Humber seeks student models

Humber College is searching for student models to be placed on its print, digital and social media products for items such as school promotion materials. 

The “Humber Model Search” is taking place this week at Humber’s Lakeshore and North Campuses in Toronto.

Interested students can visit photo stations at both campuses during specific times.

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On Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., students at North Campus can find a station at the E Building Concourse near E135 Lecture Hall.

The photo station is on Lakeshore Campus for the same hours on the second floor in L Building, also known as the Commons.

It is unclear whether University of Guelph-Humber students can participate, but students likely need Humber or Guelph-Humber identification.

Image of the Humber College Lakeshore Commons from a movie website. 

Canada jumps to 3rd, wins curling

Canada jumped to third place in the Olympic medal standings on Tuesday, after taking gold in mixed double curling and claiming medals across the board on the fourth day of the winter Olympics in South Korea. 

Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris have been at the forefront of the Canadian Olympic story since last week when they started their journey to gold in mixed doubles curling, making history twice over.

The star team are the first two Canadians to win Olympic gold medals twice in one Winter Games and took the first-ever mixed doubles at an Olympic competition.

The pair took the top prize over the reigning world champions from Switzerland 10-3, securing Canada’s third gold in Pyeongchang and eighth overall in the Gangneung Curling Centre.

This latest gold puts Canada solidly in third behind other winter powerhouses Norway and the Netherlands.

Canada has three gold, four silver and three bronze medals on the fourth day.

Norway has 11 medals total, and the Netherlands 10.

Germany trails Canada by one medal, and the United States is fifth with six.

More details to follow. Image of Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris from the Associated Press. 

North Korea encourages reconciliation

North Korean leader Kim Jung-un on Tuesday called for continuing a theme of reconciliation with the South over the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, despite wary South Korean allies and a concerned Unites States.

Mr. Kim said he wanted to stoke the “warm climate of reconciliation”, calling for a “further livening up” of more favorable relations with the Republic of Korea, the official name for the South, reported multiple news agencies.

The Olympic host had invited their northern neighbours, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, to participate in the Winter Games under a unified flag for some events, despite numerous nuclear and missile weaponry tests carried out by Pyongyang last year.

Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, was at the Games’ opening ceremony on behalf of the DPRK, in a so-called “charm offensive” some said distracted international attention from Pyongyang’s military ambitions, despite the sister’s negative track record on human rights.

Kim Yo-jong, and the North’s ceremonial head-of-state Kim Yong-nam, gave a letter on behalf of her brother on Saturday inviting ROK President Moon Jae-in to the DPRK’s capital for a state visit.

It would be the first time in over a decade between Korean leaders, with the letter given by the North’s most senior delegation since the Korean War over 60 years ago.

The Korean Central News Agency showed an image of the North Korean leader with his sister and the head-of-state linked on his arms.

Mr. Moon said Tuesday that the United States would be open to creating dialogue with the North, which officially does not exist as the U.S. carries out diplomatic relations through a proxy envoy.

While the Korean president did not go into detail, he may have been referring to a comment made by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on his return flight from the Games.

“If you want to talk, we’ll talk,” Mr. Pence said regarding the North, as quoted by the Washington Post.

Pence echoes statements made in the past by President Donald Trump where he has expressed interest in meeting with Kim Jung-un.

More details to follow. Image of Kim Jung-un from KCNA. 

Wife of Trump Jr. in envelope scare

An envelope with white powder on the inside was sent to the New York residence of Donald Trump Jr. in the United States, where his wife Vanessa Trump opened it before being rushed to hospital on Monday in a what turned out to be a false alarm. 

The substance was declared non-hazardous after later inspection, with police and Secret Service investigating the incident.

The envelope addressed to Trump Jr. held a letter and contained an “unidentified white powder”, reported the New York Police Department.

Mrs. Trump, 40, and two others were decontaminated by firefighters at the scene in Manhattan before being sent to hospital.

The daughter-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump opened the letter around 10 a.m., the NYPD said.

The Fire Department of New York reported that three were transported to hospital with minor injuries, but did not specify beyond that.

Trump Jr. later posted on Twitter:

“Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning. Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.”

More details to follow. Image of Donald Trump Jr. and wife Vanessa Trump from NY Mag. 

Islamic State leader alive, says Iraq

The leader of so-called Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is alive and being treated by in a medical facility in northeastern Syria, according to the Iraqi government.

