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IGNITE holding October press conference

Press can ask questions.

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Student journalists will be able to ask questions of IGNITE during an October press conference that campus publications were invited to on Wednesday morning.

Student union officials will “give an overview of proposed IGNITE By-law changes and take brief questions,” an email from Executive Director Ercolé Perrone reads.

“The proposed changes will bring clarity to IGNITE in terms of best practices relating to the separation of governance from operations and is part of our evolution to provide excellence in representation and service delivery to our students.”

Two representatives from each student publication are allowed to attend the Oct. 4 briefing, which will start at 11 a.m. and last for one hour in KX207 in North Campus.

The press conference follows weeks of backlash from student journalists and members of the student body after IGNITE put in place a new policy that blocks students from Board of Directors meetings.

The move to cut off the meetings was unprecedented. Students and student press were previously allowed to attend, as is the status quo for student unions across the province.

The Board makes decisions regarding IGNITE’s finances and holds accountable the elected executives. The Board is made up of 10 elected officials from Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber campuses.

When a journalist from The Avro Post was blocked from the Board meeting on Sept. 11, a new policy was posted on the IGNITE Governance webpage that states that only with permission from the executive director can students attend meetings or access meeting minutes.

The invitation to student press comes the morning after The Avro Post’s Administrative Board wrote an open letter to the Board of Directors urging transparency in an attempt to gain more information about the student union’s finances and impact of the optional student fees.

It was not immediately clear whether the by-laws that Perrone cites in the invitation to the press conference include the new policy around Board meetings, but it is likely.

The Post has formally submitted a request for journalists to attend the Board of Directors meetings and asked for all Board minutes since January 2016, following the new rules.

According to provincial law, for the Board to go in-camera, or into closed meetings, they need a vote by the Board members itself, according to former student union president Jack Fisher.

IGNITE will also be holding a press conference-style Special Meeting of the Members on Oct. 16, open to any qualifying student. However, it is unclear what the qualifications will be for IGNITE “members” as the previous rules are now invalid due to the Student Choice Initiative.

Previously, any full-time student at Humber College or Guelph-Humber who had paid their ancillary fee, a requirement for all students until now, were members.  ■

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Ambulance on campus for the 3rd time in 7 days

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Cruisers in front of the LRC.

An ambulance and three Toronto Police vehicles were on campus on Wednesday afternoon for around one hour, marking at least the third time within seven days that emergency services have been spotted on campus.

It did not appear the ambulance was used during the hour or longer that it was parked in front of the Learning Resource Commons at the front of North Campus.

Two cruisers were parked in front, a police SUV and multiple campus security vehicles were in and out of the area.

The ambulance and police SUV departed campus at 3:40 p.m. while the first cruiser departed soon after. The final cruiser departed after 4 p.m. and no details were immediately available.

An ambulance was in front of the Learning Resource Commons a week ago as a male patient was carried out on a stretcher. On Sunday night, an ambulance was spotted in front of Residence T Building.

The Avro Post has reached out for details from Humber College. ■

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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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