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Board minutes reveal that new bylaws were approved

A secretive meeting in September was crucial.

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New bylaws that end executive elections and bring significant changes to the governance of IGNITE were approved by the Board of Directors during its secretive September gathering, meeting minutes finally published online revealed on Wednesday.

Meeting minutes were posted for just the May and September meetings. They would have been approved at the meeting after they were recorded if standard protocol was followed, but it is unclear why the student union delayed posting the records for several months or weeks.

The Board approved a new set of bylaws that will also need to be passed by members of the student union — all students — at January’s Special Meeting of the Members, an annual plenary that usually takes place in the fall.

It was delayed this year so that IGNITE could prepare and inform students, officials said during a press briefing on Oct. 4, when reporters first heard the news of the student union’s new, more corporate direction.

If these bylaws are not passed by the student body, it is unclear what would occur next, however, if passed by quorum, usually 50 students, than these bylaws would come into effect immediately.

The September meeting minutes reveal that the new bylaw amendments, which include ending executive elections and new classifications for at-large members of the student union, were moved by Asiya Bashir Awan and carried by Eden Tavares. It is unclear if there was a formal vote.

Also included in this set of bylaws change that IGNITE did not highlight during the press briefing or the Tuesday press release was a significant update: the Board will be able to unilaterally amend bylaws that will go into effect immediately on the “date of resolution”.

The Board-approved amendments can later be unapproved at a Special Meeting but it gives the directors significantly more power to make decisions at meetings that are largely private. Students are supposed to be allowed to attend but no locations have been posted since September.

Other highlights of the amendments to the bylaws of IGNITE, which are compiled in the Constitution, included the use of president term for the board chairperson.

It is unclear if this means the chair of the Board, who is elected amongst the directors every year, will now be called “president” or if the length of time the current president serves in office will now be utilized for the chair, who already serves the same amount of time as the student president of IGNITE.

Another amendment highlighted that was not included in Tuesday’s announcement was that the “execution of documents” will now be “overseen” by the executive director, the highest-level staff member of the student union.

Annual Meetings of the Members, which refer to both the Special Meetings and the Annual General Meetings, will now include “an updated list of required agenda items”, the meeting minutes say.

IGNITE is the student union representing full and part-time students enrolled at Humber College campuses and the University of Guelph-Humber. It advocates on behalf of students over a variety of items, runs events throughout the year and manages a multi-million dollar budget backed by student fees, some of which are optional. ■

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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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Don Cherry dropped by Sportsnet

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Don Cherry, who recently was under a lot of criticism following his poppy statement on Saturday night, was forced to step down from his long-running position on Hockey Night In Canada Monday afternoon.

Cherry, who was under fire since Saturday, was fired after his comments in which he talked about immigrants of Canada to support the troops and wear a poppy this Remembrance Day.

Cherry has had an illustrious career with Hockey Night in Canada spending 37 years a part of the business. Ron Maclean, who was Cherry’s co-host of Coaches Corner, issued his own apology during his Hometown Hockey segment yesterday evening during the Leafs-Blackhawks game.

Later Monday evening, Cherry had shared his thoughts on his firing, saying “I mean’t everything I said.”

Sportsnet had then released a lengthy statement Monday evening.

Cherry, who has been welcomed into Canadian homes for the last 37 years will not longer appear Saturday night for the first time.

What will come of Hockey Night in Canada following Cherry’s firing? Change is certainly coming and Saturday’s will no longer be the same with Ron and Don during the first intermission.

Tune in Saturday evening when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. ■

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