Al-Bagdadi, who has not been seen in public since 2014 when he declared a caliphate in Iraq’s Mosul at the height of Daesh’s territorial control, has sustained injuries to his legs.

Al-Sabah reported on Monday that intelligence and counter-terrorism chief of Iraq Abu Ali al-Basri said the militant leader is currently in Syrian border territory in the country’s desert east, near Iraq.

“We have information and documents from sources within the terrorist organization,” Basri said.

“Baghdadi is still alive and hiding the in Syrian region [west of Deir al-Zor] with the help of his collaborators.”

More details to follow. With files from Berning Media Network. Image of desert from Sergej Marsnjek.

Green upgrade funding announced by Ontario

The Government of Ontario announced a plan to fund climate-friendly and energy efficient improvements across several post-secondary institutions on Monday morning in the University of Guelph-Humber Atrium. 

Minister’s Mitzie Hunter and Chris Ballard announced $214 in grants and making $300 million available in interest-free loans to retrofit facilities at university and college campuses via the Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofit Program.

Guelph-Humber Vice Provost John Walsh, Humber College President Chris Whittaker and University of Guelph President Franco Vaccarino were all in attendence for the announcement event.

Any savings from the program by the University of Guelph are brought back into a “broader planning process”, according to Vaccarino.

A press release from Queen’s Park described three areas of funding: energy-efficient windows and boiler replacements, large retrofit projects for significant emission reductions or innovative approaches to increase campus sustainability, and projects that target reducing energy consumption, greenhouse emissions and operating costs.

Mr. Ballard, minister of environment and climate change, made an effort to appeal to students, saying the opposition had no plans in regards to tackling climate change, and that this plan directly impacts students.

The retrofit funding is part of the Liberal Party’s Climate Change Action Plan that aims to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 80 per cent for the year 2050.

“Ontario’s colleges and universities are some of the best places in the world to study,” Minister of Advanced Education Skills Development Mitzie Hunter, who just took on the post in recent weeks.

Hunter said the plan works “extend the life of valuable infrastructure and provide students with the best possible learning environment to pursue their goals and achieve their potential.”

“This investment is another example of how our Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market work together to help cut our greenhouse gas pollution while making life better for Ontario residents,” Ballard told gathered media, faculty and students.

“This program gives our colleges and universities an opportunity to modernize their campuses, increase the comfort of their students and inspire future generations to help build our low-carbon economy.”

Vaccarino said that the University of Guelph is “committed to improving life through environmental, economic and social sustainability.”

Analysis: Liberal’s vie for student votes

With a provincial election around the corner and the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario deep in leadership woes, the ruling Liberal Party is looking gain favour in the growing millennial vote.

In the 2015 federal election, 45 per cent of Canadians aged 18 to 25 voted in favour of the Liberal Party compared to 25 per cent for the New Democrats and 20 per cent for the Conservative Party — a voter trend that could carry over to voters in June.

“Despite accusations of apathy, young Canadians are deeply engaged politically,” Tiffany Gooch, a political strategist on the Liberal Party Executive Council, wrote in the Toronto Star in 2017 on the upcoming election.

However, studies show that young voters avoid coming into partisan politics, but instead choose to voice their own distinct views via student lobbying groups and other outlets, according to Gooch.

The Post is hosting another live panel, this time on how students could be affected by the upcoming provincial election. Those wishing to participate may contact the Post.

More details to follow. Image of the event from The Guelph-Humber Post. 

Canada drops to 4th

Canada is fourth place in the overall medal standings with seven top spots as of Monday afternoon, and third in the gold standings with two victories as day four in South Korea’s Pyeongchang comes to a close. 

Team Canada was second overall for some of the morning before dropping to fourth place by the afternoon.

Canada still holds third place for gold medal standings with two but they share the place with the Netherlands, France and the United States.

History could be made Tuesday morning local time at 6:05 a.m. when Canada’s Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris will have the opportunity to win the first-ever mixed doubles gold-medal game and become the first Canadian curlers to win two golds.

Canada has the record for the most golds won in a single Winter Olympic games from Vancouver 2010, where the team clinched 14 of the medals — which also happens to secure the record for the most gold’s won on home soil.

Several more days of snowboarding, curling, hockey and other Canadian-dominant sports have yet to be played in the remaining 13 days in Pyeongchang.

