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Why students don’t vote The need for an all-platforms resource
Nov08

Why students don’t vote The need for an all-platforms resource

Photo by Grant Holt By: Sam Marchetti In the recent municipal election, McMaster University students living in Ward 1 were presented with quite the challenge: 15 candidates for mayor and 13 candidates for Ward 1 councillor. This sums to 28 candidates with 28 different platforms that could potentially affect student voters. Students make up a substantial fraction of Ward 1 and yet the majority likely did not know all their options when...

Think municipal elections don’t impact you? Think again. Why students should participate in the 2018 Hamilton election
Oct18

Think municipal elections don’t impact you? Think again. Why students should participate in the 2018 Hamilton election

By Angela Dittrich As young adults, we experience a lot of exciting and important milestones — getting our driver’s license, attaining legal adulthood and entering university, college or the workforce. An often overlooked milestone is becoming a voter, or rather, becoming individuals with a rarely-exercised right to vote. McMaster University students are a vital part of the Ward 1 community, and yet we continuously fail to show up to...

What cutting LRT would mean Since many election candidates are promising to cut LRT, Hamiltonians must discuss what such an act would mean for the city
Oct05

What cutting LRT would mean Since many election candidates are promising to cut LRT, Hamiltonians must discuss what such an act would mean for the city

Photos by By Rob Hardy The latest chapter in the decade long saga of Hamilton’s road to building light rail transit has brought us to yet another mayoral election.  Endless dawdling over trivial minutiae prevented council from finalizing construction plans, giving opportunistic politicians a chance to win election votes from wary residents unsure of the project.   First it was Doug Ford who campaigned provincially for city votes...

Getting students to vote The city of Hamilton should take a vested interest in making sure McMaster students are able to vote in the municipal election  
Sep27

Getting students to vote The city of Hamilton should take a vested interest in making sure McMaster students are able to vote in the municipal election  

Photo by Catherine Goce In about a month, cities all over Ontario will hold their municipal election, elections which will dictate the political landscape for these cities for years to come. The results of this election can bring all sorts of changes to the neighbourhood and yet the city offers little to students to participate, further exemplifying that the city of Hamilton doesn’t care about McMaster students. Voting stations are...

The impact of Ford’s free speech policies A thought about what these policies mean for McMaster
Sep06

The impact of Ford’s free speech policies A thought about what these policies mean for McMaster

Photo by Grant Holt by Ruchika Gothoskar Doug Ford, Ontario’s new premier, has set out guidelines that give Ontario universities until Jan. 1, 2019 to develop a free speech policy on campus, a hot-button topic among the Progressive Conservative party after several high-profile incidents involving speakers with conservative views. McMaster is no stranger to such engagements, after the highly contentious appearance of controversial...

The holy ghost (between my thighs) How the 1998 Sex Education curriculum has failed a generation
Aug09

The holy ghost (between my thighs) How the 1998 Sex Education curriculum has failed a generation

Content warning: graphic discussion of sexuality and discussion of sexual dysfunction disorder 2015 was an exciting year: we found liquid water on Mars, I started at McMaster, we had a federal election, and Ontario unveiled its new sexual education and health curriculum.  The new Ontario government is reverting to the previous version which debuted in 1998. I was living my best life back then, but little did I know that I would suffer...