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Humber College confirms ‘tragic death’ on residence

Humber confirms a death on residence.

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Humber College informed students living on residence about a “tragic death” on Friday, after emergency services arrived on campus, a floor closed and rumours swirled during the afternoon and into the evening.

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“The Humber community is saddened by the tragic death of a student living in North Campus residence, that occurred today,” said an email from Jason Hunter of the college administration to select students. The email was seen by The Avro Post.

“Details are limited and Humber is working with Toronto Police Service as it investigates the incident. Please be assured that at no time was there a broader public safety risk to the community.”

Hunter, vice president of students and institutional planning, wrote that counselling support and Employee Assistance Program services are available to those who made need it after this incident.

Link: A List of Mental Health Supports

An ambulance was in front of the S Building residence on North Campus Friday afternoon, the third floor was closed off and an “unpleasant” scent was coming from it.

Rumours were circulating that there was a death late on Friday afternoon, a correspondent with The Avro Post in residence had reported.

It is unclear at this point whether the death was an intentional or unintentional self-harm incident or another cause. The individual has not been named by the college, police or the family and will not be by The Avro Post.

Humber College spokesman Andrew Leopold separately confirmed later on Friday night that the incident had taken place, essentially repeating the email sent to students in response to a request for comment.

Humber College is expected to give a “message” to the community on Monday, it said in a tweet.


Image of the ambulance outside resident from The Avro Post.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the student’s family and friends. For mental health help, please visit SWAC.

Whatever information we do or do not have on the individual we are not passing on out of respect for the family. There will likely be an official announcement from Humber College, families or police authorities when it is appropriate.  ■

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    April 6, 2019 at 12:37 am

    This is disgusting. This man harassed students for information BEFORE THE FAMILY KNEW

  2. Anonymous

    April 6, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Please do not post this sort of thing so soon after. The family didn’t know and you have no right to post this until they do know. What is wrong with you. Stuff like this shouldn’t be allowed up this soon after. Please take it down asap.

    • Anonymous

      April 6, 2019 at 1:26 am

      It was public knowledge and shared amongst the student populace before this story was posted, according to the time stamp on Twitter.

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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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