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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...

McMaster PhD tuition changes and potential effects While the policy deserves to be praised, its specific long-term effects are unclear
Mar22

McMaster PhD tuition changes and potential effects While the policy deserves to be praised, its specific long-term effects are unclear

When McMaster University negotiated its Strategic Mandate Agreement with the provincial government in 2014, 6,000 spots were allotted to domestic graduate students in the province. However, only 2,400 were filled. To solve the problem of low demand from domestic graduate students and drive the economy, the provincial government spearheaded an internationalization strategy aimed at recruiting international students to Ontario...

The purpose of protest on campus McMaster’s proposed guidelines on freedom of expression fail to recognize the importance of students’ and workers’ right to dissent
Mar15

The purpose of protest on campus McMaster’s proposed guidelines on freedom of expression fail to recognize the importance of students’ and workers’ right to dissent

This article is written on behalf of the Socialist Fightback Students club regarding McMaster University’s recently released documents on freedom of expression. Socialist Fightback Students defends the rights of students to form collective actions, freely express their political opinions and protest those who spread hateful messages. In the document by McMaster’s ad hoc committee on protest and freedom of expression, censorship...