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Residence cards cause trouble for students

Cards are unusable at Tim Hortons.

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Students living on campus have experienced recent troubles with their residence cards both at certain places at North Campus and with finding out their funds balance after purchases in the cafeterias.

Those living in one of the several residence buildings bought a meal plan at the beginning of the academic year that puts money on a refundable card with the expectation that they are able to use it in multiple places.

Tim Hortons is a common place where Guelph-Humber and Humber students go to for a variety of goods, whether it is coffee for energy or food for their meals between classes.

However, the restaurant chain has notified many students that try to use their residence cards that it not working on their machines. 

Staff at Tim Hortons mentioned weeks ago that it will be fixed for students soon, but it is still not working, causing many students required to pay cash, credit or debit for their food. 

For individuals going to Humber Room experiences the same issue due to the fact that all paying machines are both the same.

Beyond Tim Hortons and Humber Room, when students use their residence card at the food emporium, Starbucks, or in residence, the amount goes through, but students cannot see the remaining balance that they have on their meal plan on receipts due to technical errors.

Students are unable to check their balance online, so the only way to figure out how much is left on their balance is to buy food from the residence cafeteria and then ask them for the remaining balance. 

It is frustrating for many individuals as it worked smoothly last year, yet this year, it brings many financial conflicts for students.

As Matthew, a Humber student in residence, says, it is always a pain because he does not always carry cash, credit or debit around, leading him to use Apple Pay at places where res card is not accepted, which is not preferred in his perspective.  ■

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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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