Ottawa shooting causes several injuries

Three people are in hospital following a shooting on Wednesday morning in Ottawa in a location a kilometre south of Parliament and police said that it is not considered an “active” incident after an earlier warning of an “active shooter” from the parliament security service.

Emergency services were called at 7:35 a.m. to the area of Gilmour and Kent streets. Ottawa Police said at 7:52 a.m. that police were responding to a shooting in the 400 block of Gilmour St. with many injuries reported.

The Parliament of Canada Protective Service then gave a “situation advisory” at 8:06 a.m. saying the “shooter is still at large” but that no further action was required.

The three individuals taken to hospital had serious injuries, paramedics told local reporters. No further information on their age and genders were not immediately available.

Police have asked the public to avoid the area.

63 Canadians dead in Iran plane crash

Ukraine’s foreign minister said on Wednesday morning that 63 Canadians are among those killed when a passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Iran’s capital, with the Ukrainian Embassy backing away from an initial conclusion that the incident was an accident.

Debris from the wreckage of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 were scattered around the farmland outside Tehran, with all 167 passengers and nine crew aboard killed. The flight was headed to Kiev.

Though early comments from Ukraine suggested that the crash could have been accidental, a further statement from its embassy said those comments were not official, omitting the mention of mechanical failure as the cause in the latest update.

The Ukrainian airline company said on Wednesday that the Boeing 737-800 that crashed was one of the best aircraft in its fleet and that the pilots were very experienced. Its last inspection was two days prior to the crash, officials said at a press conference in Kiev.

Airline industry expert John Cox told CBC News that it was important to note that the plane model has a reliable track record. It is also reportedly the airline’s first crash since its founding in 1992.

Both black boxes have been found in the wreckage of the crash and could reveal more details behind what occurred, however, the Iranian government said it will not give the records to Boeing.

Canada’s foreign affairs minister gave the government’s first formal response Wednesday morning, calling the crash “tragic news”. Minister François-Philippe Champagne added in his tweet that he has been in contact with the Ukrainian government.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed up several hours later with an official statement giving his condolences to the families of those on board PS752 and vowing to enforce a “thorough investigation”.

Ukrainian, Iranian, Swedish, British, Afghan and German nationals were also on board the aircraft, Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Vadym Prystaiko said. President Volodymyr Zelensky extended condolences to those impacted by the deaths.

Ukraine International Airlines has halted flights to Iran.

Two Canadian students were among the dead, according to Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency. Marzieh Foroutan was a student at the University of Waterloo and Delaram Dadashnejad studied in British Columbia, according to images of their ID cards posted to social media.

CBC also reported that married professors from the University of Alberta and their two daughters were also killed in the crash, among 27 other residents of Edmonton believed to be on board.

The Avro Post has reached out for comment from the University of Waterloo.


Iran fires missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq

The plane crash came in the hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on Iraqi bases that house United States military personnel in the latest tit-for-tat action following a U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s top commander Qasem Soleimani Friday last week.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addressing a gathering of Iranians chanting “Death to America”, said the Wednesday morning airstrikes were a “slap on the face” of the United States and U.S. troops should leave the region, reported Reuters news agency.

Tehran’s foreign minister made it clear that the strikes were “proportionate measures” in an act of self-defence just hours after Soleimani’s funeral in Iran and that the country did not seek to escalate the confrontation with Washington.

Though officials were quick to assure that there were no casualties, Canadian troops may have been at one of the two bases targeted by Iranian ballistic missiles early on Wednesday local time.

An airbase in Erbil has been the hub of Canadian military operations against so-called Islamic State for several years now as part of the United States-led operation IMPACT.

NATO confirmed that there were no casualties from Iran’s strikes among their forces serving with the alliance in Iraq. The alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemned the attack and called for Tehran to refrain from further violence.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would be making a statement on Wednesday morning in response to the overnight Iranian strikes.


