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Humber College closing Orangeville Campus as of 2021

The announcement was made Wednesday.

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Humber College said on Wednesday evening that it had made the difficult decision to shutter its Orangeville Campus for the end of June 2021 over operation costs, tuition reductions and enrolment issues.

Students who began their studies the fall 2019 semester will be the last cohort to graduate from the campus, located an hour away from Humber College’s more central North Campus.

“Over the years, we have been grateful to have a supportive partner in the Town of Orangeville. We will make every effort to support all individuals who are impacted by this decision,” said Chris Whitaker, president of Humber College, in a press release.

“Humber will continue to provide local learners with online learning and corporate training. We will also continue to partner with local school boards to deliver dual credit programming for the remainder of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.”

Humber’s Orangeville location was opened as a satellite campus in 2007 as a partnership between the Town of Orangeville and operated out of the Alder Street Recreation Complex, supporting hundreds of full-time students per year, according to the college.

“I’d like to thank the Town of Orangeville for its support and commitment throughout our relationship,” Orangeville Principal Joe Andrews said in the statement, remarking that the municipality has always been welcoming to students, staff and faculty.

“Our work now is to ensure our last two graduating classes are career-ready and prepared for the workforce of the future.”

The college first signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the township to establish the satellite campus in 2005. This year, there are 205 full-time students studying in four programs, representing 0.7 per cent of Humber’s total full-time student body.

In 2004 the Town of Orangeville approached Humber with the concept to build a new campus to service the community and those surrounding Dufferin County that led to a partnership in 2005, according to the college’s Orangeville page.

The closing date aligns with Humber’s lease agreement with the Alder Recreation Complex. The press release cited the “campus’ net operating loss in the past few years, ongoing enrolment challenges, increasing operating costs and recent reductions in tuition revenue” as contributors to the closure.

As a result of Humber’s decision, Georgian College will begin offering Social Service Worker and Early Childhood Education programs at its Orangeville location starting next fall, two programs currently offered by Humber in Orangeville. ■

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IGNITE Board to meet again in a hidden location

The student union has hidden exact locations since September.

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IGNITE’s Board of Directors, made up of elected student representatives, will be meeting on Wednesday evening at the University of Guelph-Humber, according to a schedule posted earlier this year by the student union, but no exact location or time has been made public.

The Board meeting locations were removed by the student union in September after paid staff blocked a reporter from The Avro Post from entering that month’s gathering of directors, a meeting that later turned out to be of major significance.

The Avro Post attempted to find the meeting in October but was unsuccessful. According to the IGNITE bylaws, the directors have to hold a majority vote to kick a student from the meeting, including student journalists. They are also required to post the meetings publicly.

However, IGNITE has rules currently on its Governance webpage that instruct students, who are classified as members of the union, to reach out to the executive director to obtain access to the meetings, bending the rules of their own bylaws.

If the meeting is indeed held in the University of Guelph-Humber, the typical location for the Board to gather is the conference room found by the entrance doors to the university in the Atrium. ■

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‘This is Garbage’ exhibit launches Thursday

It will be revealed in Lakeshore Campus.

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Garbage will be at the centre of the “This is Garbage” exhibit reveal at Humber College Lakeshore Campus on Thursday.

Sanda Van Ruymbeke will speak on critical analysis and explore the perception and constructs related to discarding material the way society does.

Ruymbeke will look at what contribution can one’s artistic practice make to challenge cultural perceptions and re-imagine the possibilities and value of garbage.

Sandra and Constant Van Ruymeke collaborated for the exhibit, which will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre.

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Don Cherry dropped by Sportsnet

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Don Cherry, who recently was under a lot of criticism following his poppy statement on Saturday night, was forced to step down from his long-running position on Hockey Night In Canada Monday afternoon.

Cherry, who was under fire since Saturday, was fired after his comments in which he talked about immigrants of Canada to support the troops and wear a poppy this Remembrance Day.

Cherry has had an illustrious career with Hockey Night in Canada spending 37 years a part of the business. Ron Maclean, who was Cherry’s co-host of Coaches Corner, issued his own apology during his Hometown Hockey segment yesterday evening during the Leafs-Blackhawks game.

Later Monday evening, Cherry had shared his thoughts on his firing, saying “I mean’t everything I said.”

Sportsnet had then released a lengthy statement Monday evening.

Cherry, who has been welcomed into Canadian homes for the last 37 years will not longer appear Saturday night for the first time.

What will come of Hockey Night in Canada following Cherry’s firing? Change is certainly coming and Saturday’s will no longer be the same with Ron and Don during the first intermission.

Tune in Saturday evening when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. ■

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