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Talks continue over campus Presto machine

Metrolinx, Humber College and IGNITE are talking.

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Discussions are ongoing between Metrolinx, Humber College and IGNITE for the addition of a Presto machine on campus, officials said on Wednesday and Thursday, with the onus this week on the college to review the financial impact.

Scott Money of Metrolinx said in an emailed statement that the next step in the process was for Presto to provide Humber Sustainability Specialist Devon Fernandes with device costs and specifications.

Money added that Presto hopes to have the information to Fernandes this week. It marks a development in the long running effort to bring the machines to campus, which allow users to refresh their transit credit cards.

Humber College’s communications manager Emily Milic said in an email that “Humber and IGNITE are working together to determine the feasibility of installing a Presto reloadable machine on campus.”

“Currently, students and staff can use the Presto app to reload their cards and they will continue to have this option available to them.”

It is unclear what say the student union will have on the decision to purchase a reload machine for campus, but it has long been move supported by and called for by students.

The Avro Post first reported exclusively in March that Humber and Metrolinx, which owns Presto and GO Transit, were in talks to bring the vendors to Humber’s Toronto campuses.

There are upwards of 30,000 students at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber and thousands of them utilize multiple forms of city and intercity transit. Most of the transit systems, if not all of them, accept the smart Presto cards.

In January, Humber Et Cetera reported that it did not appear a Presto machine would be coming to campus anytime soon, leaving students to find a machine elsewhere or load their cards online, a process that takes sometimes 24 hours to finish.

At the time, IGNITE Vice President Megan Roopnarine had just won her election race. She told The Avro Post in March that the development was was “great news”, adding that it is “much-needed for the student body”.

When asked if she will reach out to the Humber College administration to find out what movement they have made towards bringing a Presto machine to campus, Roopnarine said “that’s the plan.”

Bringing a Presto machine to campus was on Roopnarine’s election platform as she ran to represent students at the University of Guelph-Humber. If one is added to campus, it would be a win for her advocacy.

IGNITE candidates have for years added advocating for Presto machines on campus to their platforms, but none that ended up elected have been successful thus far in their efforts. ■

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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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