Canadian troops out

Canada, who plays both a role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition presence in Iraq, started a withdraw of “some of our people” to Kuwait, Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said on Tuesday.

It came after the Iraqi parliament and prime minister has called for Western militaries to leave the country and as other Western allies carry out a similar partial withdraw.

Western troops in Iraq have been on high alert since the weekend killing of a top Iranian military general by a U.S. drone, the Canadian Press reported.

Vance says the decision to withdraw an unspecified number of troops was made alongside NATO and Canada’s allies to ensure their safety and security.

Petition to remove RSU president, restructure nears 1K

A petition to remove Ryerson Student Union’s president and restructure the organization was set to reach 1,000 signatures late on Tuesday, amid a political crisis that has seen three executives resign and one impeached and removed since the beginning of December.

The Change.org petition was started by engineering student R Chan in December. Chan writes that “students of Ryerson University have not received full financial transparency as promised”, putting the blame on President Vanessa Henry who he claims is not qualified to “lead the organization or manage a team”.

The Avro Post has reached out for comment from Henry and the Ryerson Student Union but no response has yet to be received. The petition has reached more signatures than the one for former president Ram Ganesh, who was at the centre of a dramatic affair after stealing funds from the RSU.

Third year physiology student Jennifer Obrian, one of the signatories of the petition, said “it’s clear she’s not qualified” when asked why she supported the resignation.

Finally, a chance to ask questions of your directors

ANALYSIS

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.

Timothy Chalamet to play Bob Dylan

The star of The King will move to the 1950s and 60s to play folk icon singer Bob Dylan during his rise to fame.

Timothy Chalamet will play Bob Dylan during his rise to fame titled ‘Going Electric’. The story will follow Dylan throughout the 1950s and 1960s and how he became a folk music icon. The film will be directed by James Mangold (Ford v Ferrari, Logan).

This announcement comes on the heels of a big year for Chalamet after he played King Henry V in Netflix’s The King, as well as acting in Greta Gurwig’s recent film, Little Women. Chalamet will next appear in Denis Villenueve’s Dune which will hit theatres on Nov. 18, 2020.

The casting was first reported by Deadline.

More news to come on the project.

Christian Bale eyes ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Academy award winner Christian Bale is being considered for a role in the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel to Thor: Ragnarok.

Christian Bale is known for a great number of roles throughout his career like American Psycho, Vice and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and now, he seeks to add Marvel Studios to his growing list of films.

Bale is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder which is the fourth Thor film in the MCU and the second to be written and directed by New Zealand filmmaker, Taika Waititi. While negotiations are ongoing, there is no word on who Bale would be playing.

Waititi previously co-wrote and directed 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok which revitalized the character of Thor following 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Bale recently starred in Ford v Ferarri from director James Mangold which grossed $203mil in its 7 weeks in theatres and ran in just over 3,700 theatres.

Thor: Love and Thunder will release on Nov. 5, 2021 and will star Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Taika Waititi.

Directors hosting session to discuss bylaw changes

The IGNITE Board directors representing the University of Guelph-Humber, Erika Caldwell and Julia Ciampa, announced on Monday afternoon that they will host an information session on Wednesday to discuss proposed bylaw amendments that will receive a final vote at a public meeting later in January.

The meetup, branded as “Pizza and Politics”, invites students to the Guelph-Humber Leadership Lounge at any time between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the same day that IGNITE, at the latest, would be required to release the agenda for the Special Meeting of the Members, or SMOM.

Caldwell and Ciampa both posted the event details across their Board of Directors Instagram accounts and it was shared on IGNITE’s Instagram Story. Guelph-Humber’s current students account also shared details on its Story.

The Board of Directors, IGNITE’s ruling body run by elected student representatives from every major Humber College campus and Guelph-Humber, passed a series of bylaw amendments in September 2019 that could bring significant changes to the student union’s governance if passed by a quorum of full-time students at a Jan. 22 public meeting.

