Eli Ridder | Analysis

It is almost that time again for the student body to be bombarded with posters for some odd seven positions, depending on which campus, and choose a candidate they feel embodies their values, or is popular.

Last year, the election was just months after the college faculty strike that made the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College look like deserted campuses for five weeks, making transparency and communications top issues for first-time and veteran candidates alike.

The election forums, basically stylized similar to meet-and-greet’s with a few questions than intense debates, were filled with the words accountability, clarity and accessibility — mixed with a few new ideas such as a physical service map, solar powered buildings and an IGNITE app.

It should be noted that an impartial and fact-based analysis by The Avro Post’s investigative unit found that those who were elected by the students in 2018 did not follow through on a majority of their platform items, though it’s not clear why because the student union does not consider TAP legitimate, and therefore refuses to talk to student journalists while at the same time insisting that they are transparent.

It’s not expected that the freedom of the student press will be a major election topic, however. There will likely be a repeat of what took place previously: Better this and better that with a few original ideas sprinkled throughout.

It is not clear who the new candidates are, though there are unconfirmed rumours, but until nominations close on Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. and a subsequent announcement is made, we will not know who will be in the running.

More details to follow. Image from The Avro Post.

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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