravitated toward Canadiana. Hyslop is reluctant to genre his music in the realm of country music, so he focuses on the foundations of each song more than ascribing to any one genre. From the beginning, Hyslop has been working at a breakneck pace. His latest album, 2018’s Echos, came quick off the heels of his 2017 holiday album, and he anticipates the release of his yet-untitled fifth full-length album in July. Despite having released 70 songs over his career, he still gets the sense that every song he writes could
be his last. “Every time I finish a song, I always have this feeling like I just got lucky, and I’ll never be able to do it again,’’ he said. “It’s a very exciting moment, and also melancholic, like, ‘I think I’m done.’ I really hope it’s not [the last song], but I don’t know.” Still, he shows no signs of stopping. Following the release of his new album, he plans to jump straight into recording the next one. His ultimate goal as a musician is simply to be more grateful for the life he gets to lead. “I get to do music for a living, and that’s already pretty incredible.”
of Indigenous people. We also see these pipeline projects as being potentially harmful to the ecological stability of the region.” The Coastal GasLink pipeline project that would run through Wet’suwet’en land. Challenges to the project saw the company being taken to court in 2019, but a Supreme Court judge ruled against the Indigenous community’s cause, allowing the project to progress. As a result, the Likhts’amisyu are still defending their land. “The focal point of these efforts has been the Unist’ot’en Camp, a long-standing territorial re-occupation built directly in the path of the proposed pipeline corridor,” Felina said. “In January 2019, the RCMP raided the camp and ushered in pipeline workers. […] A few months later, the Likhts’amisyu clan began constructing their own re-occupation village, and vowed to defend their territory from resource extraction at all costs.” In 1997, the Delgamuukw v British Columbia Supreme Court ruling upheld Indigenous claims to large portions of land in B.C.—including the land involved in the pipeline building—and affirmed “Aboriginal title as
Indigenous peoples’ exclusive right to the land.” It’s an ongoing battle for the Indigenous community to defend unceded land, especially against action which could cause harm to the environment. That’s why SOUTH NODE decided to throw their annual dance party and donate the proceeds to support the Wet’suwet’en cause. “We think it’s important to host cultural events that strengthen communities here in Kingston while also extending solidarity to political projects that inspire us to fight for a better world.” All of the organization’s events in the future will be specifically tailored to relevant political and social issues. “Our goal is not only to raise money, however, we would also like to foster events that are inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community, people of colour, and folks who generally don’t feel like they fit into the popular party culture here in town.” In a written statement, headliner DJ Kilombo explained why he felt the dance party is such a good way to bring awareness to the issue. “Parties can bring many people together who may not otherwise interact with each
other, thus making them good spaces for raising awareness about social issues. There is also a longstanding tradition of music being political,“ he said.
“I don’t think consuming media should be purely about escapism; I want it to expose us to difficult ideas that help us make sense of the world around us.”
Grad Club hosts annual charity dance party for Indigenous rights
SOUTH NODE DJs come out to support the sovereign Likhts’amisyu clan Rhiannon Jenkins Contributor
A range of DJs will provide a soundtrack of an eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop, and dance favourites this Friday, all for a good cause. On Jan. 31, the Grad Club will host SOUTH NODE’s winter edition dance party to fundraise for and bring attention to the Likhts’amisyu clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia’s fight against the controversial Costal GasLink pipeline project. “We’re just a collective of musicians and organizers who like to throw parties and support rad political projects,” Chlo Felina, a spokesperson for SOUTH NODE said in a written statement. SOUTH NODE explained why they’re supporting the sovereign Likhts’amisyu clan. “We strongly believe in the sovereignty and self-determination
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How to improve your bad hookups Fixing the pleasure gap, one orgasm at a time Tegwyn Hughes Assistant Lifestyle Editor Recently, I wrote a Journal feature about the orgasm gap: the proven phenomenon where women are less likely to orgasm during partnered sexual activity than men, especially during sex with men. The purpose of my article was to highlight the sexual experiences of female-identified Queen’s students. This led me to the ultimate conclusion that women at Queen’s having casual sex with men were missing out on a lot of pleasure. Because the orgasm gap is more likely to affect cisgender women in sexual relationships with cisgender men, this article does focus on certain combinations of partnerships above others, with language specific to cisgender individuals. Same-gender pairings typically have high partnered orgasm rates
