Province appealing to restore Student Choice Initiative

The provincial government under the Progressive Conservatives is applying for leave to file an appeal against a ruling from the Divisional Court of Ontario that overturned the Student Choice Initiative.

A leave for appeal is a procedural measure that must be taken before an appeal is heard by the Court. Thus, the ruling of the Court stands and the SCI continues to be deemed unlawful.

The initiative, known as the SCI, was introduced earlier this year and came into play this fall semester. It allowed students to opt-out of paying certain “non-essential” ancillary fees that fund student unions, campus publication and other post-secondary organizations across the province.

The mandate came from the university and colleges ministry and was not passed through Queen’s Park. PC Party officials insisted to The Avro Post that it allowed for freedom of choice, allowing students to pay only for services that they felt was worth their financial support.

In response, the provincial division of the Canadian Federation of Students and York University’s student union filed a legal challenge against the SCI, stating that they failed to consult with students and should not have interfered with the autonomy of student unions.

Judges ruled unanimously in November to throw out the SCI, an unexpected victory for student allies. They found that the government has “no legal power to control the universities even if it wished to”.

A brief filed by the province on Monday evening states that the ruling restricts the authority to attach conditions to the funding given to public colleges and universities, according to reports by student newspapers.

“Attaching conditions to government grants in no way interferes with university autonomy and independence,” the brief reads, adding that post-secondary institutions “remain free” to accept taxpayer dollars, subject to the conditions that come along with the funding.

Over $5 billion comes from provincial coffers to the province’s 21 publicly assisted universities and 24 funded colleges. The Progressive Conservatives argue that the introducing optional student fees is an attempt to allow students to save more financially.

The court ruling, however, pointed out that the optional ancillary fees are a small portion of what students pay in tuition and other fees. For students at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber, there was only a charge of $55.95 compared to hundreds in overall fees.

The Winter 2020 semester starts in January and fees are due shortly. Some campuses are currently considering their legal options for removing the opt-out option for ancillary fees, The Globe and Mail reported.

IGNITE did not participate in the lawsuit against the province and did not offer support. The student union also refused to respond to the November ruling against the SCI until the government gave a statement.

Democrat revised NAFTA signed by all parties

It was months of negotiations that lead to a formal announcement on Tuesday by U.S. Democrats in the House of Representatives of an agreement with Republicans and the GOP-controlled White House over the new North American free trade agreement that aims to replace NAFTA for Mexico, Canada and the United States.

All three countries signed the revised United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in Mexico City on Tuesday from the National Palace in Mexico City. The USMCA is known as CUSMA, or the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, in Ottawa.

The announcement by Pelosi and Democratic allies in the House gave President Donald Trump a victory just an hour after her caucus released two articles of impeachment against the Republican president. Trump reacted to trade agreement deal with approval ahead of the announcement.

Democratic leaders said in a press conference that they fought hard to make improvements to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, resulting in a deal “infinitely better” than the “deeply flawed” consensus the Trump administration negotiated and a vote to ratify is expected in the House next week.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said that Ottawa and Mexico City conceded on nearly every change that Democrats sought in the new edition of the deal because of “enforceability”, calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s lead negotiator Chrystia Freeland “good partners in this”.

Neal added that parts of the altered agreement would be reviewed by those in Congress, however, he saw no reason for “unnecessary delays” for a vote on the new version of the deal in the House of Representatives before it is sent to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it is expected to pass.

Though the official revamped agreement has not been released, officials said that the updated document holds down prices for biologic drugs by doing away with a patent provision and sets up stricter rules for worker rights.

It was Trump who pushed for the new trade agreement, claiming the previous 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, was responsible for the loss of American jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector.

The U.S. trade chief called it “a miracle” that both domestic and international political actors had united behind the deal, which had lost momentum in recent months.

Deputy Prime Minister Freeland remarked from Mexico that “we have accomplished this together at a moment when, around the world, it is increasingly difficult to get trade deals done.” Mexican President Lopez Obrador thanked the U.S. president for working with him on the deal.

Democrats unveil articles of impeachment against Trump

U.S. Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress as part of a major step forward in a process that is likely to end in a dramatic trial in the Republican-run Senate.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the impeachment charges next week, according to congressional reporters. With a Democrat majority, the House is nearly certain to impeach Trump, which acts as an indictment for the crimes outlined in the articles.

