Mac’s collaboration with the HSR The project comes in the wake of public frustration with transit in Hamilton
Apr05

Mac’s collaboration with the HSR The project comes in the wake of public frustration with transit in Hamilton

On March 26, the Hamilton Street Railway unveiled a research collaboration project with McMaster University aimed at consulting users about their experiences with the HSR in an effort to re-envision transit in Hamilton. However, it will be up to city council to determine whether or not the project will result in the implementation of tangible changes to the service. The interest in the project was sparked in May 2017, when Moataz...

Assessing safety in the McMaster community Campus crime is at a five year high
Apr05

Assessing safety in the McMaster community Campus crime is at a five year high

According to a report released by the crime analyst division of Hamilton Police, the McMaster community saw low levels of break and enter crimes in 2017. However, this does not reflect the campus crime scene, with a security services report highlighting that the university is seeing the highest number of reported crimes in five years. The analyst division report notes that beat 1161, which includes the Westdale area, saw 33 break and...

Making plans Hamilton’s proposed Downtown Secondary Plan sets the standard for future growth in the city, but some citizens are critical about its effects
Mar29

Making plans Hamilton’s proposed Downtown Secondary Plan sets the standard for future growth in the city, but some citizens are critical about its effects

The Original Downtown Secondary Plan, “Putting People First: The New Land Use Plan for Downtown Hamilton”, was the first formal plan developed for the downtown core developed in 2001. This plan was intended to foster a dynamic mix of urban residential, commercial and institutional activities. Downtown Hamilton has experienced significant changes since the plan’s initial draft 17 years ago. Signs of downtown Hamilton’s economic and...

Marching forward (one) The city of Hamilton has launched its latest participatory budgeting initiative and made strides to make it accessible to McMaster students
Mar29

Marching forward (one) The city of Hamilton has launched its latest participatory budgeting initiative and made strides to make it accessible to McMaster students

By: Donna Nadeem Students may have a say in how the municipal budget is spent, with the latest participatory budgeting initiative. Forward One is a municipal project where citizens of Ward 1 may vote for a new project to invest money in. Ward 1 was the first Hamilton region to adopt this method of a participatory budgeting to help engage community members in government decisions that directly impacts their lives. Every year, residents...

Your City Survey 3.0 is almost here The survey will be updated to collect more data from Mac’s commuter student population
Mar27

Your City Survey 3.0 is almost here The survey will be updated to collect more data from Mac’s commuter student population

During the next two weeks, students will be invited to participate in Your City Survey 3.0, the third version of an MSU survey aimed at collecting feedback about McMaster students’ perceptions and experiences in Hamilton. The survey was developed by the MSU in 2011 in response to students’ growing misconceptions about Hamilton, such as the idea that Hamilton cannot compete with metropolises like Toronto and Montreal. It asked students...

CUPE 3906 supports York and Carleton strikes Precarious employment continues to be a problem at McMaster and in post-secondary institutions across the province
Mar22

CUPE 3906 supports York and Carleton strikes Precarious employment continues to be a problem at McMaster and in post-secondary institutions across the province

In search of increased job security, the Canadian Union of Public Employees 3903 Units 1, 2 and 3 went to strike after six months of bargaining with York University. Employees at Carleton University also recently opted to strike, advocating for pension benefits in the wake of confusion over language in the collective agreement. While CUPE 3906 is still bargaining, a strike is not off the table. After rejecting the university’s offer,...