IGNITE changed the listed date for the Candidate Forum at the University of Guelph-Humber after the Post published a report on Monday revealing the wrong day was published on the student association’s website.

Elections 2018

Analysis: IGNITE fails to inform

Candidates were informed by IGNITE on Tuesday that the incorrect date was a fault on the part of the University of Guelph-Humber and that any complaints should be “taken up with GH.”

Several candidates were “disappointed” in the wrong day being posted, with the actual date being Mar. 1 and not the listed Mar. 7 that was originally published.

The exact time and place for the event, or any of the other forums , have not been included on the official elections page.

The Post only learned of the correct date, along with a time and place, after several candidates corrected the dates posted on its elections page, which were copied from IGNITE.

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

The Candidate Forum will be taking place at 11:30 a.m. in GH303, where students can hear from those running to represent Guelph-Humber on the board, vice president of GH and president of IGNITE.

Several candidates running for the Board of Directors and one campaigning for vice president expressed concern over the incorrect date on Monday.

“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.

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.”

The dates for the Humber College North and Lakeshore forums were not changed, and thus appear to have been correct.

The Post contacted the president of IGNITE, a Guelph-Humber student, and Vice President John Kokkoros on Monday evening but received no response.

More details to follow. Image of the IGNITE logo from previous files.

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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