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IGNITE releases ‘a year in review’ video

IGNITE highlights the year.



Eli Ridder | Report

The student union for Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber released “a year in review” video highlighting the amount of students IGNITE interacted with throughout the year with different programs and services.

There were “79 part-time student staff” in “15 different roles” and “26 students in leadership roles”, 54 clubs for students to join across North and Lakeshore Campuses and 120 student articles published on their website.

“The 2018-2019 [school year] brought a lot of exciting change,” IGNITE wrote in the caption, highlighting the accessibility focus groups spearheaded by President Monica Khosla to the pay-what-you-can soupbar.

“At the same time, we know that this year has presented its challenges when it comes to cuts to OSAP and the launch of the Students’ Choice Initiative,” the post continued, referencing changes to student financial life mandated by the progressive Conservative provincial government.

“It’s more important than ever that we continue to stand up for the rights of students and pushback against those that tell us otherwise. It’s our mission to make your student experience the best it can be. See you in September!”

IGNITE, along with its counterparts across Ontario, could see a reduction in its operating budget as optional student fees coming into play this fall could cut off parts of its funding. Previously, students would pay around $75 in fees to the student union.

A 10 per cent cut was made to overall tuition costs while grants were cut back so all students have to take a minimum of some loans from the Ontario Student Assistance Program.

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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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