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Colleges prepare for long strike, day 3



As day three of the union strike for Ontario’s 24 public colleges arrives, its members are preparing for a long road ahead. 

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At Ontario’s parliament in Toronto, politicians on both sides of the aisle have urged the Ontario Employers Council and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union to return to the bargaining table for the sake of the students.

“Of course we want both sides to get back to the table,” said Deb Matthews, the minister in charge of the post-secondary education portfolio at Queen’s Park.

“We want students back in the classroom as quickly as possible.”

Back-to-work legislation that would put pressure on the union members to return to their jobs is not on the table yet, said Ms. Matthews on Tuesday.

“We have to let the collective bargaining process work and give it the space to do that,” Matthews, a Liberal MPP, told reporters after Question Period.

“But it’s very important for students that they do get back to the table and find a resolution and get students back in the classroom.”

Progressive Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown said the college system is in need of “provincial leadership” so that students find themselves in the classroom again.

The New Democratic Party education critic Peggy Sattler said that “faculty want fairness and students want opportunities to learn.”

Ms. Sattler criticized the Liberal government for not working to get students back at the public colleges.

Due to a deadline passing for negotiations between OPSEU and the Ontario Employers Council on Sunday, a strike came into effect on Oct. 16.

Some 500,000 students across the province don’t have physical classes for the duration of the strike.

College staff are paid a stipend from a union pool funded by dues paid over the time of their union membership if they participate in striking, either through picketing or otherwise.

The University of Guelph-Humber is also shut down because they could not provide the full programs to students due to employing several college faculty members.

Meanwhile, a petition for student tuition refunds has racked up 45,000 signatures since The Post first reported on it Monday.

However, a staffer for the university faculty union for Guelph-Humber made clear ithe school would likely not engage in tuition refunds.

University of Guelph staff at GH continue to be paid in full, and are encouraged to stay in contact with their students.

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More details to follow. Image 1 of striking faculty on Oct. 16, 2017 from the Toronto Star.  ■

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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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