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[5 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on Domestic or Import? | ]

This is it: the argument that plagues car forums and comment threads. It seems that you either have to take one side or the other. “Hey, buddy, which are you? Import or domestic?” Why do you have to choose? You don’t. In my opinion, this whole “choose a side” business is to the car scene what peer pressuring kids to smoke in middle school was. It’s stupid, you look stupid, and you probably smell.
Growing up, I wasn’t forced to choose. My parents were and still are awesome in so many …

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[4 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on Students using food banks more | ]

According to the latest Hunger Report, the number of post-secondary students using food banks is among one of the highest-growing populations using the service.
Almost four per cent of those using food banks in Ontario are either post-secondary students or recent graduates, which amounts to an increase from just one per cent from last year.
This is not a shocking statistic to Wendy Rolfe, the Student Services manager at the MSA, which operates the food bank at Mohawk.
“We’ve seen use of our food bank by our students for the last 15 years …

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[4 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on Sleep and Exams | ]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Not really.
It’s the end of the semester (yay!) and exams are upon us (boo!). When studying takes over your life, the first thing to go is sleep.
Dr David Higgins, President of St Joseph’s Hospital, offered some insight into why people sleep and how students can sleep better. He said getting a good night’s sleep is “very, very important”.
According to Higgins, there are two waves of sleep: deep- or slow-wave sleep and dreaming sleep.
During deep-wave sleep, the body starts to restore itself. Hormone levels …

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[4 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on The power of words in the LGBTQ community | ]

The University of Alberta is studying how offensive terms are being used on social media, in relation to the LGBTQ community. On Nohomophobes.com, the results can be monitored in real time, displaying the four most homophobic and commonly-used terms, along with the tweets that contain them.
Local activist Deirdre Pike has been keeping an eye on this website. Out of the four terms being used; faggot, dyke, no homo, and “that’s so gay”, the word faggot is used the most.
“It’s the most violent, offensive word to refer to a gay man …

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[4 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on Thousands turn out for Holiday Train | ]

It was a cold night for an outdoor concert but that didn’t stop nearly twenty thousand people of all ages from showing up for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train’s stop at Gage Park. Performing onstage for the occasion was Brothers Dube, Great Big Sea, Cynthia Dale and Natalie MacMaster, and Tom Cochrane with Red Rider. Peter Mansbridge hosted the event.
“Look at all the people,” said Mansbridge. “We’ve got thousands here in the park.”
Decked out in hundreds of thousands of brightly coloured LED lights the CP Holiday Train rolled in with …

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[3 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on Hamilton celebrates Sports Day in Canada | ]

Approximately 60 ball hockey players came together at Pier 8 on the Hamilton Waterfront on Saturday to celebrate Sports Day in Canada.
The game featured players from the Hamilton Red Wings Junior A Hockey Club, as well as the Ancaster Avalanche Junior B team, and the Burlington Bandits Intercounty Baseball League team.
Sports Day in Canada was held nationwide, with different events being held across the country. In Hamilton, the event was organized by Helen Downey, president of Sport Hamilton. She said with obesity on the rise, people need to get active.
“The …

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[2 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on Introducing the Hamilton Media Guild | ]

The Hamilton Media Guild is the newest division of Hamilton Hive; the city’s widely successful young professional community, and will be hosting its official launch party on Wednesday, December 4th. The Guild is a local platform that aims to connect both young professionals and media experts to explore and develop leadership potential in the field.
Margaret Lintott, the organization’s community manager told the Hamilton Spectator, “New media has attracted new ways of doing things. We are interested in gathering traditional and non-traditional journalists, digital media makers, on-air personalities, bloggers, new Mohawk …

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[2 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on CP Holiday Train rolls into town | ]

The air was bitter cold, the ground frozen and Gage Park was packed with men, women and children. Most nights this would be a cause for misery but one train made it all worthwhile. It wasn’t just another cargo train rolling through Hamilton, it was the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train that rolls across North America each year.
“We’re going to celebrate you,” host Peter Mansbridge told the thousands in attendance before the train came. “Because none of this could have happened without people like you who care about their neighbours, who …

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[2 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on Duck. Dodge. Donate. | ]

The sounds of dodge balls, people and music could be heard throughout the Mohawk athletic center as six teams competed in the second annual “Duck Dodge Donate” dodge ball tournament to raise money for the Salvation Army. Each team brought ten dollars per player, five canned goods or clothing donations.
The Police Foundations students who organized the event chose dodge ball because it was fun way to have a fundraiser.
“It is really exciting everyone is having a fun time,” said Brendon Aasla, one of the organizers at the event. “Overall it …

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[2 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on Burlington kicks off Festival of Lights | ]

Downtown Burlington transformed into a winter wonderland as the city opened its 18th annual Festival of Lights.
Street lamps, trees, storefronts and all of Civic Square were covered in twinkling Christmas decorations. Civic Square is also where hundreds of people gathered to begin the candlelit stroll. Each person was handed a candle, supplied by Smith’s Funeral Home located just a block down the street. A Tim Horton’s tent sat in the middle of the square where hot chocolate and songbooks were given out to all of the carolers. Parents and their …