nearly equal to orgasm rates during self-pleasure. Additionally, very little clinical research has been conducted concerning orgasm rates for trans people during partnered sex. As a result, this article is pretty heteronormative. However, heteronormativity is a huge reason the orgasm gap exists: people having predominantly mixed-gender sex do need this advice the most. Using information from a previous interview conducted with Caroline Pukall, a professor in the Queen's psychology department who primarily researches sexual function, dysfunction, and sexual health, I drew up a beginner’s guide to partnered pleasure for anyone trying to close the orgasm gap in their own relationships. With some attention and open communication, you can ensure everyone benefits from sex. Penetration doesn’t equal pleasure
When it comes to classic views of what it means to have sex, the first image that might pop into your
head is penetration. However, this narrow view of sex excludes all the other acts that encompasses partnered and individual pleasure. If you spend your time working up to penetration instead of paying attention to the other things that can be pleasurable, there’s a chance that one person—most likely a woman if her partner is a man—won't be as satisfied. According to Professor Pukall, understanding that penetration is more pleasurable for the person penetrating than the person being penetrated is a great first step to increasing pleasure during sex. “Penis-in-vagina intercourse [...] will benefit the man, but doesn’t necessarily benefit the woman,” she said in an interview with The Journal. “We know that [this type of] intercourse is not the most reliable way that most women attain orgasm.” In fact, only about 25 per cent of women can reliably experience orgasm from intercourse alone. What that means for casual sex is that penetration shouldn’t be the only thing you focus on.
Lifestyle Foreplay can be main play Another common belief about mixed-gender sex is that certain forms of pleasure are part of foreplay: the build-up to the main event of penetration. However, most of the things we see as foreplay—oral and digital sex—are typically the most pleasurable for women. “The more common ways for female-bodied individuals to achieve orgasm is through clitoral stimulation, [...] external stuff,” Pukall said. Knowing this, the solution to the orgasm gap is fairly simple. Stop seeing penetration as the “goal” of sex, and start enjoying all the fun stuff that can happen before or instead of it. Even when penetration is going to be a part of sex, make sure everyone involved gets the pleasure they desire at some point. “Do what she likes that will bring her to orgasm before or even after intercourse happens,” Pukall said. “[Then] each partner leaves that situation having had a satisfying orgasm experience.” Communication is always key
At the end of the day, the orgasm gap exists in part because, when it comes to casual sex, it can feel awkward to bring up
your preferences. If you’re about to have sex with someone you barely know or don’t have a strong relationship with, asking for pleasure might be the last thing you want to do. However, according to Pukall, both members of a sexual relationship need to communicate in order to have the experience they want. “If the goal is pleasure, then people have to start getting used to asking for it, and having those somewhat explicit conversations,” she said. “Empower yourself in order to talk.” Do you like oral sex? Tell your partner. Hate being tickled in that one spot? Tell your partner. Know there’s something specific that will enhance your sexual experience? Tell your partner. Open up a dialogue about what pleasure means to each of you, and create an experience that will leave both of you happy with the outcome. This advice might seem simple, but we’ve spent a lifetime being conditioned to think of sex in a very specific, linear context. Media, porn, and peers have taught us to have sex a certain way, and going against that conditioning can feel awkward. However, if you want to ensure that both you and your partner(s) are having equal amounts of fun, keep these tips in mind.
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Growing closer to my parents while away at school POSTSCRIPT
Benjamin's self-exploration as a Queen's University student strengthened his relationship with his parents.
How distance and experience has helped me understand my parents and myself better Benjamin Beggs Contributor University usually marks the first time that teens move away from their home and their parents, and when they really start developing into independent young adults. This might especially be true at Queen’s, with 95 per cent of its student population originating outside Kingston and from over 100 countries. It’s during this time that we have the opportunity to learn more about ourselves. In my case, I’ve also been fortunate enough to discover more about my parents and their influence on me. Before coming to university, I knew numerous facts about my parents. My father graduated from Queen’s in 1983 with an electrical engineering degree, and my mother finished university the same year with a dietetics degree from McGill. My maternal grandmother insisted that my mother and aunt have a formal, post-secondary education, while my father was the first Beggs family member to graduate university. On my father’s side is a lineage of farmers, while my maternal grandmother went to university at a time when far fewer women did than do
today. Both my parents obtained their master’s degrees from the University of British Columbia and pursued professional industry careers afterwards. We all know these kinds of things about our parents, but my knowledge of my parents has specifically evolved as I gain more life experience as an undergraduate. By living away from home to study engineering physics, I’ve developed my identity and independence in a way I wouldn’t have back home.
