Satirical art thriving under U.S. administration

When Michael de Adder received news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, he said he felt shock and anger, and decided to pick up his pens and draw a picture of Trump kissing a reluctant Lady Liberty. A Halifax-based, award-winning editorial cartoonist, de Adder is one cartoonist among many who has found plenty to draw about during this new American presidential term. “If everything was hunky-dory in the world, cartoonists would have a hard go of it,” de Adder said. “But politics, being what it is, always leads to situations that are ripe for lampooning. And right now, the situation couldn’t be better for cartoonists.” For de Adder, what motivates him to draw political cartoons is anger. He said his […]

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McMaster union head fired over pay questions

The McMaster Association of Part-Time Students (MAPS) announced Jan. 18 that it fired executive director Sam Minniti and will terminate the contracts of its entire board following a recent controversy surrounding Minniti’s 2011 salary, according to the CBC. MAPS reportedly paid Minniti $101,116 retroactively for 2011, the same year he already received a salary of $126,151, according to financial documents obtained by the Hamilton Spectator. Minniti’s original salary earned him a spot on Ontario’s “Sunshine List” for 2011, a list of all public sector workers who earned more than $100,000 that year. His six-figure salary put him among the highest paid student union executives in Ontario, according to the Spectator. This prompted MAPS, where Minniti had served as its head since […]

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