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VP Hamilton ready to fight, cut test centre times

The new VP talks to The Post.

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IGNITE Vice President Shay Hamilton, who was hired to the student union’s executive in July to represent North Campus, told The Avro Post on Friday that she is ready to fight for students at Queen’s Park and aims to slash wait times for the Humber College testing centres.

In written responses passed on by an IGNITE spokesman, Hamilton also gave her stance on the Student Choice Initiative, saying that she believes it will “negatively impact the most vulnerable students the most”, an opinion shared by student unions across the province.

The vice president, said that IGNITE has supplied nearly $800,000 via its bursary program, but because of the new optional student fees bringing uncertainty to its funding, Hamilton said that the student union has “decided to focus strictly on our Financial Relief Program.”

“On the flip side, I think the Student Choice Initiative will give us great insight into what services and programs appeal most to students based on what they choose to opt-in to,” she added, saying it will serve as a litmus test for what programs can be improved.

The provincial government under Premier Doug Ford in January announced the SCI as part of several changes to post-secondary education which included a 10 per cent tuition cut, optional student fees and slashing grants in the Ontario Student Assistance Program, or OSAP.

The second year Paralegal Education student said she became interested in the role because “I love people and fighting for people’s rights”, writing in response to a question about representing the student body at Queen’s Park that “I would never take on this position if I was not ready to fight for our students.”

On transparency, Hamilton, who resides in Brampton, said that it is “at the core of IGNITE” and she is “a strong believer that the most powerful way to empower people is by being transparent about the work you’re doing.”

The student union has since its 2016 inception been plagued with some allegations and general discontentment regarding transparency, particularly around budgets. Candidates often run on improving transparency, specifically at the University of Guelph-Humber.

When it comes to the independent student press, Hamilton wrote that she appreciates and recommends it, saying that “Humber os a polytechnic school and we want students to get as much hands-on experience anywhere.”

“If a student wants to create a blog and start writing to grab experience and build from the ground why would IGNITE or Humber College not encourage that, it’s exactly what we want for students,” Hamilton continued.

Her opinion could be at odds with two-term President Monica Khosla, who ran an administration from fall 2018 to spring 2019 that entirely ignored The Avro Post. It was even reportedly difficult for the established Humber Et Cetera to get access, according to two sources.

Since April, however, IGNITE’s executive director has granted several exclusive interviews with The Post ahead of major changes coming to the student union this fall.

As for her favourite aspect of Humber College, Hamilton highlighted that that it is a polytechnic institution. This designation means that the school has a variety of programs, usually in technical arts or applied sciences — and Humber is the largest college in Canada.

Hamilton joins President Khosla, Lakeshore counterpart Ryan Stafford and Guelph-Humber Vice President Megan Roopnarine to make up the four-part executive. IGNITE also has a Board of Directors that make financial decisions and meet on a monthly basis during the school year. ■

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Humber to mark violence against women day

A ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

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Humber College will on Friday mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with an Indigenous guest speaker.

The ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. and run until 1 p.m., though the event page does not list a definite location.

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Top events on campus: Week of Dec. 1

Weekly round up of the top events at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber North for week of Dec. 1.

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This is our weekly round up of what we consider the top events that are happening at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber College North Campus. All events on campus are free unless stated otherwise. 

Monday, Dec. 2

Humber Networking Event

The Humber students of the Fitness and Health Promotion will be hosting the 2nd annual networking event. This event will feature presentations from three alumni of the program featuring their academic experience and their current career path. Refreshments will be provided.

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North
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Friday, Dec. 6

Humber Spin-A-Thon 2019

The department of Health Wellness and Science will be hosting the 10th-annual United Way Spin-A-Thon. Donations will be accepted for the United Way Organization. Refreshments will be provided and there will be prizes to be won.

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North, Concourse E135
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Mental health resources are a tap away

Stress levels are rising as exams approach.

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There are a variety of websites and apps that will assist in students’ mental health and wellness throughout the school year and with exams approaching, stress levels are rising across the campuses of Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Last Saturday was International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and it was designated to those who have lost individuals to suicide. It was also a day to take a moment to realize the individuals that have attempted suicide in their life, who may have committed suicide and many whom have thoughts about suicide.

Suicide is a topic that is rarely approached due to the stigma around mental health and the lack of knowledge that society may have.

The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, or SWAC, provided The Avro Post with a list of websites and apps that students can have access to on their own time.

Crisis and general support consists of The Lifeline, which is an app that provides you with a good amount of numbers to call or websites to attend, 7 Cups, a website and app that provides you access to online listeners and therapists. As a warning, 7 Cups may be triggering to some because the listeners are not professionally trained.

Be Safe: You deserve help is also another app option.

When depression and mood support is required, Stigma is an option that Android users can use, Intellicare, an app that consists of 12 mini apps may come to benefit, and there are mood trackers like Mind your Mood, Youper or Emoods Mood Tracker.

Anxiety can be managed through the support of apps such as: Stop, Breathe & Think, Self-Help for Anxiety, Mindshift and B2R – Breathe to Relax. One app that can support both depression and anxiety is Sanvello.

For stress management, there are apps like Healthy Minds, Happify, Headspace (for students there is a subscription that only costs $10 a year) and Calm.

The first semester of a long academic year is coming to a close, but there are supports available for the inevitable stress that comes with it. ■

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