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...

Reducing OHIP+ only hurts students Eliminating free prescriptions for young people with private insurance limits a generation’s bodily autonomy
Aug09

Reducing OHIP+ only hurts students Eliminating free prescriptions for young people with private insurance limits a generation’s bodily autonomy

On June 30, the provincial government, under Doug Ford’s leadership, altered the Ontario Health Insurance Plan so that children and young adults with private health benefits are now no longer able to access OHIP+, the program which offered free prescriptions to those under 25. There is a lot to be said about the Progressive Conservative Party that was recently elected, and with the speed at which they are changing things, it feels...

Why you should give a shit Voter turn out during recent provincial elections has been historically low
Jun07

Why you should give a shit Voter turn out during recent provincial elections has been historically low

This article will hit newsstands on the same day as Ontario’s 42nd general election. I’ll be making my way to the polls, but a large number of Ontarians, specifically younger adults, won’t be.  Ontario’s election turnouts are among the lowest in the country. A dismal 51 per cent of Ontarians showed up to the 2014 Ontario vote, not terribly far off from a frankly embarrassing 43 per cent who cast their ballot in the 2011 election.  To...

Fight against silence McMaster should be more considerate when deciding on subjects of rights and freedoms
Apr05

Fight against silence McMaster should be more considerate when deciding on subjects of rights and freedoms

By: Jack Leila We all know our rights and freedoms. We have the freedom of the press, freedom of religion and freedom to our own political ideologies based on section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Those few rights are just the beginning of what our rights and freedoms entail. So why are certain people silenced? Why are human rights groups at McMaster marginalized? Why do they have to be careful of who they offend...

McMaster’s handling of Bill 148 A precarious position led to confusion, a lack of sensitivity and a call to action to improve the university’s systemic issues
Apr05

McMaster’s handling of Bill 148 A precarious position led to confusion, a lack of sensitivity and a call to action to improve the university’s systemic issues

By: Moleen Makumborenga No one gets a student job thinking they will eventually start to feel unsafe or uncomfortable at work. I do not believe McMaster University thinks that student jobs can be precarious. This would explain why I found myself unprotected and unsupported when my supervisor who works for a research organization on campus tried to illegally demote me in order for my current wage to match a job title and description...

Provincial elections Student awareness about this year’s provincial elections should be better addressed
Apr05

Provincial elections Student awareness about this year’s provincial elections should be better addressed

By: Patrick Leclerc I don’t know about you but when I hear that elections are coming up, I immediately become anxious. This anxiety isn’t fear by any means, it’s more an unsettling feeling that nobody really knows what they’re voting for. The most recent elections seem evident of exactly that. Many students seem to be voting without knowing what they are supporting. Students may vote for one side merely so that the opposing side does...