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Board of Directors pushes budget until optional fees impact

They also considered a 2 per cent increase in fees.



Eli Ridder | Report

The IGNITE Board of Directors agreed on Wednesday night to a proposed budget for the next and upcoming fiscal year that will remain as a basis until the members find out the real financial impact of the optional student fees.

Executive Director Ercole Perrone said he and IGNITE staff will provide a new budget after the implications of the new fees policy comes into play later this year — and that will be to the next elected Board.

Also considered was a 2 per cent increase in student fees across the board for mandatory and optional levies.

The Board meeting was “the most important of the year” Director Margarita Bader told The Avro Post. Guests at the meeting included Guelph-Humber Board candidates Erika Caldwell and Afifa Abbaszadeh and Pre-Medical Society co-founder Hannah Derue.

The candidates and some Board members had just wrapped up election meet-and-greet events earlier in the afternoon that saw president, vice president and Board candidates answer questions and give details on their platforms.

A student there to watch the Board meeting asked Chair Shayan Shakil if students who opt-out of paying optional IGNITE fees will still be able to access the events and services that are funded by those who do pay.

He replied that he has some ideas for how to tackle that, including charging students on an event-by-event basis, but explained at this point that no one knows what amount of money will be coming into the student union and to wait on more information.

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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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