There has yet to be any similar sessions announced by Humber College directors. North Campus is represented by four directors, Lakeshore is represented by three and Orangeville, for the first term in IGNITE history, has a sole seat on the Board of Directors.

Wednesday’s gathering marks the first time since the beginning of the school year over four months ago that directors have made themselves publicly available for discussing the incoming changes with students.

The proposals were passed initially at the Sept. 11 Board of Directors meeting after The Avro Post was denied access to the meeting that appeared to break the student union’s own bylaws.

Despite being cut off by the student union in October for reporting information revealed at a press briefing IGNITE claimed was inaccurate, The Post will send reporters to the Wednesday session in an attempt to gain more insight into the specifics of the proposed amendment package coming forward at the SMOM.

Weinstein charged with rape, sexual assault

A Los Angeles district attorney on Monday charged disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein with raping a woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013.

If Weinstein is convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 28 years in prison.

“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement, reported Reuters.

It comes the same day that Weinstein is on trial for a separate but similar case in New York.

Raptors beat Brooklyn for first win in 2020

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Brooklyn Nets 121-102 on Saturday.

The Raptors bounced back after they put up a season-low 76 points in a loss to the Miami Heat.

Fred VanVleet led scorers with 29 points, and recorded a double-doubled as he added 11 assists. Kyle Lowry scored 26 points

Serge Ibaka recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 10 points against his former team.

Chris Boucher, Terence Davis and OG Anunoby scored seven points apiece. Oshae Brissett scored a career-high six points.

Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 23 points, he also had seven assists. Joe Harris scored 18 and Garrett Temple had 12.

Caris LeVert returned to action after missing seven weeks after he received surgery on his right thumb. He scored 13.

Here are some Raptors highlights of the night:

The Raptors host the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday at Scotiabank Arena.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


Featured image from Mary Altaffer/Associated Press.

Top events this week: Jan. 6

This is our weekly round up of what we consider the top events that are happening at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber College North Campus.

All events on campus are free unless stated otherwise. 

Monday, Jan. 6 – Friday, Jan. 10

IGNITE Coffee Bar

Need a little caffeine hit to start the new year? You’ve come to the right place. IGNITE is bringing you all the winter drinks to keep you warm and cozy as we head into 2020. Plus some churros as well.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, bring your reusable mug and head on down to the IGNITE Coffee Bar. From hot chocolate to dairy-free matcha lattes, all your warm beverage (and churro) needs.

Find the coffee bar in either the North Campus Student Centre or Lakeshore Campus’s K Building.
More information can be found here.

Monday, Jan. 6.
ATHLETICS RECREATION DROP IN: VOLLEYBALL
If you are interested in sports specifically volleyball, make a quick stop by the Fitness Centre to enjoy a fun and friendly game of volleyball.

Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Location: North Campus A building , 2nd floor.
More information: Humber

Tuesday, Jan. 7
COFFEE & GAMES AT CAFÉ LINX

Join us for some fun, Board games and a variety of café beverages for you to enjoy.
Time 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location North Campus, Café LinX
More information Humber @ http://humber.ca/today/events/coffee-games-caf-linx-54659

ATHLETICS RECREATION DROP IN: GARDEN GAMES.

Come out and play some garden games at the Fitness Centre with Humber Athletics

Time 12:00pm -2:30pm.
Location North campus A building
More information Humber @ http://humber.ca/today/events/athletics-recreation-drop-garden-games-54657

LGBT+ RESOURCE CENTRE: MIX AND MINGLE

Connect with other students and have some fun playing board games, discussing hot topics, letting your inner actor out, or reading about all the queer things. 
Time 12:00pm – 2:00pm.location North Campus, E104.
More information Humber @ http://humber.ca/today/events/lgbt-resource-centre-mix-and-mingle-54658

Wednesday, Jan. 8

WINTERFEST

Meet your mentor and other first year students during FYE’s first event of the year! Warm up with Canadian comfort foods and a hot chocolate bar.
Time 12:00pm -3:00pm
Location Lakeshore Campus
Room
WEL 201
More information Humbee @ https://humber.ca/student-life/fye/events/winterfest

Wednesday, Jan. 8.
FYE WINTER CAFE

Head down to Café LinX to enjoy some warm beverages with board games with friends!
Time 12:00pm – 3:00pm.
Location North campus Café LinX
More information Humber @ http://humber.ca/today/events/fye-winter-c

Saturday, Jan. 11.

