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National Coming Out Day to be marked at Humber College

Brunch, discussions and a movie.

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First Year Experience and the LGBTQ+ Resource Centre are on Friday working together to mark National Coming Out day at both Humber College’s North and Lakeshore Campuses.

The celebration was first observed on 31 years ago during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in the United States, according to the Human Resources Campaign.

“Coming out still matters,” the organization says. When people know someone is LGBTQ+, “they are far more likely to support equality under the law” and their stories can serve as inspiration, they add.

The Friday event will kick off in Lakeshore Campus’ WEL 201 at 10 a.m. with a “delicious, vegan friendly brunch followed by a discussion session for people to share their coming out stories”.

There will also be a simultaneous event at North where students can join others in the E Concourse before heading into E140 for a National Coming Out Day-themed “QTalk”.

The Resource Centre aims to highlight how they have supported students who have decided to reveal their sexual orientation. The coming-of-age movie Moonlight will be shown at Lakeshore. ■

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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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