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McMaster and CUPE have drafted an agreement A ratification vote will take place tomorrow
Dec11

McMaster and CUPE have drafted an agreement A ratification vote will take place tomorrow

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor On Nov. 26, 89 per cent of the Canadian Union of Public Employes 3906’s Unit 1 members voted in favour of ratifying a tentative agreement with the university, thus avoiding a strike. CUPE 3906 Unit 1 represents research and teaching assistants in both graduate and undergraduate programs at McMaster.  Voting began on Nov. 25, immediately following CUPE 3906’s Special General Membership Meeting. At this...

Did we choose student life? Two months out from the SCI rollout we still don’t know the numbers but some services are feeling the impact
Nov28

Did we choose student life? Two months out from the SCI rollout we still don’t know the numbers but some services are feeling the impact

September 2019 marked the first of possibly many registration periods in which students could opt-out of student union fees deemed non-essential. This change, instituted by the Government of Ontario in January 2019, is part of the widely criticised Student Choice Initiative. In the past, McMaster’s student union fees for all clubs and services have been mandatory. Non-essential fees range from a few dollars, like the $1 fee for Mac...

Responding to women’s homelessness during the winter Without funding, shelter services struggle to address the needs of homeless women in Hamilton
Nov28

Responding to women’s homelessness during the winter Without funding, shelter services struggle to address the needs of homeless women in Hamilton

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor By Christina Reed, Contributor Every winter, many women in Hamilton find themselves without a safe, warm place to sleep.  Without protection from the elements, these women struggle to survive. As affordable housing in Hamilton becomes increasingly inaccessible, the number of homeless women in Hamilton in need of emergency shelters rises each year. According to a 2018 community profile from the...

SCI deemed unlawful Collective student action leads to legal victory, but what lies ahead is uncertain
Nov28

SCI deemed unlawful Collective student action leads to legal victory, but what lies ahead is uncertain

Photos by Andrew Mrozowski / A&C Editor  On Nov. 21, the Ontario Divisional Court struck down the Student Choice Initiative, a controversial directive introduced by the provincial government which required universities and colleges to allow students to opt-out of student fees deemed “non-essential.” Three judges unanimously ruled that the government did not have the legal authority to interfere with the autonomous and democratic...

Freedom of expression on campus A pro-life protest on Oct. 30 is raising concerns about the limits of protesting on campus

By Wei Wu, Contributor On Oct. 30, pro-life demonstrators stood by L.R. Wilson Hall carrying signs with images of aborted fetuses. It is not clear whether the demonstrators were students at McMaster, or whether they had connections to any existing clubs. According to Michael Coutu, a student at McMaster, the demonstrators exposed passersby to their signs and distributed pamphlets, which contained graphic images of aborted fetuses....

Designing the workplace Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld studies digital fabrication and what it means for those about to enter the workforce
Nov14

Designing the workplace Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld studies digital fabrication and what it means for those about to enter the workforce

Photo by Matty Flader / Photo Reporter As accelerating technological advancement changes the digital landscape, the role played by social institutions like schools, companies and the government will shift. Students entering the workforce may be faced with the aftershocks of this digital shift and are looking to prepare themselves.  On Oct. 2, students filled McMaster’s LIVElab to hear Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld discuss the potential...