McMaster releases first public draft on freedom of expression guidelines Ad hoc committee report details recommendations about free speech and protests on campus
Feb16

McMaster releases first public draft on freedom of expression guidelines Ad hoc committee report details recommendations about free speech and protests on campus

McMaster has released the first public draft of its guidelines on protest and free speech on campus, in which it outlines what the university considers acceptable forms of protest at campus events. The university released two documents: a report of their own findings and a guideline draft. In the report released from the ad hoc committee on protest and freedom of expression, McMaster laid out the rationale behind recommending the...

Zero-tolerance policies and practices in  elementary and secondary schools Campus activists and community members are working to prevent discrimination in Hamilton schools
Feb15

Zero-tolerance policies and practices in elementary and secondary schools Campus activists and community members are working to prevent discrimination in Hamilton schools

On Feb. 6, an activist group called HWDSB Kids Need Help facilitated a meeting at Sir John A.MacDonald Secondary School. This offered community members an opportunity to discuss their experiences of discriminatory treatment by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and its constituent schools and staff. The group came together after an incident at a Hamilton high school that involved police and a child with autism. The incident...

Elevating marginalized voices in Hamilton New coalition puts spotlight on artists of colour in Hamilton
Feb15

Elevating marginalized voices in Hamilton New coalition puts spotlight on artists of colour in Hamilton

By: Saad Ahmed The Coalition of Black and Racialized Artists is a Hamilton-based collective of artists of colour. COBRA serves as a creative outlet to racialized individuals and provides access to valuable tools and resources within each artist’s field, allowing them to showcase potential and grow their audience. The group is comprised of around 40 members from diverse racial backgrounds who are engaged in numerous arts communities...

A new lease on renting in Ontario The Ontario government and MSU are taking steps to help tenants understand their rights
Feb15

A new lease on renting in Ontario The Ontario government and MSU are taking steps to help tenants understand their rights

When he was in his third year at McMaster, Brad Tyler was living in the basement of a house in the McMaster community. In 2016, cockroaches began to infest the place. “The landlord was told several times that the bug problem was escalating and he didn’t consider the severity of the situation nor seem to act urgently,” said Tyler. It was not until the spring of 2017 when Tyler decided to cancel on his rent cheque until the landlord...

Celebrating women in STEM The IWISCI conference aims to support young women entering STEM fields
Feb15

Celebrating women in STEM The IWISCI conference aims to support young women entering STEM fields

By: Donna Nadeem McMaster students and faculty came together on Feb. 11, the United Nations recognized day of Women in Science and Technology, to celebrate and empower women in science and technology during their International Women in Science day conference. McMaster biochemistry and health sciences students developed the IWISCI day conference in 2017 as a small event that was focused on women in science and what kind of careers...

How the campus clinic stacks up The MSU health services report stresses the need for shorter wait times and more counsellors
Feb15

How the campus clinic stacks up The MSU health services report stresses the need for shorter wait times and more counsellors

By: Jackie McNeil The McMaster Students Union Student Representative Assembly’s Standing Committee on University Affairs, in collaboration with the MSU Student Health Education Centre, conducted a survey on McMaster health services from Oct. 23, 2017 to Nov. 10. A January 2018 report written on the health services review acknowledges that physical and mental health are important aspects of student life, and that the health services...