The process will then move to a trial in the Senate where Trump will either be acquitted or removed from office in a two-thirds majority. GOP senators have shown little appetite to remove Trump from office but with public support for such a move growing, there could be surprises ahead.

Trump is the third president in U.S. history to face impeachment.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Chairmen Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff gave a brief press conference announcing the two articles of impeachment that, though expected was historic, as charges of “high crimes and misdemeanours” were laid against the U.S. president.

The impeachment charges stem from an investigation launched on Sept. 24 that probed allegations that Trump carried out a so-called “quid pro quo” arrangement with Ukraine during which he withheld military aid until Kiev would investigate political rival and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Republicans insist that the Democrat-led effort is an attempt to undo the results of the 2016 federal election as part of a so-called “witch hunt” against Trump. The president denies any wrongdoing in the Ukraine case as well as in the special counsel probe that dominated the beginning of his presidency.

An hour later, Pelosi stood before reporters for a second time to announce that Democrats had reached a revised North American free trade agreement deal in what allies of the president view as a victory, fulfilling a policy goal of the Trump administration.


‘Endangered the U.S. Constituition’

In a statement to reporters, House Judiciary Committee Chairman and point man for the impeachment inquiry Jerrold Nadler said that the Democrats were forced to take action due to Trump endangering the U.S. Constitution, undermining the next election and putting national security at jeopardy.

“No one, not even the president, is above the law,” Nadler said, flanked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other chairpersons involved in the impeachment probe, adding that “our elections are a cornerstone of democracy”.

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.

Humber acknowledges testing delays

Humber College on Monday acknowledged Testing Services delays that have caused some student backlash.

“We appreciate your consideration and patience as Testing Services approach peak service demands over the next two weeks,” from Dec. 9 to Dec. 18, the college said.

“Humber is committed to reviewing these service challenges, we recognize the impact this has on our learners and encourage students reach out as needed.”

One North Campus student told The Avro Post that she spent three and a half hours to write her exam on Monday.

Students demand money back after cancelled classes

Third year Media Studies students at the University of Guelph-Humber are hoping for reimbursement of a Web Design class after several classes were cancelled this semester and the professor replaced, with a petition claiming they did not receive the education they had paid for.

In the Media Studies program at Guelph-Humber, students specialize into several different streams. One of the core differences between the Digital Communications and Visual Communications is that the Digital students learn basic coding via a series of cumulative Web Design classes.

Students that launched an online petition say their original professor cancelled several classes before the fall Reading Week break and then was replaced with a new professor that “had no knowledge of what the students had missed out on”.

Because of this, those enrolled in the course missed out on the skills they were supposed to learn ahead of their second Web Design class taking place in the Winter 2020 semester.

The amount of classes that the students have missed equates to half of the semester due to several class cancellations as well as time to find a replacement professor.

Students had the opportunity to drop the class without suffering an academic penalty, but were told they were not going to receive a refund and would ultimately have to retake the course.

Assistant Media Studies Program Head Adam Miller said in response to The Avro Post that “since students pay a flat fee for the term, they are not paying for instruction by the hour, but rather for the completion of between four and five credits per semester. As it currently stands, you are on track to complete the course, which is ultimately what was paid for”.

Briana Fee, who organized the petition to “motivate my fellow classmates to come together and voice our opinion on the situation at hand” is a third year Digital Communications student at Guelph-Humber have spoken to Adam Miller extensively through emails and has reached out to Kathy Ullyott, who is the media program head.

Fee and her peers believe that Guelph-Humber should take more accountability for their actions instead of remaining “in denial”.

“We only had one class on JavaScript. That is in no way enough for students to understand how to use Java in the following web design class,” Fee said.

Nick Brindley, one of the students impacted in the situation, said that “we were told we would be taught advanced CSS and moderate Java Script but only reviewed CSS from our second year course and very basic Java Script”.

Miller has addressed the situation by offering learning sessions that will be held in December and January that will be “more personalized”, but according to Briana “no student I’ve communicated with in the [Digital Communications] program has said they will be able to attend”.

When suggested that the sessions should be recorded that way all the students would have access to the lecture no matter how busy their schedules are, Briana was told “the learning sessions are meant to be like workshops and will be more one on one” clarifying that it would not be beneficial to record it.

Fee told The Post that “the situation makes me feel unimportant in the eyes of the university”.

She added that this ordeal will be taken as a lesson and hopes that “future students won’t have to deal with a similar situation”.

