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Board Director responds to poll, against open letter

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One member of the IGNITE Board of Directors responded to a voluntary, unofficial poll posted by The Avro Post, indicating that they were in opposition to an open letter urging transparency and direct communication from directors.

The Post’s Administrative Board sent an open letter to the directors calling on them to “come out of the shadows and allow us to question and understand” after a new policy was introduced by the student union cutting off access to the previously open Board meetings.

A poll was posted to The Post’s Instagram Story on Tuesday evening asking “was our Board right to publish this open letter pleading transparency?”

Director Eden Tavares, who represents Humber College’s North Campus, voted “no” on the interactive poll. It is extremely rare for IGNITE directors or executives to interact with The Post on social media, however, her input came after all directors were tagged in the posted open letter.

Tavares was acclaimed as a director in the spring after only four candidates ran for four open seats to represent North Campus. She received 1,093 votes, however, putting her in third place in the election results.

Tavares in a campaign interview ahead of the election gave her appreciation for The Avro Post, saying, that if elected, she “would do my best to involve the independent student press.”

The Post has been asked by IGNITE to only request comments or interviews via Executive Director Ercolé Perrone, the top staffer at the student union. This is despite job descriptions of the executive positions stating that the president and vice presidents are to talk to on-campus media.

Due to these rules, The Post is not able to follow up with Tavares directly regarding her response to the poll.

A student, who is also an IGNITE club president, responded to The Post’s open letter in an Instagram comment, saying that Director Stephanie Fallico is from her program and is “wonderful”. Fallico responded, posting in a comment reply “thank you, really appreciate that.”

IGNITE is holding a press conference on Oct. 4 where they will discussion and take questions on changes to the student union’s by-laws. It is expected the changes to the Board rules, which has caused backlash, will be addressed. ■

Reporting by staff, editing by Eli Ridder.
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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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