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Board Director responds to poll, against open letter

Eden Tavares voted on Instagram.



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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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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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