Factcheck: IGNITE’s claim over executive chats

FACTCHECK

IGNITE is preparing to make several changes to how the student union operates, pending approval by a minimum quorum of students at a public Special Meeting of the Members in January.

In comments to the Et Cetera last week, President Monica Khosla said that the executive team — made up of herself and three vice presidents from Humber College campuses and the University of Guelph-Humber — has been speaking to dozens of students about the incoming changes.

The Board of Directors on Sept. 11 approved a series of bylaw amendments that significantly alter the way the student union governs and operates. These amendments are changes that will need to be approved by students in January.

The president, who was elected to a second term last spring, said that the changes were part of many discussions her and the vice presidents have with students.

Khosla then claimed that the executives had “not found one” student that disagreed with those proposed changes.

This is incorrect.

A screen capture of the Humber Et Cetera article where the inaccurate claim is made.

There was at least one student who formally met with Vice President Megan Roopnarine and disagreed with the bylaw amendments.

The student confirmed to The Avro Post that the meeting happened, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

These amendments could end executive elections and give more power to the Board, among other items.

A second student, also speaking to The Post on the condition of anonymity, offered opposition to the changes in casual conversations with executives earlier this year.

This means that the statement that there has been no opposition by any student is factually incorrect.

IGNITE will look to win students over to the proposed changes, however, a series of interviews with students around campus reveal that most are unaware that the changes could even happen.

For those that do, there is a mixed response.

Many students are concerned that student democracy could be undermined by the end of executive elections but others agree that hired presidents and vice presidents will be more effective for finding the right students for the job.

Only the Jan. 22 meeting when students will vote on the proposed amendments will reveal the opinion of students.

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