For individuals interested in supporting the cause, they can sign the petition at change.org. The petition currently has 288 signatures but organizers aim to hit 500 signatures.

The Avro Post reached out to the Media Studies Program Head Kathy Ullyott for comment but has not yet received a response.

Rainn Wilson coming to Humber College

Rainn Wilson, the actor who played Dwight Shrute on The Office will come to Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus in January 2020 for an in-depth look at his time on the popular TV series and to provide advice for students, as part of IGNITE’s Real Talks series.

Although The Office has been off the air for a few years at this point, the legacy of Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. still has a strong grip on pop culture and television as a whole. The jokes of Dwight Schrute, Michael Scott, Jim Halpert, Pam Beasley and all of the wild and wacky employees from Scranton, PA can still be heard quoted both in-person and online.

Wilson won the SAG award for Performance in an Ensemble Cast for comedy series for The Office in 2004, 2007 and 2008 which he shared with his costars of the show.

In the time since The Office left TV, Wilson has founded the website and YouTube channel SoulPancake. The channel tackles the human experience and focuses on those who have the ability to change the world.

Wilson has also been part of numerous movements that focus on the betterment of the planet and has recently switched to a vegan lifestyle. He was involved with Justin Wu’s UN Climate Change project in order to bring aware to the crisis that we, as a global community, are facing for the foreseeable future. You can check out SoulPancake’s YouTube channel here.

Tickets for the event go on sale on Jan. 2 and will be $5 for Humber and Guelph-Humber students and $15 for non-Humber students and guests. Only one guest will be allowed per Humber/Guelph-Humber students.

Humber investigating after incident of anti-black racism

Humber College is investigating after an incident of anti-black racism occurred earlier this month at Lakeshore Campus where racial slurs were found in a male washroom, Dean of Students Ian Crookshank said in a statement sent out to students on Monday afternoon.

Crookshank, writing on behalf of the administration and the Student Success and Engagement team, condemned the slurs that were discovered on Dec. 5, calling the incident “against our value of equity” and unacceptable on Humber campuses.

“We are investigating the incident and will continue to develop action-based solutions to address the issue of anti-black racism on campus,” he added, saying Humber is “committed to creating an educational and social environment where equity, diversity and inclusion are celebrated”.

“I commit to all students, for any reason, to listen and work with you and the Student Success and Engagement team to understand how we might move forward as a community to continue to ensure that our campuses are places where all are welcome, feel they belong, and can be successful and safe.”

Crookshank offered several supports available to students in his email including the Black Academic Success and Engagement equity hub, known as BASE, the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre and the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Diversity.

Tyler Thomas, a first year civil engineering student at North Campus, told The Avro Post that he is “saddened” by the incident and hopes that “people learn we are all equal”.

He added that “at this point in life I’m at right now things like that don’t hurt me as much as it used to”.

Dean Crookshank encouraged students to talk with each other and reach out through email or call his extension at ext. 5754.

“While we continue with an active response to this incident and in addressing the underlying issues that empower such behaviour in our community, I encourage you to connect with each other.”

Journalists make Board meetings ‘unproductive’, IGNITE says

IGNITE’s Acting Communications Director Unika Hypolite said that the “participation of a journalist has the potential to make [B]oard meetings unproductive” in recent comments to the Humber Et Cetera, also confirming clearly for the first time that journalists are not allowed.

Staff told the Et Cetera that journalist attendance at the meetings where decisions are made on the fees collected from students would be uncomfortable for the elected directors.

IGNITE recently cut off students from Board meetings, starting with the first one of the semester on Sept. 11, breaking their own bylaws. Because the student union has given at least two sets of conflicting rules regarding attendance at the meetings, it is unclear exactly what the procedure is.

The student union posted a memo on its Governance page after that first meeting saying that students would need permission from the executive director to attend. Executive Director then told Post reporters at the October press briefing that it is actually a vote by the democratically elected directors that block attendees from the meetings.

He added that the Governance page would need to be updated to more accurately reflect the true procedure.

The reason they do not want journalists or students in general at the meetings, officials say, is because there are oftentimes sensitive topics discussed that they do not want in the public eye.

At virtually every other student union in Ontario, Board of Directors meetings are open with the exception of moments when they vote to go “in-camera”, a portion of the meeting that is private.

