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Analysis: No IGNITE candidate won majority vote

With the overall number of 8,489 students voting or abstaining, none of the IGNITE election candidates, including the president-designate, won over 50 per cent of the ballots in their respective races. 

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With the overall number of 8,489 students voting or abstaining, none of the IGNITE election candidates, including the president-designate, won over 50 per cent of the ballots in their respective races. 


Results: By the numbers

Khosla elected president of IGNITE


IGNITE President-designate Monica Khosla won 47.94 per cent of the overall vote with 4,070 ballots and runner-up Allisa Lim took 46.60 per cent with 3,956, outside of the 463 of those that abstained.

At the University of Guelph-Humber, the races were tight for the vice presidential candidates.

Overall, 1018 people voted for GH-specific candidates and in absentia.

Vice President-designate Maheen Nazim took 412 of the ballots, and therefore 40.47 per cent of the vote. Runner-up’s Rose Bonello and Harry Carlisle Swindall together took 56.58 of the ballots, with an extra 2.95 lost to abstentions.

The two GH board winners, Siery and Lulat, received 405 of the votes together, or 39.78 per cent of the overall GH board vote, shy of the 509 votes that would be needed for 50 per cent.

This means that over 50 per cent of voters did not vote for the board winners.

The Academic Reform Group recently called for ranked ballots , a system that finds a winner based on how candidates are ordered by voters, assigning second favorites to those that are still in the running over a series of rounds.

Currently, IGNITE utilizes first-past-the-post, where the candidate with the most amount of votes wins the race, regardless of the percentage of the win.

This system is used by some Canadian political parties in their leadership races such as the Conservative Party and the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.

Other post-secondary institutions have also used the system.

About 28.3 per cent of the student population from the campuses that IGNITE administers voted in the 2018 elections, an increase from the approximately 23.5 per cent that filled ballots last year.


More details to follow. Image of the IGNITE elections news conference from Eli Ridder/The Avro Post. ■

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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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