For the latest coverage of the Canadian angle on the Winter Olympics, visit Canada’s official Olympic broadcaster, the CBC.

More coverage to come. Image of the Canada Olympic House in Pyeongchang from Cdn Olympic. 

Crisis continues: Catalonia in limbo

It has been over three months since Catalonia declared independence on Oct. 27 following a referendum that solidified the region’s support of its separatist ruling government but the region currently lies in political limbo. 

Spanish Prime Minister Mariono Rajoy cracked down on the regional government the following day, sending then-President Carles Puigdemont and much of his cabinet fleeing the country for Belgium where he remains in exile.

On Dec. 21, Madrid forced an election that resulted in a separatist victory, maintaining nearly the same amount of power that it had before.

Rajoy’s People’s Party was decimated in the election and only held four seats in the end, meaning it was unable to form a parliamentary group of its own in the Catalan parliament for the first time in history

While Mr. Puigdemont can return from self-imposed exile in Brussels at any point to take up his role as elected president of Catalonia, he would risk arrest if he landed in Barcelona.

Four other independence politicians are still detained by Spanish authorities while Puigdemont’s Junts per Catalunya works to form a needed coalition government with fellow separatists Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, or the Republican Left.

Three parties gained over 30 seats in the Catalan parliament in December. Two of them are pro-independence.

The results in numbers for pro-independence and other parties

  • 37 seats – Ciudadanos 
  • 34 seats – Junts per Catalunya 
  • 32 seats – Republican Left 
  • 17 seats – PSC 
  •   8 seats – CeC
  •   4 seats – CUP 
  •   3 seats People’s Party

While they don’t hold a majority, pro-independence seats number 47.5 per cent, a strong minority, however, just short of the the majority that would boost separatist claims to a democratic mandate in leaving Spain.

Current status

The federal government under Rajoy currently runs the region of Catalonia until its parliament can form a stable political alliance and create a new administration.

Rajoy has shown that he is capable of employing Article 155 of the Constitution to halt any true independence effort by the Catalonia’s government, and he has the support of the European Union and the distant backing of NATO.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, of which Spain, Canada, parts of Europe and the United States are part of, supports territorial sovereignty for its members.

More details to follow. Image of Catalonia’s parliament from 

Guelph prof angered over study sheet

A University of Guelph professor came under fire over the weekend after criticizing students for using a group study sheet before later citing a miscommunication.

A post on the public Overheard at Guelph Facebook group included screenshots of an email that went out on Saturday from her HIST 2890 teacher accusing a student of academic misconduct — a serious allegation.

Commonly known as a “cheat sheet”, a male student created a cloud study document for others to add to and “circulated” the notes.

The professor wrote in the email apparently considering the group study technique usually encouraged by most academics as an effort to cheat on an upcoming midterm.

A follow up email on Sunday from the professor seen by the Post that cited a miscommunication where she thought an individual study sheet given to one student was being used for cheating, not group studying.

The student “understood the study sheet to be available for group study”, explained the faculty prof.

“I have absolutely no problems with students studying together and helping one another understand the content in a course,” the second email read.

“I encourage it, especially since the amount of material and its potential unfamiliarity to many in the class may make it seem a daunting task to absorb it all.”

Several students were quick to point out that a group study document is not explicitly prohibited by the Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures.

The professor teaching the HIST 2890 course, titled “Early Islamic World”, is identified as Renee Worringer.

“I most definitely believe our professor was in the wrong, however I do recognize that there was a misunderstanding,” a student who asked not to be named told the Post.

“I think that going forward, professors should continue to educate themselves on the technology their students use to succeed. I believe that a shared google doc used to exchange and share notes is no different from an in-person study session.”

The Guelph student, who is enrolled in Worringer’s course, said that she didn’t know how the professor discover there was a document being circulated.

“My only guess is that she was either on the email list that shared the link to the Google Doc, or a student reported it to her. I would’t be surprised if a student informed her, however I can’t be sure or what the students intentions might have been,” she said.

Google Drive documents can be shared via direct email addresses or link sharing can be activated for access to anyone with the exact web address.

The Guelph student said that, despite the professor’s mistake, herself and all her peers in the class are “being punished in a sense” due to the prof’s decision not to provide a study sheet for the final exam.

“Which honestly, will probably lead to another shared google doc, because of the lack of information or clarity on what we are expected to study.”

More details to follow. Image of University of Guelph from previous files.

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