IGNITE Real Talks:
Serge Ibaka, Rainn Wilson.
IGNITE presents it’s first Real Talks of 2020 with professional NBA player Serge Ibaka, and award-winning actor Rainn Wilson. starting at 8:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
Please note that seating is limited and will be first-come, first-served.
Students are allowed ONE non-Humber/GH guest. Guests must also have a ticket. Guest sign-in policy in effect. Guests must enter the event with a Humber/Guelph-Humber student.
Students must present their Humber/Guelph-Humber student ID OR class timetable and photo ID for admission. Each guest must present their own pre-purchased ticket and photo ID.
Time 6:30 PM.
Location lakeshore Campus A/B Auditorium
Tickets prices $5 Humber/UofGH Students | $15 Guests
More information IGNITE @ http://ignitestudentlife.com/events/ignite-real-talks

SideNote if you get lost or need help finding your classes there’ll be a HUMBER ORIENTATION ASK ME STATION
At both North and Lakeshore campuses from Jan. 6 to Jan 8
Time 7:00 AM. -1:00 PM
Location North Campus, LRC.
Lakeshore Campus, L Bulding.

‘The Grudge’ fails to scare up earnings

The Grudge, a 2020 remake of the famed Japanese horror story, hit theatres on Jan. 3 but has so far failed in all aspects of its release.

On a budget of $10 million USD, The Grudge sought to remake the original Japanese horror story about a woman who was killed, and in her anger and hatred, remained as a vengeful spirit to torment those who live in her home.

The film opened to a dismal $1.5mil on Thursday night previews and has, so far, earned about $5.3mil with Saturday evening and Sunday numbers still to be added.

Critics have torn the film down, citing it as a lazy remake/sequel that doesn’t add anything to the world or story of the originals. The scares are unimaginative, and put plainly – is boring.

What hasn’t helped The Grudge along is going up against Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker which has continued to dominate the box office since its Dec. 20, 2019 release.

The Grudge is written and directed by Nicolas Pesce and produced by iconic horror filmmaker Sam Raimi. The Grudge is now in theatres.

IGNITE’s exclusive opt in offers could be over

It appears that exclusives offered in the past by IGNITE to those that paid a relevant optional fee as part of the Student Choice Initiative will not continue into the second semester, as an upcoming Real Talks event does not include any deals for those that decided to opt in and the fate of the SCI remains undecided in the courts.

Right from the beginning of the semester, IGNITE gave special offers to those that paid a certain fee. For Frosh, IGNITE initially offered a 50 per cent discount on tickets for those that opted in to the Social Programming Fee.

The student union also gave paint kits to the first 1,000 students who paid the Events and Opportunities Fee.

In October, IGNITE continued the new policy by offering a photo opportunity with the stars of MTV’s Wild ‘N Out show to students who paid the Social Programming Fee.

Other student unions have also used this policy to incentivize students to remain opted in to several fees that were made optional due to a mandate from the provincial government in January of 2019 that received backlash from student unions, campus publications and other post-secondary organizations funded by such fees.

IGNITE received some criticism after presenting exclusive offers only accessible by students who paid some of the “Enhanced Student Experience” fees as student union did not warn of such offers ahead of the fee payments, which for University of Guelph-Humber students started weeks before Frosh was announced.

In response to the backlash, IGNITE dropped the special offer from Frosh though utilized it for other events.

