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PRIDE: Independent review looks into Pride 2019 events A 125-page report has found that Hamilton Police Services failed to prepare adequately for last year’s Pride celebration
Jun25

PRIDE: Independent review looks into Pride 2019 events A 125-page report has found that Hamilton Police Services failed to prepare adequately for last year’s Pride celebration

Photo C/O Will Erskine By Trisha Gregorio, Contributor On June 15, 2019, the annual Hamilton Pride event was disrupted by groups of homophobic and white supremacist protesters, resulting in a violent confrontation between them and some of the Pride attendees. The police had not been invited to the event due to the fraught history between them and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and complaints that the Hamilton Police Services took too long...

Queer politics in Hamilton: A year in review A look at the fraught relationship between the city of Hamilton and the local queer community
Feb13

Queer politics in Hamilton: A year in review A look at the fraught relationship between the city of Hamilton and the local queer community

Photo C/O Kristin Archer   Note: This article has been edited to clarify that Marc Lemire has been working for the city of Hamilton since 2005. cw: homophobia, physical violence, white supremacy, religious extremism The annual Hamilton Pride event held on June 24, 2006 was interrupted midway by a group of homophobic soccer fans. The soccer fans allegedly swore and spat on those marching in the parade, but the Hamilton police were...

Putting their business degrees to good use Toques from the Heart makes toques and supports children’s hockey programming
Feb13

Putting their business degrees to good use Toques from the Heart makes toques and supports children’s hockey programming

Photo C/O Toques from the Heart Website Casey Rogan and Matthew Milne, two level III commerce students at McMaster University, are collecting knit hockey socks and repurposing them into toques that they’ve been handing out to help vulnerable community members, particulary those facing challenges of homelessness, stay warm this winter. The duo has co-founded Toques from the Heart, a Hamilton-based non-profit organization that provides...

Dirty Homophobia at Dirty Dog’s Policies and recent incidents at the Dirty Dog Saloon lead to accusations of discrimination
Jan16

Dirty Homophobia at Dirty Dog’s Policies and recent incidents at the Dirty Dog Saloon lead to accusations of discrimination

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor  * Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals On Nov. 30, 2019, a Dutch exchange student at McMaster University was thrown out of the Dirty Dog Saloon, a downtown Hamilton club frequented by McMaster students, after he was found dancing on a pole that appears to be meant exclusively for women.  Summer Shepherd, a fourth year Communications student at McMaster and a friend of the...

In conversation with MPP Sandy Shaw How new provincial policies may threaten younger generations
Jan09

In conversation with MPP Sandy Shaw How new provincial policies may threaten younger generations

Photo C/O Sandy Shaw’s Constituency Office  Sandy Shaw, the Member of Provincial Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, has returned home from a stint at Queen’s Park. Before the winter break, the Conservatives drove Bill 124 through the House on Nov. 8, a move that has been widely criticized. “It’s been a long week of fighting for hardworking people in the province of Ontario,” said Shaw. As a member of the New...

Responding to women’s homelessness during the winter Without funding, shelter services struggle to address the needs of homeless women in Hamilton
Nov28

Responding to women’s homelessness during the winter Without funding, shelter services struggle to address the needs of homeless women in Hamilton

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor By Christina Reed, Contributor Every winter, many women in Hamilton find themselves without a safe, warm place to sleep.  Without protection from the elements, these women struggle to survive. As affordable housing in Hamilton becomes increasingly inaccessible, the number of homeless women in Hamilton in need of emergency shelters rises each year. According to a 2018 community profile from the...