McMaster Students Union urges city council to support LRT With city council set to vote on an environmental assessment, the MSU is making their stance known
Apr13

McMaster Students Union urges city council to support LRT With city council set to vote on an environmental assessment, the MSU is making their stance known

Yes, it’s time for another story about light rail transit in Hamilton. But this time, Mac students have a chance to make a difference. Hamilton city council will vote on passing an environmental assessment for the LRT route on April 19. The new assessment comes after slight changes were made to the route. Despite 50 separate votes in favour of the project, LRT remains a divisive issue. In an April 6 story, we wrote about how...

Transportation troubles? The future of Light Rail Trainsit remains murky as gridlock continues in City Hall
Apr06

Transportation troubles? The future of Light Rail Trainsit remains murky as gridlock continues in City Hall

There is an emerging concern that delays to the Hamilton Light Rail Transit approval may result in cancellation of the entire project. Last week, Hamilton city councillors met for 13 hours to discuss issues related to the LRT, with the hopes of garnering provincial approval for an environmental assessment. This approval serves as a prerequisite to signing a master agreement with Metrolinx to improve the coordination and integration of...

Working to end racism Local groups collaborate to critically look at racism which exists in Hamilton and how it intersects with other issues
Apr06

Working to end racism Local groups collaborate to critically look at racism which exists in Hamilton and how it intersects with other issues

In collaboration with several other organizations, McMaster Womanists have taken on a bottom-up approach to addressing racism within the city of Hamilton through the Anti-Racism Action Initiative. The Anti-Racism Action Initiative is a grassroots, discussion-based series of events hosted by the McMaster Womanists meant to tackle the various intersections of race and community issues. The first event took place in late Nov. 2016 and...

Cannabis right by campus Local dispensary focuses on offering alternative remedies to over 300 conditions
Mar31

Cannabis right by campus Local dispensary focuses on offering alternative remedies to over 300 conditions

It may be hard to imagine, but there is a marijuana dispensary just a few minutes away from campus. Nestled in Westdale Village lies a store with a casual spa-like façade. This is Pacifico, and while the words “Mind, Body and Soul” printed on the storefront resonates with a leisure experience, the shop deals almost exclusively in medical marijuana. Pacifico is positioned conveniently in a high-density of McMaster student residences....

What we learned from each other Aimed at facillitating informed discussion, Broad Conversations gathered people of various backgrounds to discuss issues that matter
Mar31

What we learned from each other Aimed at facillitating informed discussion, Broad Conversations gathered people of various backgrounds to discuss issues that matter

The standard definition of the term “broad” means to cover a wide scope of area or subjects. The informal definition? A woman. Broad Conversations, an idea surrounding communal discussion, held its first gathering on March 21 at 541 Eatery and Exchange, gathering over 50 like-minded woman-identified, non-binary and gender fluid folk to discuss issues that matter. The idea behind Broad Conversations emerged out of a desire for...

Turning housing into homes Local tavern will be turned into affordable housing units to address Hamilton’s growing housing crisis
Mar24

Turning housing into homes Local tavern will be turned into affordable housing units to address Hamilton’s growing housing crisis

What stood as a popular entertainment destination in its early days is being restored into affordable housing units for those who need it most. Located at 250 Parkdale Avenue North, George and Mary’s Tavern was a popular banquet hall, with entertainment on the lower level and affordable apartments above. Over the years, however, the building had been neglected. The conditions of the building have deteriorated, becoming infested with...