The Board of Directors also introduced a bylaw amendment in September that puts an emphasis on making the difference clear between optional and mandatory fees for the student body.

However, the most likely change influencing IGNITE’s decision to apparently drop opt in exclusives is the Ontario Divisional Court’s decision that found the Student Choice Initiative “unlawful”, handing a legal win to student organizations that argued the Progressive Conservative government was interfering in

The province is working to appeal the ruling, but for now it remains in place. Several student unions have already started to close their online portals for opting out, however, IGNITE said on the night the SCI was scrapped by the court that they would not respond until the government gave a statement. IGNITE has still not given any formal response.

With the SCI in “legal limbo”, as described by some Post sources, IGNITE appears to be scrapping the exclusives until the future of the initiative is decided by the court system. However, students are able to opt out of the Enhanced Student Experience Fees for this second semester, meaning IGNITE has decided to continue the status quo for now.

The legal situation of the initiative may also impact two of the bylaw amendments coming to the Special Meeting of the Members on Jan. 22 — a meeting where significant changes could be made to IGNITE’s governance — such as the end of executive elections — should full-time students vote to approve the proposals.

The Avro Post has reached out for comment from the student union, but a decision by IGNITE to cut off the publication in October means that there likely will not be a response.

New doors for LRC following staff complaints

New double doors are being installed in the Learning Resource Centre in the hallway that leads from the northeast door, close to the bus hub, to the atrium of the central Humber College building on North Campus, following staff complaints last year over the temperature.

Doors in an LRC hallway pictured at North Campus on Jan. 4, 2020.

Though there was no news release and the college has not responded yet to a request for comment, the door are likely being installed over complaints from staff that saw the northeast door blocked off for a part of last winter.

The hallway has a tendency to be significantly colder in temperature as the well used door from where students and staff arriving from transit often enter is open for long periods of time as visitors arrive in the LRC.

NBA player announced as IGNITE’s Real Talks replacement

Serge Ibaka, a member of the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 championship team, was announced as a guest for IGNITE’s January Real Talks at Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus, soon after the postponement of Rainn Wilson’s of The Office.

The Real Talks is still scheduled for Jan. 11 with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at the A/B Auditorium. Tickets can be bought by students for $5 via Eventbrite, who can bring one guest for the cost of $15.

The first 50 people through the auditorium doors will get a photo opportunity with Ibaka. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first served basis with only standing room available once chairs are filled.

Ibaka, 30, was the first NBA player from the African country of the Republic of Congo. Now, he plays as a power forward, has produced documentaries and has a growing YouTube presence, according to ESPN.

Wilson, who was originally scheduled for Jan. 11, may still come. IGNITE said in response to a comment on Instagram that the student union is “still trying to reschedule” with the actor that played Dwight Schrute in The Office.

Orientation events for January

The second semester of the academic year is about to kick off and with it comes several orientation events aimed at engaging new students and welcoming back those who started in the fall.

Ask Me Stations are back at Humber College’s North and Lakeshore Campuses. These stations are staffed by those ready to help students.

Also on Monday morning will be a session that provides guidance for students interested in getting involved on campus.

Seles: Top 10 movies of 2019

As the year draws to a close, Nicholas Seles takes a look back at his favourite films of the past twelve months.

10. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

It’s hard to think of a Tarantino movie that’s ever been truly bad. The Hateful Eight was a movie that I had to sit on for a bit after I saw it, but after subsequent viewings, ended up loving it the most out of his filmography. …In Hollywood doesn’t have an overall story like most of his other films, but the characters of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) are ever so likeable and all of the character interactions are engaging.

Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

9. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

The end to the Skywalker saga didn’t hit all the notes I wanted it to, but it was far from a terrible ending. The cast deliver strong performances and Rey is given the opportunity to finally find a name for herself when family was what she sought. John Williams never failed to deliver a terrible score and that rings true with this instalment as well, calling on themes from the original trilogy and continuing to build on themes like Rey’s, the Resistance and Kylo Ren.

Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)

8. Captain Marvel

Haters will hate, but Captain Marvel was far from a bad movie. It certainly felt like a phase one film, in retrospect, but as a fan of Carol Danvers in the comics beforehand, I did not leave feel disappointed. Being brainwashed into having no thought or emotion for herself, it’s understandable that Brie Larson gave the performance that she did, and I felt it worked. It developed the world pre-Avengers and gave us one of the strongest heroes moving forward.

Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel

7. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

While it’s been a few years since Breaking Bad concluded on AMC, the story of Jesse Pinkman remained open. El Camino brings Jesse back to give us his conclusion and it wraps things up incredibly well. The tension and style that made Breaking Bad so famous returns with no hiccups and instantly draws you back into the world of Pinkman. Vince Gilligan wrote and directed the film, and there could honestly be no better send-off for the character and story.

Aaron Paul returns as Jesse Pinkman.

6. The Irishman

Martin Scorsese has tried to make this film for years and he’s finally found an outlet for it with Netflix. Starring legendary actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, The Irishman tells the story of Frank Sheeran, an Irish hitman who worked for the Bufalino crime family and was tied up with the infamous Jimmy Hoffa. The performances are all beyond exceptional, the writing and editing is as tight as ever with not a moment of screen time wasted, and Scorsese has not lost his edge with using crime stories to make you contemplate mortality.

Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano in The Irishman.

5. Joker

Starring Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, Joker shows us how Gotham’s clown Prince of crime could come to be in a realistic setting. Phoenix’s performance as Joker is stellar and the entire movie would lose its notoriety had his performance not followed through. Hildur Guonadottir’s score is haunting, beautiful and overall incredibly effective at demonstrating the peaceful chaos within Arthur. It can be a difficult movie to watch at times, but overall, incredibly well made, acted and hit all the right notes a live-action standalone Joker movie needed to hit.

Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker.

4. Knives Out

Coming off the heels of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson resurrects the classic murder mystery genre in a way it desperately needed. The ensemble cast which features Ana De Armas, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette and Daniel Craig (among many others) is exceptional and the twists and turns that the story takes makes it an even more enjoyable experience. The cast seem to be having such a fun time with the characters and story which only furthers the immersion and enjoyment of this excellent whodunnit.

The star-studded cast of Knives Out.

3. Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi delivers another hit in the form of a World War II satire that shows us love is the strongest combatant against hate. The entire cast is spectacular; Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi, Scarlet Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Thomasin Mckenzie all deliver touching and hilarious performances. It’s a film that came at such an important time, but Waititi never planned for it to release at a time of political turmoil with leaders like Donald Trump in power – it just happened.

Thomasin McKenzie, Roman Griffin Davis and Taika Waititi in Jojo Rabbit.

2. Spider-Man: Far From Home

The prologue to Avengers: Endgame took Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his classmates to Europe for a class trip where they’re interrupted by the sinister Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). What makes this film so enjoyable is the chemistry between Holland and Gyllenhaal and the opportunity that Parker is given to grow into his own hero in the wake of Tony Stark’s sacrifice, as well as the sequences which help develop his spider sense and Mysterio’s illusions.

Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Peter Parker (Tom Holland) confide in each other.

1. Avengers: Endgame

Anyone who knows me could see this one coming a mile away. Endgame brought about the end of the first arc of stories for the Marvel universe. 2008 to 2019 was building up to this moment, where the heroes would put an end to the chaos and destruction brought about by the infinity stones. It brought it all together in an exhilarating, captivating and emotional (and I mean emotional) end. While the franchise is far from done, it signalled the end for heroes like Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

“Avengers!… Assemble.” The heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe team up once more.

Honourable mentions: Frozen II, Bombshell, Toy Story 4, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Yet to see: 1917, Parasite, Marriage Story, The Lighthouse

Amendments related to SCI may be altered

ANALYSIS

A pair of bylaw amendments up for consideration at a Special Meeting of the Members in January may be altered at the last Board of Directors meeting before it goes before students due to the vague status of the Student Choice Initiative, which sits in legal limbo while the provincial government aims to appeal a ruling that struck the optional student fees down.

