Eli Ridder | Report

Nominations closed for the University of Guelph Senate races and the IGNITE campaigns at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday respectively, setting the stage for a critical election period over the next several weeks.

There are 13 races taking place — one for president, three for vice president, nine for the Board of Directors and four seats representing the University of Guelph-Humber on the Guelph Senate.

No candidate has yet openly declared but those that are running will be publicly announced next week — though The Avro Post can verify that there is at least one student running for Senate.

Last year, there were only three candidates for four seats in the Senate, forcing a September by-election when five students entered the race.

With the context of the upcoming Ontario Student Assistance Program grant cuts and optional student fees, this election season is set to be critical for student unions across the province. The Senate deals with academic advocacy and thus will largely be unaffected by the optional fees.

IGNITE’s elected executives, who are paid from student fees, have ignored The Avro Post since August 2018 without explanation.

Vice President of Guelph-Humber Maheen Nazim said last year that the publication was “not sanctioned” — the only reaction by an executive. It remains to be seen whether the new IGNITE executive will act the same way.

The campaign period will start next week and IGNITE will host three election forums at the University of Guelph-Humber, Humber College North Campus and Lakeshore Campus.

There are no public events slated for Senate candidates, but The Avro Post will be hosting a candidate forum for those that choose to attend.

Image of elections podium from files.

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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