Combatting sexual violence on university grounds The province, university and student union present their efforts and ideas on how to tackle gender-based violence
Mar15

Combatting sexual violence on university grounds The province, university and student union present their efforts and ideas on how to tackle gender-based violence

Against the backdrop of federal and provincial government efforts aimed at addressing sexual violence, McMaster University implemented a sexual violence policy in January 2017 and the Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey in February 2018. According to the McMaster Students Union, however, the university needs to take a more intersectional approach to the problem of sexual violence. The province In February and March 2018, students...

Don’t let the bed bugs bite Bed bugs may be remembered as an aspect of a harmless children’s nursery rhyme, but these insects are known to leave more than just bites
Mar01

Don’t let the bed bugs bite Bed bugs may be remembered as an aspect of a harmless children’s nursery rhyme, but these insects are known to leave more than just bites

In recent years, several North American cities have seen a major spike in the number of bed bug reports. From increased travel and stricter laws surrounding the use of pesticides, bed bug infestations have become a common occurrence. Bed bugs are oval-shaped insects and are visible in all stages of life. Adult bugs are around the size and shape of an apple seed, flattened and brown. Although these bugs are not known to transmit...

Zero-tolerance policies and practices in  elementary and secondary schools Campus activists and community members are working to prevent discrimination in Hamilton schools
Feb15

Zero-tolerance policies and practices in elementary and secondary schools Campus activists and community members are working to prevent discrimination in Hamilton schools

On Feb. 6, an activist group called HWDSB Kids Need Help facilitated a meeting at Sir John A.MacDonald Secondary School. This offered community members an opportunity to discuss their experiences of discriminatory treatment by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and its constituent schools and staff. The group came together after an incident at a Hamilton high school that involved police and a child with autism. The incident...

Elevating marginalized voices in Hamilton New coalition puts spotlight on artists of colour in Hamilton
Feb15

Elevating marginalized voices in Hamilton New coalition puts spotlight on artists of colour in Hamilton

By: Saad Ahmed The Coalition of Black and Racialized Artists is a Hamilton-based collective of artists of colour. COBRA serves as a creative outlet to racialized individuals and provides access to valuable tools and resources within each artist’s field, allowing them to showcase potential and grow their audience. The group is comprised of around 40 members from diverse racial backgrounds who are engaged in numerous arts communities...

A new lease on renting in Ontario The Ontario government and MSU are taking steps to help tenants understand their rights
Feb15

A new lease on renting in Ontario The Ontario government and MSU are taking steps to help tenants understand their rights

When he was in his third year at McMaster, Brad Tyler was living in the basement of a house in the McMaster community. In 2016, cockroaches began to infest the place. “The landlord was told several times that the bug problem was escalating and he didn’t consider the severity of the situation nor seem to act urgently,” said Tyler. It was not until the spring of 2017 when Tyler decided to cancel on his rent cheque until the landlord...

The MSU’s pre-budget submission The MSU’s submission recommended the city invest more into major sectors such as transit and and housing
Feb08

The MSU’s pre-budget submission The MSU’s submission recommended the city invest more into major sectors such as transit and and housing

By: Donna Nadeem On Jan. 29, the McMaster Students Union submitted their pre-budget recommendations to city hall on how tax dollars ought to be used in Hamilton. The five main areas of investment that the pre-budget submission recommends are transit, student retention and employment, housing, by-laws and waste management. The submission discusses having an increase in Hamilton Street Railway services on week-ends and in the summer,...