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Exclusive: Roopnarine was initially wary of hiring executives

She changed her mind.



File photo of Megan Roopnarine, vice president of Guelph-Humber via IGNITE.

Vice President Megan Roopnarine told a student that she initially had qualms about hiring instead of electing IGNITE executives but eventually came around to the proposal, a bylaw amendment that could become a reality should it be passed by students in January.

The Avro Post will not publish the date of the meeting and the student’s name as they spoke on the condition of anonymity, however, their enrolment and identity has been verified. Roopnarine represents the University of Guelph-Humber and was elected in the spring.

Roopnarine did go on record in a press release last week saying that she was in favour of the move. It is rare for an executive to speak out against the status quo. It has been three years since an IGNITE executive openly criticized the student union.

But the revelation that Roopnarine told a student she was not initially on board with the move to hire instead of elect comes as The Avro Post first reported last month that there is evidence that staff influence comes into play to protect the brand of IGNITE over democratic governance.

Because the process of the bylaws being passed by the Board of Directors was hidden from public view during the Sept. 11 meeting when IGNITE staff did not let journalists enter due to reasons that were not actually in line with any bylaws.

Clubs Coordinator Kristine Gavlan told Post reporter Kristy Lam that she would not be able to enter due to new rules posted on the IGNITE website but, in fact, only the sentence inviting students into the meetings was removed from the Governance page.

That same evening, after Lam was sent home, an update was posted to the IGNITE website adding that students needed to receive permission from a staff member of the student union to attend. Executive Director Ercolé Perrone would need to give permission, it reads.

During an Oct. 4 press briefing, after being questioned about it by Post reporters, Perrone admitted that the rules for attendance posted on the website were incorrect and, in fact, the bylaws say that directors can vote in a simple majority for students to leave.

However, it is unclear exactly how students are to attend the meetings in the first place as exact times and locations are not posted online. Most of the details were up during August but taken down at some point between August and September, according to investigative reporting.

By not posting the time and place, IGNITE is breaking its own bylaws, a new reality that was broken down by The Post in a recent analysis. The Governance page still has the rules published that Perrone said was not fully correct. ■

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Ambulance on campus for the 3rd time in 7 days

Police and ambulance services



Cruisers in front of the LRC.

An ambulance and three Toronto Police vehicles were on campus on Wednesday afternoon for around one hour, marking at least the third time within seven days that emergency services have been spotted on campus.

It did not appear the ambulance was used during the hour or longer that it was parked in front of the Learning Resource Commons at the front of North Campus.

Two cruisers were parked in front, a police SUV and multiple campus security vehicles were in and out of the area.

The ambulance and police SUV departed campus at 3:40 p.m. while the first cruiser departed soon after. The final cruiser departed after 4 p.m. and no details were immediately available.

An ambulance was in front of the Learning Resource Commons a week ago as a male patient was carried out on a stretcher. On Sunday night, an ambulance was spotted in front of Residence T Building.

The Avro Post has reached out for details from Humber College. ■

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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.



Image via Humber Today.

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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