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OPIRG McMaster restructuring to make the most of its resources After a referendum that lowered their funding, OPIRG McMaster has cut costs and changed how they work
Oct25

OPIRG McMaster restructuring to make the most of its resources After a referendum that lowered their funding, OPIRG McMaster has cut costs and changed how they work

Photo by Kyle West Ontario Public Interest Research Group McMaster is focusing on more efficiently empowering students to make a difference in the community following a referendum in January 2018 that lowered students’ contributions to our OPIRG chapter from $8.07 per student to $5.50. The organization tackles social and environmental issues through funding student projects and other community organizations. This year, OPIRG McMaster...

Mac fights back against expected minimum wage freeze Fight for $15 and Fairness has been voicing opposition to the provincial government’s plan to scrap Bill 148
Oct25

Mac fights back against expected minimum wage freeze Fight for $15 and Fairness has been voicing opposition to the provincial government’s plan to scrap Bill 148

Photo by Kyle West On Oct. 23, the provincial government officially scrapped Bill 148, which had called for a rise in minimum wage to $15 in 2019, in addition to a number of protections for workers. Premier Doug Ford claims that Bill 148 was “too much, too fast” and a “job killer.” The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has opposed the labour reforms and further minimum wage hikes, arguing that the recently instituted higher minimum wage has...

McMaster’s new innovation minor sees unexpectedly high enrollment The program will open up over 50 more Innovation 1X03 spots in the winter term
Oct25

McMaster’s new innovation minor sees unexpectedly high enrollment The program will open up over 50 more Innovation 1X03 spots in the winter term

Photo by Kyle West By Elliot Fung This year, the faculty of engineering and the DeGroote School of Business partnered up to introduce a newly-minted innovation minor for McMaster students from all faculties. The minor offers a diversity of courses for students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, with syllabus titles like “From Founder to CEO” and “Persuasion, Pitching Skills and Marketing.” With enrollment far exceeding...

EFRT pushing for new CPR training device Q-CPR is slated to improve training for first responders on campus
Oct22

EFRT pushing for new CPR training device Q-CPR is slated to improve training for first responders on campus

Photo by Madeline Neumann By Balsam Fasih Changing standards of care are pushing the McMaster Students’ Union Emergency First Response Team to adopt Quality CPR, a training device that gives trainees feedback on the quality of their chest compressions. While it is not part of traditional CPR training courses, Q-CPR is quickly becoming part of changing standards of care for cardiac arrest patients, now being used by Hamilton’s...

How do Ward 1 candidates’ platforms differ? While candidates agree on the importance of many of the election’s key issues, they are proposing different steps to tackle them
Oct18

How do Ward 1 candidates’ platforms differ? While candidates agree on the importance of many of the election’s key issues, they are proposing different steps to tackle them

By Elliot Fung The Ward 1 councillor candidates are promising a number of changes that aim to improve McMaster student life. While ideas such as support for landlord licensing and the light rail transit project can be found in multiple platforms, the candidates differ in their approach to some key areas. With the constant rise of housing prices, affordable housing, which includes student housing, is considered a top priority for all...

What weed legalization will mean for students on campus McMaster’s smoking ban policy also applies to cannabis, but some specifics remain unclear
Oct17

What weed legalization will mean for students on campus McMaster’s smoking ban policy also applies to cannabis, but some specifics remain unclear

Photo by Grant Holt By Drew Simpson As of Oct. 17, Canadians 19 or older, including the majority of McMaster students, will be able to legally possess up to 30 grams of cannabis and purchase weed from the Ontario Cannabis Store and regulated retailers. However, despite the update in federal legislation, McMaster is staying firmly committed to its smoking ban. As defined by McMaster’s “Tobacco & Smoke-Free University Policy,”...