Campus Catch Up from The Queen's Journal, Nov 2 2021

NewsAMS survey alleges disproportionate targeting of students of colour by police

In response to Queen’s $350,000 payment to the City of Kingston ahead of Homecoming celebrations in October and the subsequent petition against over-policing propelled by the AMS, the Social Issues Commission (SIC) is asking students to share their experiences with Kingston Police in an anonymous form.

  “...the people that have been reaching out to us—they are saying that most of the people they know that were detained [over the Homecoming weekends] were people of color,”

      —Samara Lijiam, AMS Social Issues Commissioner

With more survey responses coming in and over 1,500 signatures on the AMS petition so far, Lijiam is hopeful for a change to how Queen’s approaches policing. Read the full story here.

Sydney Ko, News Editor
NewsNew provincial legislation advocates for work-life balance

On Oct. 25, the Ontario government introduced “right-to-disconnect” to promote work-life balance, the first law of its kind in Canada.

“I think many of us know our respective organizations [...] expect emails sent in the late afternoon or the evening hours to still be replied on the same day,”

   —Matthias Spitzmuller, Associate Professor at Smith School of Business

The proposed legislation would require workplaces with more than 25 employees to develop policies that allow workers to ‘unplug’ from their jobs outside of work hours, including setting expectations for email response times and turning on “out-of-office” notifications. Read the full story here.

Sydney Ko, News Editor

Sports: Queen’s Rowing takes home 12 medals at OUAs

The Queen’s Rowing team found success on the water last weekend, coming away with five gold and seven silver medals at the OUA Championship held in Welland, Ont.

Fifth-year Gavin Stone captured gold in the Men’s 1X, while fourth and second-years Lucas Austin and Kyle Nummi won the Men’s 2X. All three were also a part of the crew who took home a gold medal for the 8+—a first, according to head coach Rami Maassarani. Read the full story here. 

—Natara Ng, Assistant Sports Editor

Lifestyle: The ‘Toronto girl’ lifestyle can seep into Queen’s culture

Toronto has always represented the big city lifestyle I’ve dreamed of embodying. In my mind, it’s the closest Canadians can get to New York City.

However, being a “Toronto girl” is an exclusive way of living, gatekept by high rent and $16 cocktails. 
Read the full story here.  

—Alysha Mohamed, Lifestyle Editor

Though distinct environments, Toronto and Queen’s have striking similarities. (Illustration by: Violetta Zeitlinger Fontana)
Catch-up on Friday's campus news: 

News: Students talk police presence over homecoming weekends

Despite outcry from Queen’s students against over-policing in the University District, both Queen’s administration and Mayor Bryan Paterson supported the large police presence. Read the full story here. 

—Rida Chaudry, Assistant News Editor
Recent reads

Editorial: Stop pressuring people with non-Western names to accept anglicized nicknames

From Mohammed to “Mo,” Hung to “Hunter,” Debelah to “Deborah”—Canadian society often pressures people with non-Western names to accept nicknames molded to whiteness. Confronting the racism that drives this expectation is long overdue.

A name is an important part of one’s identity. Asking folks with non-Western names, particularly immigrants and people of colour, to go by another moniker isn’t nothing—it’s a marker of Canada’s desire for assimilation rather than multiculturalism. Read the full story here.

Journal Editorial Board

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2021-11-02 09:24:06 -0400