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Heated debate tackles climate, economy, more

A two hour war of words.

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The main party leaders took to a stage in Quebec to wage an intense war of words over votes on Monday night in the one and only English language debate featuring all six ahead of the federal election taking place in two week, fighting to get ahead of the others in a tight race.

There were five sections that different moderators presided over: leadership in Canada, affordability and economic insecurity, environment and energy, Indigenous issues and polarization around human rights and immigration.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who is aiming to be re-elected prime minister, was on the defensive for at least part of the debate, a common position for incumbents. He was attacked over his several political affairs, his environmental record and the economy.

Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer attacked within the first few moments of the debate, ignoring a question from the audience to point out that Trudeau is a “phoney and a fraud” who does not deserve to be the Canadian premier.

New Democrat Jagmeet Singh had his own attacks on the prime minister and Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer. He was on the offensive as he stood by a platform described as left of the Liberal policies and dismissed the stances of People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier.

Elizabeth May of the Greens stood by her traditional issue of the environment. Near the end of debate, she told Scheer that he would not be the next prime minister. Should the Liberals win a minority government, the Green Party, as well as the NDP, could be the kingmakers.

Yves-François Blanchet of the Bloc Quebecois spoke on francophone issues and policy that would benefit the people of the French province. He also came out hard swinging against Scheer. Political analysts said that he was an unexpected ally of Trudeau when the discussion turned to SNC-Lavalin.  ■

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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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