The provincial division of the Canadian Federation of Students and York University’s student union marked a unexpected legal win over the Progressive Conservative government on Nov. 21 that saw the SCI struck down after the Ontario Divisional Court found it “unlawful”, according to the groups involved in the case.

Two bylaw amendments are related to the SCI, an initiative first unveiled by the post-secondary education minister in January 2019. One amends the classification of membership in the student union to add a tertiary category for those that opted into IGNITE’s Enhanced Student Experience Fees — though it is unclear if a student would have had to opt in to all or just one to be included.

A second amendment is less specific but aims to bring clarity to the SCI’s impact. It reads: “Mandatory and optional fees clearly defined” — a mission statement that puts in stone what officials said would be taking place in the coming year. Ahead of the fall semester, when the optional student fees were implemented, IGNITE was quieter than their counterparts on the SCI.

There is a final Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 15 ahead of the Special Meeting. If the amendments are to change it would be at these meetings. Is it likely, however, that any changes would take place? That depends on the stance of the directors and the student union as a whole on the SCI’s legal status.

When the Student Choice Initiative was first repealed, many student unions as well as campus publications and other post-secondary groups reacted positively to the news, as it would bring back fees to mandatory status and ensure continued funding. However, IGNITE was silent, saying they would await the provincial government’s response to the ruling.

But even when, in early December, the government under Premier Doug Ford filed a notice of appeal in an attempt to overturn the SCI ruling, IGNITE still did no give any formal response. The Avro Post attempted to get comment from officials at the student union but no response is likely as the publication was informed in October IGNITE would ignore any requests from its student journalists until it acquired a faculty advisor.

IGNITE is set to change. This is how.

SPECIAL REPORT BY ELI RIDDER; EDITED BY NICHOLAS SELES

IGNITE, the student union representing those enrolled at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber, will be going through major changes to how its governance will work in the new year, should students approve it at the Special Meeting of the Members in January.

This is is part of the Humber’s Choice special coverage.
Visit the Humber’s Choice hub here.

The most noticeable change is the end of executive elections and more unilateral power given to the Board of Directors. There could be more, but because only the “highlights” of the bylaw amendments are included in the minutes from the September Board meeting, it is unclear.

IGNITE has been operating since September 2016, after a multiple year process, to close down the Guelph-Humber Student Association and rebrand the Humber Students’ Federation as a student union for both Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Significant bylaw amendments proposed and approved at a September meeting of the Board of Directors set the stage for a complete overhaul of the governance system, though random interviews carried out by The Avro Post show many students are not aware of the updates.

IGNITE claimed in comments to the Et Cetera that when its executives speak to students, they are unanimously supportive of the moves, while others online have said otherwise. 

Just under 25 per cent of the eligible voting population voted in the last IGNITE election and, while that includes nearly 8,000 students from North, Lakeshore, Orangeville and Guelph-Humber, the annual public meetings vary greatly in attendance.

When there is controversy, such as the “#HSFControversy” of 2014 or the rebrand of the student union in 2016, attendance can push into the hundreds. Other times, attendance is just enough to reach the minimum amount of members — students — to vote, known as quorum.

With journalists from The Avro Post cut off from interviews, press briefings and requests ignored, questions are going unanswered.

EXECUTIVE ELECTIONS NO LONGER

Monica Khosla first ran for president of Humber College’s student union in 2017. That academic year had started off in turmoil with the impact of the province-wide college faculty strike that upended an entire semester for Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber.

That strike only occurred a year after IGNITE was rebranded. After two years — 2016 and 2017 — of chaotic event after chaotic event, the student union was hoping for a regular fall semester that year. Khosla was running to be president for a term that would have no major interruptions in the form of a scandal or strike.