When Post reporters asked about this technique instead of cutting off the meetings entirely, Hypolite said in October that the organization would “take it under advisement”.

If reporters were allowed inside the September Board meeting, the changes to the

IGNITE also plans to do away with executive elections should a package of bylaw amendments be passed at a January Special Meeting of the Members on Jan. 22, a new date reported by the Et Cetera after reporting earlier that it was taking place on Jan. 16.

Interviews with several current and former student union officials with Post reporters have revealed that the way IGNITE has been operating this semester is highly unusual and out of step with the majority of its national counterparts.

IGNITE officials in October cut The Avro Post off from requests for comment or interviews saying that the reporting carried out by the publication after an Oct. 4 press briefing was inaccurate. Stories since by the Et Cetera appears to confirm much of that reporting.


Journalists not allowed

On Oct. 4, IGNITE officials told The Avro Post that student journalists could attend meetings but they could be asked to leave in a majority vote of directors.

However, reporters have been unable to even find the meetings because the exact locations and times have been deleted from their previous location online, breaking IGNITE’s own bylaws.

Now, it appears that journalists will be permanently cut off from the Board.

If the bylaw package coming to the Special Meeting of the Members in January is passed, the Board’s new unilateral powers will allow them to make decisions without the public being aware until meeting minutes are posted.

Meeting minutes are approved at the next meeting and are supposed to be posted online. However, IGNITE has occasionally taken longer than usual to post them this semester.

Without journalists being at the Board meetings, executives being hired instead of elected and the only other public meetings taking place only annually, some are concerned that there will be a further lack of transparency in the organization.

First trailer for ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ arrives

Set in the tubular 1980s, Diana Prince returns in her first appearance since Justice League.

With CCXP underway down in Brazil, Marvel, Star Wars and now DC have all had a presence in showcasing some of their upcoming projects, with Wonder Woman 1984 being one of the biggest pieces of media being shown off.

Set in the year 1984, Diana Prince comes into conflict with the Soviet Union and also finds a powerful adversary by the name of Cheetah (Kristen Wiig).

You check out the first trailer for the film below.

Part 1: Want to run for IGNITE?

ANALYSIS

It’s that time of year again when students at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber are starting to ask the questions about running in IGNITE’s elections.

This is a quick primer on what exactly should be considered before getting started, how to prepare and what it takes to win — brought together by analysis of recent election history and interviews with past representatives. It is useful to both those brand new to student elections as well as veterans.

First off, you need to know that the options for elections will likely shrink. Dependent on a vote by regular students at a January Special Meeting of the Members, bylaw amendments could be passed that end elections for the president and vice presidents.

The most recent time that students voted against proposed changes was at a highly controversial meeting in the spring of 2014 when presidential election results were thrown out after a popular incumbent president was disqualified before voting could be completed.

Thus, if you were thinking of running for president or vice president, there is a chance you may not be able to. However, the positions will be be filled by hired students so if you want to apply through the hiring process, that is an option as well.

So, should you wish to campaign be elected into the student union, that leaves the Board of Directors. There are 10 directors this year, but there could be only nine seats up for grabs if no one wants the Orangeville director seat, which appears to only be available when one shows interest.

North Campus, with the largest population of students, has four seats on the Board. Lakeshore has three. Guelph-Humber has two. If there is a director from Orangeville, then there are 10 in total.

Those interested need to submit nomination papers. Then campaigns get underway middle to late February, running for around 10 days. During that time, candidates will be able to put up posters, hand out literature and participate in campaign events.

There are limits to how much a candidate can spend.

For the Board of Directors races, it is usually $100, however, this could potentially see a change when new bylaw amendments are approved in January, but there has been no confirmation because the amendments have not been detailed in full yet.

The presidential candidates could in previous years spend up to $300 and those aiming for the vice presidency of their respective campus could drop up to $200 on their campus.

Vague wording from the Sept. 11 Board of Directors meeting minutes state that the “president term” will be used for the chairperson of the Board. Since the student union has cut off The Avro Post, further requests for clarification went unanswered.

However, if the interpretation of that amendment is meant to define the chairperson as some new “president” figure — which falls in line with what IGNITE officials have been saying in recent months regarding making the Board the “face” of the student union — then possibly the position will be elected by a campus-wide vote instead of an internal Board vote.

There is no evidence to suggest this. But if it does happen, there could be a higher spending limit. Without executive elections, the Board would be more central to IGNITE elections than in the past, and spending limit changes could reflect this.

