Local news matters Community papers across Canada will close soon. How does this affect you?
Nov30

Local news matters Community papers across Canada will close soon. How does this affect you?

On Nov. 27, the two largest newspaper publishers, Postmedia and Torstar, swapped 41 papers. No money was exchanged. 34 papers in southern Ontario, one in Winnipeg and one in Vancouver will be shutdown. Nearly 300 full-time and part-time employees will be affected. However, it is estimated that each company will save between $5 million to $7 million annually as a result. The companies also state that they will remain committed to local...

Why we’re moving away from the report card Evaluating the board of directors is impossible with the resources available to the Silhouette
Nov23

Why we’re moving away from the report card Evaluating the board of directors is impossible with the resources available to the Silhouette

As the News Editor, I have made the executive decision to cut the McMaster Students Union board of directors report card we typically print in the last issue of the Silhouette before the exam break. Instead, we will print a check-in where we consider how far the board has come with their year plans. In previous years, the Silhouette published report cards where the staff evaluated the work the board has done so far in their term. As a...

Upcoming special issues What do you want to see out of our big projects?
Nov16

Upcoming special issues What do you want to see out of our big projects?

On Apr. 9, 2015, one week after the final weekly paper of the academic year, the former arts and entertainment section known as ANDY had its last 24-page magazine. The direction and focus of the section in the 2015-2016 year lead to the magazine being discontinued, and was not revived with ANDY’s merging with the Lifestyle section in 2016-2017. On Feb. 10, 2016, we had our last Sex and the Steel City magazine, which was distributed at...

Moving up hiring without due process Without informing students in due time, hiring the new cohort of PTMs will leave out qualified candidates
Nov09

Moving up hiring without due process Without informing students in due time, hiring the new cohort of PTMs will leave out qualified candidates

On Nov. 1, 11 part-time manager positions were posted on the McMaster Students Union employment page and will be up for two weeks until Nov. 15. Most of the jobs are usually put up later in the year, which calls into question whether the hiring board has considered the challenges this date change creates. For those unfamiliar, a PTM is the coordinator or director of one of the 35 MSU services offered. Always a full-time student, a PTM...

Corrupted live stream archives Issues with archives can inhibit the ability to double-check reporting
Nov02

Corrupted live stream archives Issues with archives can inhibit the ability to double-check reporting

On the Sept. 28 editorial entitled, “The McMaster Students Union’s lack of communication,” it was noted that a significant chunk was cut out from the archives from the Sept. 24 Student Representative Assembly meeting. This has not changed. It remains just over an hour long, a fraction of a much longer meeting, and 17 minutes of that is a break. The Oct. 28 meeting promised topics like Aidan Johnson and updates about ward 1,...

Your money and HSR complaints Poor and inconsistent service should not go unnoticed
Oct26

Your money and HSR complaints Poor and inconsistent service should not go unnoticed

On Jan. 16, the students of McMaster voted in overwhelming support in favour of continuing the relationship with the HSR when it comes to the bus pass contract. The first round of voting had only 574 votes out of 7,231, not including abstentions, against any form of bus pass in the McMaster Students Union referenda. The Graduate Students Association had a similar result with only 18.3 per cent of students against their HSR referendum....