Municipal Affairs

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The MSU advocates to key stakeholders on municipal issues in order to enhance students’ lives in Hamilton. The SRA Municipal Affairs Committee represents students’ issues while remaining receptive to community concerns and suggestions.

Some of the committee’s priorities this year are transit, community engagement, off-campus student safety, the municipal election and city council engagement. Last semester we wrote a transit policy paper and it is now time to ensure our recommendations are heard. We will advocate for better transit service for students both living in and outside of Ward 1. We will also run a #YesLRT campaign to ensure that City Council continues with their pre-approved project of the Light Rail Transit. In order to show our commitment to working with the community, we will have strong representation on several community committees include AWCA, AWWCA, PBAC and the Transit Coalition Alliance. Student safety off-campus continues to be a pressing issue for McMaster students. Whether it’s unsafe living conditions in their students’ homes or frequent break-ins in their neighbourhood, many students don’t wholly feel safe living off-campus. We will advocate to our Ward 1 councillor on creating a Landlord Licensing system to hold landlords accountable and find ways to protect students and alleviate their safety concerns. This upcoming October there will be a municipal election. It is extremely important to have students vote as it shows our key stakeholders in Hamilton that students care about this city and what happens here. We will have various events throughout the month of October and encourage all students to go out and VOTE! Finally, we will ensure the Municipal Affairs Committee has a strong presence at relevant City Council meetings to advocate for student interests.

For more information, please contact Associate Vice-President of Municipal Affairs Shemar Hackett at avpmunicipal@msu.mcmaster.ca.

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