Though much of what the executive candidates ran on — particularly the headline platform items — were dropped without explanation during the summer and fall of 2018. The elections of 2019 came with a challenge from presidential hopeful Margarita Bader, running on a platform distinct from Khosla’s.

Though not as significant in conversation as it was in other student union elections, the Student Choice Initiative and the financial cuts to education were touched on by Khosla and her competitor during a presidential forum, but there was no mention indicating the end of executive elections. Thus, it is unclear how long that has been in the cards.

However, the bylaw changes being presented on Jan. 22 to the members will include an amendment that will end executive elections so that the president and three vice presidents will be hired from the student population, following the footsteps of only a few other student unions in Ontario, such as at Sheridan College.

MORE POWER TO THE BOARD

In the largest shift to the Board of Directors since its founding from the preceding Humber Students’ Federation, the directors hope to pass an amendment that will allow for amendments passed by the Board to come into effect immediately. Though members can undo approval at a Special Meeting of the Members or Annual General Meeting, it would be retroactive.

This means that the Board, which currently is nearly completely closed off to students in a way unprecedented across Ontario, will have the power to make unilateral decisions without students aware of what occurred.

IGNITE did not allow The Avro Post access to the Sept. 11 Board meeting, the first of the semester, in which the directors passed the set of amendments coming forward to the Special Meeting of the Members. There was no explanation beyond that students were no longer allowed inside unless asked by the Board. By not allowing the student journalist access, IGNITE broke its own bylaws.

The bylaws state that the Board of Directors have to approve the attendance of a student via a majority vote, however, TAP journalists have not even been allowed inside the meetings it has been able to find for there to even be a vote.

Additionally, IGNITE removed the exact meeting times and locations from its Governance page at some point between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, again breaking its own bylaws. The student union was also slow to release meeting minutes after deleting a part of a statement posted during the September Board meeting claiming that minutes needed to be accessed via the executive director.

Most recently, the student union outright informed the Humber Et Cetera that student journalists would no longer be allowed access into meetings, an unprecedented statement that breaks bylaws and is not found anywhere else in the province. The student unions that IGNITE claims their changes are modelled after, including Sheridan’s, allow and even encourage journalists to come into director-level meetings.

IGNITE states that the reasoning behind the cut-off is due to the sensitive nature of the topics at hand. However, as found in their own bylaws and employed by other student unions, IGNITE has the option to go “in-camera”, meaning they can vote to have part of a meeting in private and away from visitors. This system is also employed by city councils across the country.

With the Board operating under increased secrecy, amendments giving the directors more unilateral power could face criticism.

As meeting minutes are, at the earliest, posted after a subsequent meeting the next month when they are approved a month, the student body at large could be unaware of any changes made to their student union for weeks at a time and powerless to rollback any amendments for several months until the next public meeting of the members where amendments are usually passed as one full package and not as separate items.

More coverage to follow.

Humber Cultural Hub coming to Lakeshore in 2020

Humber College will launch a “revitalizationof its Lakeshore Campus starting in the spring of 2020 by enlarging Building A into a new Humber Cultural Hub that will offer a new 300-bed residence, two new performance halls and a new gymnasium, among other spaces.

In a press release, the college said the Cultural Hub will also include a a Centre for Creative Business Innovation, café kitchen and server, an Indigenous classroom, and a new IGNITE student space. The additional space will help Humber meet enrolment demands that they state have “doubled over the course of a decade.”

The hub appears to also focus on the music department. It provides a 600-seat multi-use performance hall, a 150-seat Music Performance Hall, and music and computer labs. Also inside will be new film studios and a screening room.

“This landmark building will celebrate creativity in both design and function and will be a focal point for southwestern Toronto,” said Guillermo Acosta, senior dean, Faculty of Media and Creative Arts.

“The Hub will also directly support the Toronto Art Council’s strategic priority of broadening the locations across the city for arts programming and supports.”

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