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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...

Hamilton students rally against OSAP changes The HSMN organized a rally in downtown Hamilton in hopes of galvanizing students and protesting Ford government changes
Feb08

Hamilton students rally against OSAP changes The HSMN organized a rally in downtown Hamilton in hopes of galvanizing students and protesting Ford government changes

Photos by Catherine Goce On Feb 1, the Hamilton Student Mobilization Network, a local activist group, hosted a rally at Gore Park in downtown Hamilton to protest the government’s proposed changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program. The event featured various speakers including Angie Perez, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees 3096, and Sandy Hudson, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto. “Students have gone to...

Mac researchers developing therapies for diabetes Current projects aim to explore treatments and test medicines to prevent metabolic disease
Feb08

Mac researchers developing therapies for diabetes Current projects aim to explore treatments and test medicines to prevent metabolic disease

Photo by Catherine Goce By: Abirami Sudharshan In October 2018, the McMaster faculty of health sciences launched the “Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research,” an initiative ten years in the making.   Since then, the centre has been working to engineer novel clinical applications in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of adult and juvenile metabolic disease. According to the agenda from the Oct. 18 McMaster board of...