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Humber College outlines how student fees will work

It includes two categories.

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In an email to students on Monday afternoon, Humber College detailed how tuition fees will work for the upcoming semester with the newly mandated Student Choice Initiative, breaking it down into two sections of ancillary fees and Enhanced Student Experience fees.

Ancillary fees are the compulsory and and “support student services and activities distinct from academic programming”, said the Office of the Registrar. At least several of these fees will fund some library services and sports.

The so-called “enhanced student experience” charges will fund IGNITE, the student union representing those enrolled at Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber, and its clubs. It also covers career planning programs, leadership development and the college’s alumni network.

The Student Choice Initiative, or SCI, was introduced by Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative provincial government earlier this year to allow students to opt-out of certain ancillary fees that were previously mandatory.

The announcement was made amid a 10 per cent tuition cut for domestic students and major slashes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program. The SCI and student financial aid cuts have caused significant backlash from student organizations, campus publications and students across Ontario.

The fees for the IGNITE student union break down into five categories: leadership programming, governance, events, career-focused programming and student financial relief. Each fee can be opted-out of individually and together cost $55.95.

The amount has previously been around $75 for all IGNITE fees but because the health and dental insurance plans are considered part of the mandatory bundle for those that do not already have it, this fee appears lower.

For full costs, the college encouraged students to sign into their MyHumber account and find more information through the “Student Account and Fees” tab. University of Guelph-Humber students can visit WebAdvisor.

The IGNITE optional fees apply the same to those enrolled at both Humber and Guelph-Humber.

Ercole Perrone, IGNITE’s executive director and top member of staff, told The Post earlier this year that the Humber College Board of Governors would have to approve the SCI process, following strict rules from the provincial government.

Perrone will be speaking with journalists from The Post on Tuesday, when there will likely be more details given around how the college and the student union worked to approve the optional student fees.

The IGNITE Board of Directors, made up of elected students, passed what was essentially a stopgap budget earlier this year that was later approved at the Annual General Meeting.

Chris Whitaker, president of the college, confirmed in that Humber’s approach to comply with the SCI would include core services that will remain paid for.

“There will also be a group of things which are there on an opt-in basis and then I think the idea is that students will be able to select from a menu what they want to support and what they don’t,” Whitaker told Humber News in an interview.

It was the first statement from the college administration on how the optional student fees will be presented, but it appears there was no further questioning on what exactly the “menu” of options will entail.

Provincial parliamentarian and secretary to the post-secondary education minister David Piccini told The Avro Post last week that it was largely up to each institution how the optional student fees would be carried out.

The college president also encouraged students at the time to take time to budget very carefully while financing is available, consider all options and “certainly seek out any advice or assistance from the various supports and services that exist at Humber”.


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Rainn Wilson visit postponed

Any updates will be posted by IGNITE.

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A 2020 visit to Humber College by Rainn Wilson — who played Dwight Schrute on The Office — originally scheduled for January has been postponed due to an “unforeseen conflict with his production schedule”, IGNITE said in a statement posted on Friday.

“We appreciate your patience as we work towards a new date,” the student union, which has scheduled the actor as a guest for its Real Talks series, posted to its Instagram Story, adding that any updates will be published on IGNITE’s social media and on its website.

Although The Office has been off the air for a few years at this point, the legacy of Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. still has a strong grip on pop culture and television as a whole.

The jokes of Dwight Schrute, Michael Scott, Jim Halpert, Pam Beasley and all of the wild and wacky employees from Scranton, PA can still be heard quoted both in-person and online.

Wilson won the SAG award for Performance in an Ensemble Cast for comedy series for The Office in 2004, 2007 and 2008 which he shared with his costars of the show.

In the time since The Office left TV, Wilson has founded the website and YouTube channel SoulPancake. The channel tackles the human experience and focuses on those who have the ability to change the world.

Wilson has also been part of numerous movements that focus on the betterment of the planet and has recently switched to a vegan lifestyle. He was involved with Justin Wu’s UN Climate Change project in order to bring aware to the crisis that the global community is facing for the foreseeable future.

Tickets for the event were to go on sale on Jan. 2 and would have been $5 for Humber and Guelph-Humber students and $15 for non-Humber students and guests. Only one guest would have been allowed per Humber or Guelph-Humber student. ■

Reporting by Nicholas Seles;
Editing by Eli Ridder.
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Andrew Scheer resigning as Conservative Party leader

He will remain as an MP.

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After failing to claim a win in the federal election and amid revelations that he used party money to pay for his children’s private schooling, Andrew Scheer said on Thursday he will resign as leader of the Conservative Party.

Scheer said he will remain as leader until a replacement is chosen in remarks to the House of Commons after the news broke, adding that he will ask the party to start the process of a leadership contest. He will remain the member of parliament for Regina–Qu’Appelle.

“In order to chart the course ahead in the direction this party is heading, the party needs someone who can give 100 per cent,” Scheer, who led the Conservatives in winning the popular vote. Because the Tory ballots were concentrated in prairie provinces, the party was unable to win the most ridings.

His resignation comes as a direct result of new revelations that he was using party money to pay for his children’s private schooling, according to Conservative sources who spoke with Global News. The money was spent without permission from the Tory fund board.

Though the decision to resign was not made lightly, Scheer cited conversations with his loved ones, and said he “felt it was time to put my family first”.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked Scheer for his service in parliament and said “I wish him all the very, very best in his next steps” while acknowledging the sacrifices made by the families of politicians. ■

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Once again, reporters barred from IGNITE Board meeting

The meeting takes place at Lakeshore Campus.

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IGNITE logo on a Lakeshore Campus building on Dec. 11, 2019.

Two student reporters from The Avro Post were told they could not enter a Board of Directors meeting at Lakeshore Campus on Wednesday evening by Chairperson Neto Naniwambote, once again breaking the student union’s own bylaws.

The bylaws state that Board meetings are open to members — all students — unless the directors then and there pass a motion to exclude the members from the meeting.

Because reporters arrived at what was scheduled to be the beginning of the meeting, it is clear there was no such vote for Wednesday. Minutes released from September and October show no such vote took place.

IGNITE broke its own bylaws when an official told a student journalist in September that she could not enter what turned out later to be a critical Board meeting and continues to do so each time it blocks students without a vote.

In October, four reporters from The Post attempted to find a meeting scheduled to take place in North Campus. Despite being early to the location of where they typically occur, the reporters were unable to find any directors

The November meeting was scheduled to take place in the University of Guelph-Humber. It appeared as though it was taking place inside a conference room on the first floor of the Atrium but reporters were unable to verify.

The organization also removed the exact times and meeting locations that were posted in the summer sometime between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11 — another violation of its bylaws that they have not addressed.

As pressure mounts from student journalists and those that follow student politics to create more transparency, IGNITE has been holding Board of Directors meetings without allowing access.

The Board meetings were set for 6 p.m. before the time was deleted from the IGNITE website. Room numbers were also given and can still be previewed via a website cataloging service.  ■

Reporting by Kristy Lam, Eli Ridder.
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