I've developed my indentity [...] in a way I wouldn't have back home.
My academic life has ended up looking similar to my father’s. Last year, in my general first year of engineering, I had lectures in many of the same rooms as he did, took similar courses to his, and experienced the engineering student culture that prides itself on students’ passion throughout all of these years. Recently at a local Kingston restaurant, my father and I chatted for most of our meal about electric circuits. In 1980, he would have taken ELEC221, a course I took in 2019, serving as an introduction to the specialized study of circuit theory. Because of our shared experience taking this course, which hasn’t changed much since the 1980s, my father and I were able to have a unique and meaningful technical conversation. I think it’s a luxury to be able to talk with a parent about these kinds of things, especially when not everyone has taken
these courses. On the other hand, my exploration of my Catholic faith on campus has helped me better understand my mother’s influence on me. As I’ve matured and learned more about my faith through involvement with other Catholic students and groups on campus, I’ve come to see how my mother gave me a basis for the beliefs I have about human value and ways to lead a meaningful life. These similarities I share with my parents have led me to identify with some things about them that I hadn’t previously, and have helped me understand their influence on me. I’ve also grown more aware of some of the exciting ways in which I’m a unique individual with undiscovered potential. For example, last semester, I was personally motivated to teach a three-hour programming workshop for the Engineering Society’s EngLinks tutoring service to about 100 first-year students. I was busy with course work at the time, and it would've been easy not to take on that responsibility, but it was important to me to gain some teaching practice. The workshop was a great experience for me, which helped confirm some of my natural interest in teaching. It was important for me to do this because it was something that I, without inspiration from my parents’ histories, wanted to explore. Since coming to Queen’s, it has been a principle of mine to make the most of the opportunities that exist only on a university campus, to discover more about myself. I’ve competed in numerous engineering competitions, joined faculty organizations and clubs, written for The Journal, and tried my best to use the educational
resources of my instructors and peers to expedite my growth as a student. My friends know, as I’ve said many times, that I’ve had a splendid, rich experience during my time so far as a Queen’s student. There is no place I would rather study, and I’m getting a wide-ranging education. During this period of growing maturity and perspective, I’ve come to empathize with and understand my parents in a ne w way. It means more to me now than ever before that my father is an engineer and worked away at an Engineering degree here in the 1980s, now that I find myself pursuing similar studies and considering a similar career. It means more to me now to know that my parents were academically studious at university, now that I realize the sacrifices and hard work required to accomplish that. I’ve learned to more deeply appreciate some of the hard-earned values my parents have developed, and to better understand how difficult and demanding regular life can be.
I've learned to “ appreciate [...] the
hard-earned values my parents have developed.
One of the reasons I push myself to work hard and succeed at school is because I believe doing so will help me to develop some of the virtues I appreciate most in my parents. I’m often motivated to become more fluent in mathematics and physical system modeling to develop the disciplined technical skills my father has. I am similarly motivated
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to always try and treat others with kindness, respect, and dignity like my mother does. Though my beliefs and values are reflective of those of my parents, my ownership over these ideas is my own, as I’m the one who develops them. My way of life was set in motion by my family, but left to unfold in the world at large by me.
My way of life was “set into motion by
my family, but left to unfold [...] by me.
In this strange way, living far away from my parents has made me closer to them. It’s interesting how distance works that way. By understanding myself better, I’ve come to understand them better, and understand the world around me better. I think this kind of experience is actually quite common, and one of the reasons why undergraduate years are considered so formative. Family is important to me, as it is to many of us. I will spend most of my life living apart from my parents and siblings, and university marked the beginning of that period in my life. My life now is largely my own to hold and shape, and though I’m developing into an independent member of society, I will always carry a debt to my parents for their raising me. That’s why I believe that we would all benefit from reflecting more on the influence of our parents and how they’ve affected our identities, regardless of our age or where we are in life.