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Weed is the new steel So what is going to happen in April?

  In a few weeks, the question of whether Hamilton should host private cannabis stores goes before the city’s planning committee. Within the year before marijuana was legalized, the number of marijuana dispensaries operating in Hamilton had nearly tripled. With nearly 80 dispensaries popping up around the city, Hamilton had the most dispensaries per capita across Ontario, a testament to how huge the weed market really is in our city....

Boom, roasted We need you to roast us like a Rotisserie chicken

Working at a newspaper is a good time, especially when the mean comments come in. Here at the Silhouette, we’re no stranger to harsh comments. For real, just go through our Facebook reviews. For whatever reason, you folks think that you could do our job better than we can. Sure, maybe you could, but you don’t, so until you overthrow the staff at the Silhouette and claim the paper as your own, we’re asking you to roast us. Your student...

A call for McMaster to move towards greater transparency The university needs to ensure BoG and senate meeting agendas and minutes are accessible amid the Brighter World campaign

Back in September, a Silhouette contributor signed up to write a story about a piece of information that was stuffed into an old board of governors meeting agenda. While the contributor was working on the story, the agenda curiously vanished from the McMaster website. The agenda has since returned, being scrapped initially as a byproduct of the Brighter World redesign. However, the university must maintain a higher standard of...

The value of contributing Why your future self will thank you for getting your work published

Early on in my undergrad, one of my favourite professors told me that the best thing that you could do for your future self is to have published works under your belt. Sure, he was talking to a class of communication studies undergraduates and sure, having any kind of writing experience in the communications industry is a major asset. However, I believe more than anything else that this holds true to just about everyone. As a student...

Full steam ahead The LRT debate is tired, so why was it the only prominent issue this election?

This past municipal election came with special significance. It served as a pivotal moment for Hamilton, a moment that would decide whether the city would be moving forward with the $1 billion light rail transit system or not. While I’m grateful for those who fought tirelessly to bring something so obviously important to a city like Hamilton, I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed that so few councillor candidates discussed the issue of...

A call to keep the planned wage increase The MSU needs to follow through with their initial wage increase, despite the cancellation of Bill 148

A few weeks ago, the provincial government froze the minimum wage at $14 per hour and cut the planned increase to $15 per hour that was planned for January 2019. With this cut, many businesses, but not all, have decided to forgo the planned increase they had set up for employees. The McMaster Students Union should not be one of them. Studies have shown that the actual living wage in Hamilton is $15.85. The cost of tuition ranges, but...