HSR misses the mark this October Between missing buses and absent drivers, the HSR has been struggling to keep up with the city’s needs
Nov09

HSR misses the mark this October Between missing buses and absent drivers, the HSR has been struggling to keep up with the city’s needs

By: Emile Shen The Hamilton Railway Service missed the mark in Oct. To be precise, there were 1,400 to 1,600 hours of missed bus service in October leaving students, McMaster staff and faculty and Hamilton community members late for work, class and appointments. Across campus, students stood in mass crowds waiting for the 5, 51 and 1A. There was an average of 23 cancelled buses per day in Oct. This problem cannot be blamed on the...

Down to the core The effects of revival on the Steel City
Nov02

Down to the core The effects of revival on the Steel City

Steel mills in Hamilton were once the city’s largest employer and one of the main reasons that the downtown core was thriving. However, when the steel industry began to lose its edge, so did the city, leaving a lasting effect that shook Hamilton down to the core. Hamilton’s downtown looks significantly different than it did a few years ago. In particular, the King Street strip, which once hosted abandoned storefronts and eclectic...

Discrimination in student housing Students and property managers reflect on the prejudice they have experienced from landlords
Nov02

Discrimination in student housing Students and property managers reflect on the prejudice they have experienced from landlords

Discrimination from landlords is pervasive in McMaster’s off-campus housing market. Students and grads are finally speaking up and working to address the problem. In his second year, Alex, a recent McMaster alumnus who requested to be referred to under an alias, and his friends were looking at off-campus housing. With money in hand, they approached an owner. “We talked to the owner. [Though] he was browsing groups, he seemed more...

Aidan Johnson speaks at Student Representative Assembly meeting Ward 1 councillor’s delegation ignites heated discussion
Nov02

Aidan Johnson speaks at Student Representative Assembly meeting Ward 1 councillor’s delegation ignites heated discussion

At the Student Representative Assembly meeting on Oct. 29, ward 1 Hamilton city councillor Aidan Johnson addressed the SRA and Board of Directors for the first time since 2014. After Johnson delivered some ward updates, he was met with contentious questions from the assembly. Alex Wilson, caucus member (science) and Ainslie Wood resident, noted that students make up the largest demographic of ward 1, and asked Johnson if he agreed...

Ward boundary changes  under review From concerned citizens to student politicans, Hamiltonians are speaking against the proposed ward boundary changes
Nov02

Ward boundary changes under review From concerned citizens to student politicans, Hamiltonians are speaking against the proposed ward boundary changes

Voting may change drastically in Hamilton, as the Ontario Municipal Board votes on how the city ought to divide up the city’s ward boundaries. The discussion began earlier this year after city council hired a third party consulting firm to review the current ward boundaries and how they interact with population distribution throughout the city. The firm created a series of different suggestions based on their own research, but city...

Where do the grads go? In recent years Hamilton has seen a rise in jobs, but McMaster undergrads are still choosing to leave the city
Oct26

Where do the grads go? In recent years Hamilton has seen a rise in jobs, but McMaster undergrads are still choosing to leave the city

By: Donna Nadeem Despite McMaster’s large undergraduate population, many students do not seem to want to stick around in Hamilton despite the growing number of jobs in the city. The city of Hamilton has seen a drop in the unemployment rate as of May 2017 of 6.3 per cent to 5.2 per cent, which is the lowest rate the city has seen since Sept. 2015.        Yet students have typically been less likely to stay in Hamilton because they...