Other technical factors that need to be considered is that IGNITE election candidates need to be in good academic standing to participate. They also cannot be a president or executive of any external club or student organization. If the candidate is an IGNITE club president, they will have to step down.

But how do you win? The Post has spoken to several former candidates and successful student representatives to get the big ideas on how to win and they will be found in part two of this three-part series on IGNITE elections.

High school teachers launch day-long strike

The union representing public high school teachers launched a one-day strike on Wednesday morning after a deadline for a deal was missed, the first strike in 22 years by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.

This means that classes are cancelled at public and Catholic high schools for the day. The bargaining team for the union had remained in their caucus room since 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning but there was no provincial representation, OSSTF said.

Strong first half pushes Raptors to beat Jazz

The Toronto Raptors began December with a 130-110 win against the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

The Raptors scored a season-best 77 points in the first half. They were up a franchise-best 40 points at halftime. They also allowed a season-worst with the most points conceded in one quarter when Utah scored 49 in the third.

Pascal Siakam had 35 points in 35 minutes, along with five assists and five rebounds. Fred VanVleet recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists. Norman Powell scored 15.

Serge Ibaka returned from injury after missing just over three weeks of action, he scored 13 points. Terence Davis had 13 points as well. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and OG Anunoby scored 10 points apiece.

Mike Conley led the Jazz with 20 points, Jeff Green scored 19 points in 15 minutes off the bench.

Donovan Mitchell had 16 points, and Rudy Gobert recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 11.

Here are some of the Raptors highlights of the night:

Head coach Nick Nurse was named the eastern conference coach of the month on Tuesday. This award was given to him for the games played in October and November, as he coached the Raptors to a current record of 14-4.

The Raptors host the Miami Heat at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.

Tip-off is set for 7:30.


Featured image from John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports.

Upcoming movie trailers

The week of Dec. 2 will see a slew of movie trailers hitting the internet.

With the week now in full swing, we have three confirmed trailers hitting the internet this week with one that is strongly rumoured to be releasing tomorrow (Dec. 3).

BLACK WIDOW

The first one being the rumoured one, the teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow is expected to release on Dec. 3. Footage had debuted for the fans in attendance at San Diego Comic Con back in the summer, and with Star Wars hitting theatres soon, you can bet that Disney will want to promote their next big Marvel film alongside their Christmas box office behemoth.

NO TIME TO DIE

The next James Bond film, No Time To Die, brings Daneil Craig back to the role of Bond for one last outing. Director Sam Mendes has given up the directorial reigns to Cary Fukunaga after Spectre turned out to be a lacklustre film which certainly stuck out as the Bond film before that one, Skyfall, is considered one of the best Bond films. The teaser for No Time To Die premieres on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

BIRDS OF PREY, OR THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN

Having already received the teaser trailer for the film back in Sept., Warner Bros. is looking to amp up the marketing for the film since it will open in theatres in Feb. 2020. It was recently confirmed that the film will have an R-rating (as will James Gunn Suicide Squad sequel) so whether or not we’ll see any of the R-rated content in this trailer is up for debate.

WONDER WOMAN 1984

The sequel to the first Wonder Woman follows Diana Prince in the year 1984, and frankly, not much else is known about the film’s plot. We know Chris Pine is back as Steve Trevor and Kristen Wiig will play Cheetah, but a lot of the more juicy details are being kept under wraps. WW84 is the only other film to feature one of the members of the Justice League in a post-Justice League era of DC and Warner Bros. The teaser for WW84 is expected to premiere during the weekend alongside Birds of Prey at CCXP (Brazilian Comic Con) so a specific date and time is not yet locked.

Top events on campus: Week of Dec. 1

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, Dec. 2

Humber Networking Event

The Humber students of the Fitness and Health Promotion will be hosting the 2nd annual networking event. This event will feature presentations from three alumni of the program featuring their academic experience and their current career path. Refreshments will be provided.

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North
More information:
Eventbrite

Friday, Dec. 6

Humber Spin-A-Thon 2019

The department of Health Wellness and Science will be hosting the 10th-annual United Way Spin-A-Thon. Donations will be accepted for the United Way Organization. Refreshments will be provided and there will be prizes to be won.

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North, Concourse E135
More information:
Spin-A-Thon 2019

What’s coming to Disney+ this month

After its first and very successful month of release, Disney has released the December lineup for their streaming site.

