Eli Ridder | The Post

IGNITE Student Life listed the wrong date for the Candidate Forum at the University of Guelph-Humber until Monday, and no specific times or places were posted for any of the events, in a move that fails to inform students about the democratic process for student leadership. 

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The Post had at least the incorrect date for the GH forum, if not others, posted on its elections page, which were taken from the IGNITE election information posted on their website.

The dates were only fixed on the Post website once candidates informed the publication of the mistake, however, IGNITE still had the wrong dates published online Monday afternoon.

“It’s terrible, I thought it was Mar. 7 at first. Mar. 1 is awful for my schedule, if I knew more in advance I would have been able to plan things better,” Board of Directors candidate Savoie told the Post.

Election candidates were informed of the correct forum dates in their electoin packages.

Vice president of Guelph-Humber candidate Maheen Nazim said “this is an ongoing issue I’ve always had with HSF/IGNITE”, in a reference to the former Humber Student Life that IGNITE replaced in 2016.

“I feel like they’ve gotten better at creating a physical presence on campus. But there’s a lot of room for improving communication with students,” Nazim told the Post.

“As a candidate, it’s frustrating because there was no explanation, but at least we were informed of the day.”

“It sucks for the students…who won’t be able to involve themselves with the election without digging around for information,” the third year Justice Program student said.

Nazim told the Post that she will work to “inform my peers of the actual date.”

There have been no notifications from the University of Guelph-Humber or IGNITE regarding the Candidate Forum on Thursday, which candidates say is at 11:30 a.m. in GH303.

Several candidates have expressed disappointment in IGNITE for having the wrong date listed, citing a failure to entice engagement of the students.

The Post has reached out for comment from IGNITE.

More details to follow. Image of the IGNITE sign from its website. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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