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IGNITE’s Nazim says The Avro Post is ‘not sanctioned’

Maheen Nazim called The Avro Post “not sanctioned”.

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IGNITE Vice President Maheen Nazim, who represents the University of Guelph-Humber, said on Sunday night that she does not reply to requests for comment from The Avro Post because it is “not sanctioned” on-campus media.

Nazim’s Comments: Instagram.com

Staff at The Avro Post had replied to a comment Nazim had given in response to a student, asking about accountability with student government platforms and unanswered requests for comment in emails sent to her.

“These are fair questions going unanswered, and it’s your job to answer on-campus media,” staff wrote.

“I believe you may have meant sanctioned media (which your publication does not fall under),” Nazim wrote back, saying that she responds to all official media and student inquiries within 48 hours.

The Avro Post was originally an official IGNITE club shortly after a rebranding event in March, but the student publication lost club status after the student union wanted to control what the Post published.

Staff followed up with these details and questioned what “sanctioned” on-campus media exactly meant, but Nazim has yet to respond publicly or to a private Post request via Instagram’s Direct Message function.

The Avro Post is backed by the Canadian University Press, a national student journalism organization that was founded 1938.


Response

Students at the University of Guelph-Humber have started to respond to the comments made by their vice president. 

“It is IGNITE’s responsibility to respond to media requests, sanctioned or not,” Emelia Maceášik said, asking “what does ‘sanctioned’ mean in this context, anyways?”

Maceášik is the president of an IGNITE-sanctioned club, the Humber College branch of the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

“Regardless, if students have questions, they deserve to be answered in a timely and professional manner…the opposite of what IGNITE is doing,” the Guelph-Humber student continued.


Comments

The Avro Post has compiled the comments from the Instagram post for accountability purposes.

First response by TAP
Response by VP Nazim
Second response by TAP

The Avro Post has sent several emails to IGNITE executives that have gone unanswered since August, several of them being requests for comment on topics or events.

A record of emails compiled in an investigation last month found that 14 emails have gone unanswered, with likely more since it was published on Nov. 15, and with no comment from IGNITE.


Image of Maheen Nazim from campaign.

Editor’s Note: With the use of the word staff, The Avro Post means that multiple staff members of the publication carried out the interaction. ■

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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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A new era for IGNITE

The next generation of directors will have new challenges.

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With the passing of several bylaw amendments on Wednesday at a Special Meeting of the Members, IGNITE on Thursday strides into a new era with five months of decision-making behind it.

Elections will start in a matter of weeks and, for the first time in its history, the student union will not be electing executives. There will only be candidates for the Board, which sits at the top of IGNITE. 

There will be open seats at Humber College’s North, Lakeshore and Orangeville Campuses as well as at the University of Guelph-Humber. This next generation of directors will preside over a very different student union then the one the current term was handed last April.

In some ways, there will be more certainty.

They will enter a student union that has been reset with a new, more corporate direction moving forward through a new base rule: By-law No. 1 — which resets the rules for IGNITE with the bylaw amendments that students passed at the Special Meeting of the Members, combined with the skeleton of the previous Constitution.

That is not to say there will not be challenges. Chief among them will be the ongoing legal struggle over the Student Choice Initiative. Currently, the province is looking to appeal the decision made by the Ontario Divisional Court to strike down the initiative.

Several student unions, including the University of Toronto Students’ Union, have cancelled opt-out portals, ending its optional student fees and returning to the previous status quo of 100 per cent mandatory fees.

IGNITE reiterated its position on Wednesday that it would not end optional student fees while the SCI was in essential legal limbo.

If the Ford administration is successful in repealing the court ruling, student union officials said they would not want a scenario where they would have to flip-flop between mandatory and optional fees.

Directors will also have to manage hiring and overseeing the new student engagement coordinators, who will replace the current executive model.

They will be hired staffers within the student union and sit below the executive director and alongside part-time staff, according to graphics released by IGNITE. ■

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Constitution formally replaced with ‘By-law No. 1’

It awaits AGM approval.

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Following approval by the members of new bylaw amendments on Wednesday, IGNITE has replaced its Constitution with “By-law No. 1”, though it still needs confirmation by the members at the Annual General Meeting.

By-Law No. 1 contains eight pages of rules, a full five pages less than the previous Constitution. It states it will need confirmation by the members on Mar. 22, 2020, a potential reveal of the date set for the AGM, a normal timeframe. ■

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