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Social Sciences Media Spotlight | Aug. 28 to Sept. 18, 2017

The McMaster Faculty of Social Sciences is known for making a positive impact on the local, national and international stages. Here are some highlights of the many McMaster Soc Sci stories making news.

Sep 19, 2017



The Financial Post, Ottawa Citizen and Windsor Star carried a piece highlighting research by Michael Veall (Economics) into income inequality among Canadians.

Why the rich should revolt — and it's not for the reasons they think - Financial Post - September 15, 2017


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The Canadian Press interviewed Henry Jacek (Political Science) about newly revealed Liberal polling data that indicated support for the party growing while support for Premier Kathleen Wynne was falling. The story was distributed widely, appearing in outlets that included Global News, National Post, CBC, and many more.

Ontario Liberals on upswing despite Kathleen Wynne’s unpopularity, government polling shows - Global News - August 28, 2017

Provincial polling shows improvement for Wynne government - (Metroland Media Group) - August 27, 2017 

Depths of Wynne's unpopularity revealed in Ontario-government poll - National Post - August 27, 2017

Ontario government polling shows improving numbers on hydro file - CBC News - Canada - August 27, 2017


CBC News interviewed Hannah Holmes (Economics) on the unlikely prospect that a growing movement of NFL players sitting down in protest during the national anthem would have a significant effect on the league's revenues.

Kaepernick-style protests grow but unlikely to affect NFL's bottom line - Business - CBC News - August 26, 2017


Metroland Media turned to Stephanie Premji (Labour Studies) about a possible strike by public health nurses in the Niagara Region over pay increases.

Public health nurses could be headed for strike - Niagara This Week (Metroland Media Group) - August 24, 2017


An op ed piece published in The Hamilton Spectator referenced research from Labour Studies which found that businesses offering a living wage saw it as important tool to attract and retain high-quality employees.

GUEST COLUMNIST: Let's embrace $15 minimum wage - Hamilton News - August 22, 2017


The National Post, The Hamilton Spectator and many other papers carried a CP story citing research by Julie Young (Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition) about the success rate of migrants to Canada.

Officials eye Salvadorans as potential source of next wave of border crossers - National Post - August 25, 2017

Salvadorans could be next wave at border - InsideOttawaValleyy (Metroland Media Group) - August 25, 2017

Article also appeared in: 

The Guelph Mercury (Metroland Media Group) (Metroland Media Group)   Hamilton News    Hamilton Community News (Metroland Media Group)    


Officials eye El Salvadorans as potential source of next wave of border crossers - - August 25, 2017

Article also appeared in: 

Medicine Hat News    Lethbridge Herald  The Chronicle Herald    The Chronicle Journal    Hamilton News    NewsCaf    

El Salvadorans could be next wave of border crossers into Canada - Canoe News - August 25, 2017


The Associated Press interviewed McMaster's Liyakat Takim (Sharjah Chair in Global Islam) about the decision by Houston mosques to continue serving as shelters to flood-displaced people of all faiths even during the celebration of Eid al-Adha. The story appeared in dozens of news outlets, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Hindu (India), The Atlanta Constitution and The Arizona Republic,

On Muslim holiday, Houston’s mosques open to Harvey evacuees - The Boston Globe - September 1, 2017 

On Muslim Holiday, Houston's Mosques Open to Harvey Evacuees - Unknown - September 1, 2017

Mosques stay open to evacuees on Id - The Hindu - September 1, 2017

“Opening yours doors on Id day to refugees and people in need is a form of worship” says Imam - Houston mosques open doors to Harvey victims on Muslim holiday


CHML radio interviewed Henry Jacek (Political Science) on developments in Canadian politics.

AM 900 Hamilton's News Talk Leader (CHML) at September 4th 2017 9:07 AM


The Toronto Star interviewed Henry Jacek (Political Science) for a story about the potential political impact of a trial involving high-ranking Liberal party officials alleged to have deleted information related to the decision to cancel planned gas-fired energy plants in Mississauga and Oakville. The story was also published in The Hamilton Spectator, The Waterloo Region Record and other Metroland newspapers, and appeared on MSN News.

‘Gas plants’ computer trial set to begin for former McGuinty aides - - September 10, 2017

Article also appeared in: 

Hamilton News    Hamilton Community News (Metroland Media Group) .   News - MSN CA    


The Toronto Star and The Waterloo Region Record interviewed Henry Jacek (Politlical Science) on the potential significance of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne being called upon to testify about the allegation that the Liberals offered an inducement to a candidate to step aside in favour of the party's preferred candidate.

Premier to testify in Sudbury byelection trial next week | - (Metroland Media Group) - September 6, 2017


CBC TV's national news business news program, On The Money, interviewed Arthur Sweetman (Economics) about the relative income levels of first and second-generation Canadians compared to native-born Canadians.

On the Money With Peter Armstrong - CBC Winnipeg (CBWT) - September 15, 2017


CFRB Radio (Toronto) interviewed Jim Stanford (Harold Innes Industry Professor, Economics).

Newstalk 1010 (CFRB) at September 16th 2017 8:05 AM - Newstalk 1010 (CFRB) - September 16, 2017

AM 900 Hamilton's News Talk Leader (CHML) at September 13th 2017 2:25 PM - AM 900 Hamilton's News Talk Leader (CHML) - September 13, 2017


CHML Radio interviewed Henry Jacek (Politlical Science) about issues in the Canadian politics.

AM 900 Hamilton's News Talk Leader (CHML) at September 18th 2017 10:05 AM - AM 900 Hamilton's News Talk Leader (CHML) - September 18, 2017

Newstalk 1010 (CFRB) at September 14th 2017 8:35 AM - Newstalk 1010 (CFRB) - September 14, 2017


CHML radio interviewed Peter Graefe (Political Science) about issues in Canadian politics.

AM 900 Hamilton's News Talk Leader (CHML) at September 13th 2017 10:35 AM - AM 900 Hamilton's News Talk Leader (CHML) - September 13, 2017


Context w/Lorna Dueck: Life Beyond the Headlines - Yes TV Ontario (CITS) - September 13, 2017


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Dr. Karen McGarry (Anthropology) on Kids TVO show Mystery Files as an expert of the undead in different cultures.

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