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Finally, a chance to ask questions of your directors

An opportunity presents itself on Wednesday.

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After a semester and two days without an opportunity in a public forum to ask IGNITE’s Board of Directors questions — the student body at large will finally have a chance to have a chat with their representatives, hosted by the directors from the University of Guelph-Humber.

Student journalists haven’t been able to access Board meetings since this term started in May. Then in December, IGNITE officials told the Humber Et Cetera that student journalists would not be allowed to enter whatsoever, breaking their own bylaws and apparently the only student union to make such a call.

The directors will be bringing forward a package of bylaw amendment proposals to a Special Meeting of the Members on Jan. 22 that will be voted on by members — all full-time students — of IGNITE. The only resource we have regarding what items will come forward is from the Sept. 11 Board meeting minutes — a Board meeting we were told we couldn’t enter.

But now, we have an open invitation to students to come have a chat with the directors in the small Guelph-Humber Leadership Lounge.

Expect staff from the student union like Executive Director Ercole Perrone and Acting Communications Director Unika Hypolite to be in attendance to make sure the right answers are given. Vice President Megan Roopnarine also indicated she would be present.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Leadership Lounge on the second floor of Guelph-Humber students will have a rare opportunity to ask questions and find out more. ■

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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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