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Exclusive: SCI brings changes to IGNITE clubs

Students who opt out can still join clubs.

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When IGNITE club presidents received a briefing by staff on Friday afternoon, they were told of several changes moving forward in how their groups would operate as part of the student union, sources told The Avro Post on Saturday.

Staff told the leaders of over two dozen clubs that students will not have to remain opted in to be able to join. However, club leadership, including presidents and vice presidents, will have to remain opted in to the Leadership and Development Fee to keep their positions.

This could also set a precedent for the those running in the IGNITE elections. It will not be clear until changes to the Constitution are ratified at the Oct. 16 Special Meeting of the Members, a document that includes requirements for candidates.

Another significant change from the previous year are the new rules around refreshments. Clubs are now limited to having refreshments at a club meeting once per month and are encouraged to “spend wisely”, according to one source speaking on the condition she remain anonymous.

Kristy Lam, a club president and a reporter for The Avro Post, confirmed the details relayed by sources.

The Student Choice Initiative, or SCI, was introduced by the Progressive Conservative provincial government earlier this year as part of a package of changes to student life including a 10 per cent cut to domestic tuition and slashes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program, or OSAP.

Student unions, levy-funded campus publications and other post-secondary organizations consider the SCI a threat to their funding and existence. The province says the move gives the choice back to the students, among other reasons, as explained to The Post in an interview with an MPP.

The Canadian Federation of Students, partnered with the York Federation of Students, have engaged in what analysts consider a longshot lawsuit that argues the SCI should be rolled back. Before optional student fees, full-time students paid a mandatory fee to IGNITE that recently cost about $75.

IGNITE’s $11 million budget is split up among health and dental insurance for students, staffing, governance, events and more. It is unclear how much funding the student union will have to work with until numbers are released, should they choose to publicize them.

The changes to club policy and warnings about using funds wisely shows that the student union is preparing for different outcomes. Executive Director Ercolé Perrone told The Avro Post earlier this year that IGNITE, as with provincial counterparts, are preparing for nearly any funding scenario.

Correction: This article initially stated that IGNITE club presidents needed to remain opted in to all fees when, in fact, they just needed to remain opted in to the Leadership and Development Fee.  ■

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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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