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McMaster embroiled in discrimination tribunal case The alumna is accusing the university of human rights violations, racial profiling, intimidation and harassment
Feb14

McMaster embroiled in discrimination tribunal case The alumna is accusing the university of human rights violations, racial profiling, intimidation and harassment

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives Over the last two years, Halima Al-Hatimy, a former McMaster University public health grad student, has launched multiple Ontario human rights complaints against McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences. She also has legal proceedings against McMaster officials Patrick Deane, Wanda McKenna, Sarah Dickson, Glenn De Caire, Joseph Zubek and constables Tyler Rogers and Peter Broz. Al-Hatimy’s issues with...

McMaster students study the prevalence of food insecurity on campus 51 per cent of respondents cited moderate levels of food insecurity
Feb14

McMaster students study the prevalence of food insecurity on campus 51 per cent of respondents cited moderate levels of food insecurity

Photo C/O Kyle West By: Donna Nadeem In the fall, An’am Sherwani, Asha Smith and Garry Vinayak, three students taking the SUSTAIN 3S03 course, conducted a new study on food insecurity on campus. The results reveal that 39 per cent of the 204 student respondents have experienced moderate food insecurity and 12 per cent have experienced severe insecurity. Food insecurity refers to the state of being without reliable access to a...

Mohawk students campaign for sharps disposal bins The organizers say the lack of a disposal system is dangerous and stigmatizing
Feb14

Mohawk students campaign for sharps disposal bins The organizers say the lack of a disposal system is dangerous and stigmatizing

Photo by Kyle West, Graphic C/O Mohawk sharps containers online petition Students at Mohawk College are campaigning for the school to introduce sharps disposal containers in washrooms. The Change.org petition campaign, being led by a group of six Mohawk students in their final year of the social service workers program, currently has over 100 signatures. Vince Soliveri, a campaign organizer, said the petition is driven by safety...

“This is a social justice and equity issue” — Residents unhappy with uncleared sidewalks Hamilton residents are upset that city sidewalks are making it impossible for older residents and those with disabilities to get around safely
Feb12

“This is a social justice and equity issue” — Residents unhappy with uncleared sidewalks Hamilton residents are upset that city sidewalks are making it impossible for older residents and those with disabilities to get around safely

Photo by Kyle West Following recent snowstorms that deposited as much as 40 cm onto Hamilton streets, some Hamilton residents are using social media to bring attention to the issue of snow-covered residential sidewalks. Currently, residents are expected to clear snow from their sidewalks within 24 hours of a “snow event.” If residents fail to comply, the city will issue a 24-hour “Notice to Comply,” followed by possible inspection and...

New Mac safety app’s effectiveness may be lacking The updated version of the app has new features, but does little to address more systemic student safety issues
Feb08

New Mac safety app’s effectiveness may be lacking The updated version of the app has new features, but does little to address more systemic student safety issues

Photo by Aaron de Jesus By: Elliot Fung In January 2019, McMaster Security Services announced an update to their mobile safety app, allowing students to receive safety alert notifications and information about campus safety resources. The app, which was developed in partnership with both McMaster and the McMaster Students Union, provides a centralised location for contact information for a multitude of emergency and non-emergency...

“It’s just frustrating”: students speak out against OSAP changes Over 17,000 McMaster students will be affected by the cuts
Feb08

“It’s just frustrating”: students speak out against OSAP changes Over 17,000 McMaster students will be affected by the cuts

Photo by Kyle West On Jan 17, the provincial government announced plans to change the Ontario Student Assistance Program and cut tuition by 10 per cent. The OSAP changes include requiring students to take out a loan when receiving an Ontario Student Grant, lowering the threshold to receive financial assistance, and eliminating the six-month interest-free period after graduation. On Jan. 31, more than 75 student associations across...