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Guelph-Humber faces possible strike

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The University of Guelph-Humber informed students via email on Thursday that a strike will come into effect on Oct. 16 if there is no agreement reached with the Ontario college union.

Stay up-to-date with the latest reports on the GH Strike page

The union representing full-time and partial-load faculty at all Ontario colleges have given the required five days’ notice that a strike is possible.

This includes Humber professors at GH, but would shut down all classes for the duration of the strike.

The email, and a statement posted on the GH website, went out via the university’s GryphMailservice in a follow up to an email on Oct. 5 that informed students about the OPSEU negotiations.

An email sent out Thursday afternoon by Dr. John Walsh said the school was committed to keeping students updated, encouraging them to check email and the Guelph-Humber updates page over the weekend and before heading to classes on Monday, when the strike could take place.


What to know

In a list of FAQ’s posted online, Guelph-Humber outlines a few key details.

  • Assignments are not due and tests will not be held during a strike, but GH recommends that students continue to work and study as usual.
  • The building will be open for use as per usual, including labs.
  • Parking and residence will not be affected.
  • Students may have to cross a picket line to enter the facility.
  • Guelph University staff would also not be teaching “due to restricted access we would be unable to offer programs and classes in their entirety”.

Read more on the FAQs. 


Limited information

Further questioning by this writer in regards to the history of union strikes at Guelph-Humber was redirected towards the emails and updates on the website which mentioned no further information.

Normally I would turn to applicable media, namely a school publication, to divulge more into this to find out more information, but Guelph-Humber seems to be lacking that for the moment. That is why I have taken it upon myself to launch The GH Post.

Thus, I have taken upon myself to cover the events as they unfold and compile any and all information I can glean over the next few days in the case of a strike to keep people informed in a layman and straightforward way, as a school publication should be doing.


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Humber monitoring coronavirus outbreak

There are no special actions at this time.

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Humber College said it is monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak and its “potential impact on the institution” in a statement posted online last week and updated on Monday.

Toronto Public Health told the college that “there are no particular actions required” at this time.

A special group tasked with keeping the campus community informed on the latest precautions for the virus has been established, made up of stakeholders from various departments and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Humber points students, staff and faculty to the Ontario Ministry of Health website’s dedicated webpage for updates.

The college’s announcement also asked that those on campus “wash their hands as frequently as possible” due to it being the winter flu season.

As of Tuesday morning in Ontario, there is one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, one “presumptive” case and 11 cases under investigation. ■

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Nominations open for 2020 IGNITE elections

Nomination packages are due by Feb. 14.

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IGNITE on Tuesday posted details and nomination packages for its 2020 elections on social media, setting up its first ever election without executive positions.

There are 10 positions open for students to run for, all on the Board of Directors.

There are four positions open at North Campus, three seats at Lakeshore, two open at Guelph-Humber and a sole position available at Orangeville.

All nomination packages are due by Feb. 14 and can be filled out on the elections webpage. ■

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Bell Let’s Talk Day coming to Humber

Bell let’s talk day will be coming to Humber on Jan. 29.

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Bell will be bringing their yearly Let’s Talk event to Humber College this week.

Let’s Talk Day is a national day of raising awareness about mental health and furthering the conversation of acceptance, support and to decrease stigma.

The day also encourages the use of various platforms including social media to engage individuals. Bell also donates money to mental health funds based on messages sent throughout the day on their cellular network and social media posts.

Bell will be hosting two events at both Humber North and Lakeshore Campuses on Jan. 29.

The first event will be held at North in the LRC, starting at 10 a.m. and finishing at 12 p.m. The second event will be held at Lakeshore in A170 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is open to both Humber and Guelph-Humber student

Students who wish to contribute to the cause can make a tweet, a social media video, use Bell’s Facebook frame or Snapchat filter and also use the hashtag #BellLet’sTalk on social media. ■

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