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IGNITE president highlights services in ‘Ask Humber’ interview

President Monica Khosla represents IGNITE in interview.

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IGNITE President Monica Khosla was interviewed Thursday on “Ask Humber”, a live stream series posted by Humber College on social media, and highlighted the mission, services and initiatives run by the student union.

Yanni Thepanya (L), Monica Khosla (R)

Khosla, who is in her second term in the top position, was asked questions live by Yanni Thepanya, a recruitment advisor for the college. They discussed the impact IGNITE has on North Campus over the course of a half-hour question and answer session.

The feminine hygiene kits, a first in Canada, according to Khosla, the sleep lounge and the many IGNITE events that take place during the year were highlighted and expanded upon.

Thepanya brought up the cuts to the Ontario Student Assistance Program, asking what IGNITE did to address the changes made by the provincial Progressive Conservative government earlier this year.

In January, then-post-secondary education minister Merrilee Fullerton announced a reform package that cut domestic tuition by 10 per cent, cut OSAP grants and introduced the Student Choice Initiative that will allow students to opt-out of certain ancillary fees.

In response to Thepanya’s question, Khosla read a scripted response that detailed IGNITE’s postcard initiative which saw IGNITE bring some 5,000 cards to Queen’s Park in support of the student union and against the optional student fees that threaten parts of its funding.

She also for the first time verified that the postcards were handed directly to the office of Premier Doug Ford, a detail that was not known publicly previously. The postcards were primarily focused on the optional student fees, not specifically the OSAP reforms.

Khosla said “that’s just the start” and that “if something else comes up this year, we will be right in your corner again” as a voice for the students. IGNITE has been criticized by from select students that the postcards were “not enough”, and that more could be done.

The Canadian Federation of Students, in partnership with the York Federation of Students, took the Ford government to court over the summer for the SCI, arguing that the province does not have the authority to interfere in the relationship between student unions and institutions.

There was no direct mention of the Student Choice Initiative, its impact or plans for its aftermath. Questions from a Post reporter, who is also a Humber College student, were deferred to the email of Khosla, who maintains a policy of usually ignoring The Avro Post.

Khosla continued on, claiming that if there is an issue that would “pose a risk to your student life on campus, then we’re going to do something about it”. Thepanya enthusiastically added, “IGNITE’s got you”.

Meanwhile, IGNITE’s vice presidents Shay Hamilton of North Campus, Ryan Stafford of Lakeshore and Megan Roopnarine of the University of Guelph-Humber were at the Orangeville Campus for orientation.

Orangeville for the first time has a representative with a member on the Board of Directors.


Frosh: ‘It’s going to be incredible’

President Monica Khosla went into some detail promoting IGNITE’s annual Frosh. The biggest event will be the paint party taking place at Woodbine Racetrack held on Sept. 21, a Saturday.

“People are going to be shooting paint at other people and it’s going to be a really fun and colourful dance party,” Khosla told Yanni Thepanya, who is also a part-time student.

Khosla assured students that “I promise you the paint is not going to hurt you” but that they should wear clothing that can get messy, adding that “it’s going to be incredible.”

When asked where students can get more information, the student union president said that those interested can register via the IGNITE website. As of Thursday, the Frosh event was not featured on the homepage and the event page only reads “coming soon”. ■

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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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