IGNITE confirms 80% opt-in, critical meeting date

IGNITE confirmed that there was an 80 per cent opt-in for the Student Choice Initiative earlier this year to the Humber Et Cetera, confirming the number stated by Humber College President Chris Whitaker in September, and narrowed down the date of a critical public January meeting.

Officials at a press briefing with IGNITE on Oct. 4 were surprised when Post reporters asked if the student union would release official opt-in numbers, and said they would take it under advisement. Most Toronto student unions have released their numbers.

The Student Choice Initiative, or SCI, was mandated by the provincial government in January among a series of reforms that cut student grants and post-secondary education funding across Ontario under the Progressive Conservatives.

Another article found in the same edition of the weekly newspaper reported that the Special Meeting of the Members, pushed back to the new year so IGNITE has time to prepare significant bylaw changes, will be on Jan. 16, confirming the date for the first time.

“The intent is to move towards a more formalized non-profit organization style way to work, which is to say meetings with the Board of Directors and guests the board wants to hear from,” Executive Director Ercole Perrone said to the Et Cetera, confirming reporting by The Avro Post earlier this year that IGNITE officials said was incorrect before cutting the publication off.

A member of the Ontario Public Sector Employees Union at Humber told a Post reporter last week that she had reached out to the student union in the past thinking they would be natural allies, but IGNITE was not responsive.

IGNITE has come under backlash from students for some of the bylaw amendments that were passed by the Board of Directors in September including ending executive elections and giving more power to the Board for unilateral decisions.

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