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‘U-Pass’: The choice is yours

If Humber College or the University of Guelph-Humber are considering opting into the post-secondary “U-Pass” that was adopted by the Toronto Transit Commission on Tuesday night, they will need to hold a student referendum first. 

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If Humber College or the University of Guelph-Humber are considering opting into the post-secondary “U-Pass” that was adopted by the Toronto Transit Commission on Tuesday night, they will need to hold a student referendum first. 

The way the “U-Pass” works is that a school can chose to opt in by holding a student referendum, and if those enrolled at the institution vote in favour of the TTC program, then the school would sign a contract with the transit service for four years.

Students would pay $70 per month with the new TTC program, an over 50 per cent discount on the current $116.75 post-secondary pass, but the price would be added to the tuition of all full time students at the school, regardless of whether they utilize it or not.

This program is not uncommon among post-secondary institutions across Ontario: the University of Guelph, McMaster University in Hamilton and Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo all have universal transit passes included in their tuition.

The “U-Pass” at those universities are handled by each institution’s student union, but Humber College’ administration has not stated whether IGNITE would be taking on that portfolio

For the “U-Pass” to come into effect, at least one school needs to sign on out of University of Toronto St. George Campus, York University or Ryerson University.

Ryerson is planning a referendum for this process already.

The Avro Post has reached out to all four elected student executives in the past, and on Wednesday, to inquire whether students will be consulted previous to a referendum and if Guelph-Humber would be involved in any Humber deal with the TTC.


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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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