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Timeline: IGNITE cuts off students from Board meetings



File photo on Sept. 12, 2019 by Eli Ridder/The Avro Post.

Here is what you need to know.

  • Sometime between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, IGNITE removed this text from their Governance page: “Progress is made through open and honest conversation. You are invited to attend Board of Directors meetings.”



  • Later on Sept. 11, after TAP reporting, IGNITE put up a legal stance on its Governance page arguing that they had the right to close off meetings to students because of the Ontario Corporations Act. We wrote an analysis related to that.


  • An ex-president of a different student union told The Post on Sept. 12 that he found their legal claim dubious pointing out that the act does not explicitly say that members of such a corporation cannot be in a Board meeting unless that Board votes to go in-camera. More on that here.


  • Also on Sept. 12, IGNITE responded to a tweet from The Post’s editor-in-chief saying that the changes were made on the “recommendation of our lawyer”.
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