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,...

Mac’s off-campus residence proposal Currently in its approval stages, the building hopes to add at least 950 beds to the McMaster residence pool
Feb08

Mac’s off-campus residence proposal Currently in its approval stages, the building hopes to add at least 950 beds to the McMaster residence pool

By: Tashy Davidson McMaster is moving along with plans to build a residence just off the east end of campus, on Main Street West between Forsyth Avenue South and Dalewood Avenue. Last year, McMaster owned only the section of land on the corner of Dalewood Avenue and Main Street West, but has since bought the rest of the block from scholar properties, so that they now own the full stretch from Dalewood Avenue to Forsyth Avenue and from...

A look behind Women’s March Forward 2018 A year after the first women’s march, community organizers congregated in Hamilton city hall to explore new ways to advocate for equality
Jan26

A look behind Women’s March Forward 2018 A year after the first women’s march, community organizers congregated in Hamilton city hall to explore new ways to advocate for equality

By: Ileena Ke On Jan. 20, thousands of people took to the streets to protest in favour of women’s rights, and Hamilton was no exception, with a Women’s March Forward Summit held at city hall to talk about what can be done to further civil rights, at home. The agenda listed three main workshops following the 30-minute keynote speech, all of them embodying intersectionality, or the framework that brings to light the interconnectedness...

Student Representative Assembly sends OPIRG fee to referendum From Jan. 23 to 25, students will vote on the fate of OPIRG McMaster’s funding
Jan11

Student Representative Assembly sends OPIRG fee to referendum From Jan. 23 to 25, students will vote on the fate of OPIRG McMaster’s funding

At the Student Representative Assembly meeting on Nov. 26, the SRA and Board of Directors voted to send the Ontario Public Interest Research Group fee to referendum in January 2018. The McMaster OPIRG fee referendum will come in the wake of the vote at the University of Toronto, which occurred in November 2017 but failed to meet quorum. It will also follow the referenda held the University of Waterloo in 2016 and at Queen’s University...

What the increased minimum wage means for MSU employees Under the new pay scale, MSU employees will continue to earn about the minimum wage
Jan11

What the increased minimum wage means for MSU employees Under the new pay scale, MSU employees will continue to earn about the minimum wage

Working for the McMaster Students Union just became more lucrative, with a new pay scale introduced as of the start of the new year. On Jan. 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Ontario was increased from $11.40 per hour to $14.00 per hour and it is set to raise once again in January 2019 to $15.00 per hour. This push is a part of the initiative for living wages by the Liberal government. A living wage entails a wage that a person would be...