With a number of series debuting in November, Disney is starting turn up the heat in terms of what’s becoming available. While the Marvel and Star Wars catalogs are slowly filling up, the original series are keeping viewers attached to the service. The Mandalorian has taken the world by storm as being one of the best pieces of Star Wars content since the original trilogy.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum has brought the eccentric actor around the United States in search of answers in relation to the attraction with tattoos, ice cream and sneakers, and Goldblum shows every bit of interest in these topics as you would hope he would.

Below is a list that Disney released via a YouTube video today, highlighting the coming content for the month of December.

Dec. 1:
– Glory Road
– Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts
– Garfield: The Movie

Dec. 3:
– One Day At Disney

Dec. 5:
– Thor: Ragnarok

Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27:
– One Day At Disney (Shorts); episdoes 1, 2, 3, 4
– The Mandalorian; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– The World According to Jeff Goldblum; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Pixar in Real Life: Finding Dory Aquarium Escape
– High School Musical: The Musical: The Series; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Encore!; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Marvel’s Hero Project; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– Forky Asks A Question; New Shorts
– Disney Family Sundays; episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
– The Imagineering Story; episodes 5, 6 (Dec. 6, 13)

Dec. 11:
– Alice Through the Looking Glass

Dec. 13:
– SparkShorts: Wind

Dec. 20:
– George of the Jungle 2
– Pick of the Litter; episodes 1 and 2 (20, 27)
– Togo

Dec. 26:
– Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Dec. 31:
– Marvel’s Spider-Man

Reports of sexual assault at York University

Police responded to multiple reports of a sexual assault at York University Saturday evening and an investigation is under way.

One man was touching a woman inappropriately at Scott Library and another was filming it, Toronto Police tweeted, adding later that two males were located.

The library is a large and sprawling with multiple floors. Officers have searched the building.

No further information has been made available.

Powell scores career-high, Raptors win in Orlando

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 90-83 on Friday.

The game in Orlando was Nick Nurse’s 100th regular season game as an NBA coach.

Norman Powell led the Raptors with 33 points, a career high for the former UCLA Bruin.

Fred VanVleet scored 22, and had five rebounds, four assists and a career-high seven steals.

Pascal Siakam recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Chris Boucher scored seven, while Marc Gasol and Ronade Hollis-Jefferson had six points apiece.

Evan Fournier led the Magic with 18 points. Former first-overall draft pick Markelle Fultz scored 15.

Mo Bamba had 11 points and seven boards off the bench. Canadian Khem Birch had four points and 12 rebounds.

Hollis-Jefferson had a couple of accurate assists to help his teammates in the paint.

19 of Powell’s 33 points in the game came in the third quarter. Here are his highlights:

The Raptors return home for three games, with the first one being on Sunday against the Utah Jazz.

Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena.


Featured image from Toronto Raptors.

Mental health resources are a tap away

There are a variety of websites and apps that will assist in students’ mental health and wellness throughout the school year and with exams approaching, stress levels are rising across the campuses of Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Last Saturday was International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and it was designated to those who have lost individuals to suicide. It was also a day to take a moment to realize the individuals that have attempted suicide in their life, who may have committed suicide and many whom have thoughts about suicide.

Suicide is a topic that is rarely approached due to the stigma around mental health and the lack of knowledge that society may have.

The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, or SWAC, provided The Avro Post with a list of websites and apps that students can have access to on their own time.

Crisis and general support consists of The Lifeline, which is an app that provides you with a good amount of numbers to call or websites to attend, 7 Cups, a website and app that provides you access to online listeners and therapists. As a warning, 7 Cups may be triggering to some because the listeners are not professionally trained.

Be Safe: You deserve help is also another app option.

When depression and mood support is required, Stigma is an option that Android users can use, Intellicare, an app that consists of 12 mini apps may come to benefit, and there are mood trackers like Mind your Mood, Youper or Emoods Mood Tracker.

Anxiety can be managed through the support of apps such as: Stop, Breathe & Think, Self-Help for Anxiety, Mindshift and B2R – Breathe to Relax. One app that can support both depression and anxiety is Sanvello.

For stress management, there are apps like Healthy Minds, Happify, Headspace (for students there is a subscription that only costs $10 a year) and Calm.

The first semester of a long academic year is coming to a close, but there are supports available for the inevitable stress that comes with it.

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