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Director ‘proud’ of relationship with student press

Neto Naniwambote is the chair.




Director and Chairperson Neto Naniwambote said in a blog post on Thursday that he is “proud” of the IGNITE’s relationship with student journalists, despite the fact that The Avro Post was just cut off from their media requests, interviews and press briefings.

At a time when IGNITE is going through the biggest shift since its inception in 2016, student journalists from publications tied to programs and independent’s such as The Post have had a mixed relationship with the student union since spring.

From September 2018 to March 2019, IGNITE ignored all of The Post’s requests for comment and interviews. However, this changed in April, when Executive Director Ercolé Perrone gave a pair of interviews to two reporters from The Post in the North Campus offices.

The interviews, plus an additional one in August, appeared to mark the start of something new. I even wrote an analysis at the time diving in to what seemed to be a new era of transparency.

However, everything changed on the night of Sept. 11 when one of our student reporters was unable to access a Board meeting, the first of the academic year and one that we believed would be critical to the future of IGNITE.

It turns out we were right. When the meeting minutes were posted on Oct. 30, it revealed that this is the meeting when the biggest package of bylaws since IGNITE’s 2016 inception was passed, including a few major amendments that we did not know about beforehand.

Later in September, in response to backlash from students and student reporters from multiple publications, including both the Humber Et Cetera and The Avro Post,  ■

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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



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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