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IGNITE silent on discounted transit pass

The IGNITE Student Union has remained silent on the new discounted post-secondary transit pass that could be embedded into tuition costs for schools that opt into the program, despite numerous reports that Humber College is interested.

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The IGNITE Student Union has remained silent on the new discounted post-secondary transit pass that could be embedded into tuition costs for schools that opt into the program, despite numerous reports that Humber College is interested.

For the “U-Pass” to come into effect, at least one school needs to sign on out of the University of Toronto St. George Campus, York University or Ryerson University and the program can only be implemented at schools if students vote in favour via referendum.

Humber’s communications director confirmed on Friday evening that IGNITE would be in charge of the university transit pass portfolio.

The Eyeopener first reported on Mar. 4 that Humber College has “expressed interest” in engaging in the pass, but it was not part of the original consultation process with

While other schools technically have to wait until the first institution signs onto the deal, Humber has been quiet over their role in potential interest.

Then Humber was listed as a “stakeholder” for when the TTC was consulting multiple universities and colleges in Toronto.

There has been no official word towards students that Humber was engaged in the consultation process, according to the media releases web page.

Humber Communications Director Andrew Leopold told The Avro Post via email on Friday that “it would go through IGNITE” in regards to any details on the status of the college’s interaction with the “U-Pass”.

However, IGNITE student leadership has remained silent to Post inquiries as to the status of Humber’s interested and how it would be applied with the University of Guelph-Humber.

In 2014, total enrolment in Humber College was at 83,000 and if that number is still close to accurate, Guelph-Humber only makes up about 5 per cent of the overall population of the IGNITE-administered campuses.

Additionally, concerns were raised over whether North Campus and its Lakeshore counterpart would vote as two separate entities, as students could be geographically located in different places.

Humber’s Orangeville Campus would likely not be included in the TTC program, which adds an extra $280 a semester to every student’s tuition without exceptions except for those with disabilities.

This model has been voted in favour for by University of Guelph students, who utilize a “U-Pass” by just showing their student cards.

The way it would work for the TTC is students would be able to load the $70 monthly pass onto a Presto Card for use, equating to an over 50 per cent discount on the current $116.75 post-secondary pass.

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.


More details to follow. Image of IGNITE from Fredrick Lariviere/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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