Raptors bench shines in victory against Knicks

The Toronto Raptors defeated the New York Knicks 126-98 on Wednesday.

Toronto have started their season 8-0 at home for the first time in franchise history.

With this win, the Raptors now own the longest home win streak vs. division opponents.

Pascal Siakam scored 31 points and had eight rebounds. The Raptors typically have success whenever Siakam has scored 30+ points in a game.

Fred VanVleet had 15 points, while OG Anunoby recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Raptors bench contributed with 57 points from five players.

Terence Davis scored 15, Malcom Miller had 13 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc. Chris Boucher recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 12.

Shamorie Ponds made his NBA debut and scored four points.

Knicks rookie and Toronto native RJ Barrett made his home debut and scored 16 points. Julius Randle had 19 points and eight rebounds. Allonzo Trier scored 10 off the bench.

Canada Basketball is on the rise, and this game was historic for both Canada and the NBA.

The four Canadians that featured in this game were Chris Boucher, Oshae Brissett, Ignas Brazdeikis and RJ Barrett.

A couple of the highlights of the night included VanVleet weaving his way through the New York defence, and Marc Gasol draining a three from deep.

The Raptors end off November with a trip to Orlando to play the Magic on Friday.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Amway Center.


Featured image from NBA Canada.

Administrations, unions give varied response to SCI ruling

On Nov. 21, the Ontario Divisional Court deemed the Ford government’s Student Choice Initiative unlawful and the reaction has varied from sending the optional fees website offline to waiting on the Ford government’s response.

On Monday, Nov. 25, the University of Toronto responded by being the first university in Ontario to email its students informing them that they would be freezing the “incidental fees portal” while they took stock.

In an email to students from Vice-Provost Sandy Welsh, University of Toronto students were informed that the school was evaluating the “technical impact” of the court’s decision, and that there would be updates to come. 

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In a graphic posted on their social media, Sheridan College said “Sheridan is monitoring the situation to see what course of action the government chooses to take. Until we receive a new directive, we’ll continue under the current one, which allows students to opt-out of paying certain fees.”

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Few other post-secondary institutions have posted a public update about the new evolution in the implementation of the province of Ontario’s “Tuition Fee Framework and Ancillary Fee Guidelines” document. [hyperlink: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/pepg/mtcu-university-tuition-framework-guidelines-mar2019-en.pdf]

The University of Guelph has not released a statement yet, but administration has advised its student union, the Central Student Association, that large institutions can take time to implement legal decisions, and that figuring out mechanics with which to reverse the ”Student Choice Initiative” will take some time. 

While the government of Ontario has not yet commented on the releases, there is speculation that they are considering an appeal. In a statement on Friday November 22nd, spokesperson Clara Bryne wrote, “The Ministry of Colleges and Universities is currently reviewing the decision released yesterday. We will have more to say on this at a later date.”

Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario National Executive Representative, and the CFS representative in the legal proceedings, Kayla Weiler, said “we haven’t had any confirmation if there will be an appeal or not, and […] we’re hoping the government will respect the unanimous decision of the panel of judges and respect student democracy”

In its reasons, the Divisional Court said, “The University Guidelines [SCI] … are beyond the scope of the crown’s prerogative power over spending because they are contrary to the statutory autonomy conferred on universities by statute.”

Referring specifically to section seven of the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act wherein governments are prevented from interfering with the “normal activities” of student governing bodies – specifically the court ruled that “normal activities” the government is precluded from includes; “reducing or eliminating the funding used by student associations.”

Reporting by Jack Fisher; 
Editing by Eli Ridder.

U of G cannon becomes focal point in Hong Kong debate

A cannon known as Old Jeremiah on the University of Guelph has become a focal point of debate over a political crisis in Hong Kong, a city gripped by massive protests fighting against the influence of a dictator and standing for lasting democracy.

It was on the evening of Nov. 24 that students part of the Hong Kong Student Radio Association arrived at 9 p.m. to paint Old Jeremiah, a tradition at this university, with the words “stand with Hong Kong” and “free Hong Kong” in yellow paint on a black background.

Early the next morning, a Sunday, one side of the cannon was painted over in purple and later in the day the words “stand with Hong Kong” were scrapped off, according to what students told The Ontarion, an independent student newspaper at the university.

Also missing was a “Lennon wall”, a bristol board covered with messages supportive of Hong Kong’s democratic freedom. It was then that rumours spread pointing the blame for the new paint job was the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, The Ontarion reported.

Students from the Hong Kong Student Radio Association, or HKRA, said they painted Old Jeremiah once again with the same design from Sunday.

An argument occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Monday as students arrived to “guard” the newly repainted cannon, according to people familiar with what took place, as over two dozen people were ready to paint the cannon the red of the communist Chinese flag.

By 7 pm. on Monday Old Jeremiah was sporting a design resembling communist China, the mainland administration in Beijing that took back control of Hong Kong in 1997 from the United Kingdom.

Protests in Hong Kong started in June. Millions marched in the streets against an extradition bill that would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China, ruled by the Communist Party.

Critics thought that this could “undermine judicial independence and endanger dissidents”, according to BBC reporting. The bill was removed in September under immense pressure from protests that sometimes turned violent.

Rallies continue in the streets of Hong Kong nonetheless, demanding a restoration of democracy and further investigation into the actions of police.

The debate taking place at the University of Guelph campus mirrors a larger, more dangerous skirmish happening at the same time in Hong Kong, where post-secondary campuses were for 12 days ground zero for some of the protests.

The Avro Post has reached out to the Humber Chinese Student Association for their take on the current tensions a world away and here in Canada.

Cineplex unveils theatre of the future

The Canadian movie theatre company, Cineplex, will unveil the Junxion, a brand new theatre-going experience that combines movies, live entertainment, VR arcades and restaurants.

With box office numbers consistently fluctuating, the Canadian movie theatre company, Cineplex, has unveiled their plans to transform an existing Toronto theatre (the Erin Mills Cineplex) into a brand new theatre experience known as Junxion.

Some Cineplex locations across the country offer the VIP experience which has the in-seat service as well as restaurant, and most locations are equipped with an arcade.

What Cineplex aims to do now is enhance that experience even further. The Erin Mills Centre Cineplex will be renovated by late 2020 to include six theatre screens, a VR arcade, beer and wine bars, indoor food trucks, the signature Cineplex restaurants as well as stages for live entertainment.

Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacobs said in a statement, “As Canada’s entertainment landscape continues to evolve, we are proudly introducing this state-of-the-art community hub where families and friends can come together to play, dine, unwind and have fun”.

Cineplex will also partner with the U.S. company, Topgolf, to bring golf driving ranges and other games to the theatres. Cineplex also currently runs several VR arcades across Canada called The Rec Room, which feature high-end VR games and experiences.

Cineplex’s Junxion experience is expected to open in late 2020 here in Toronto.

Carnival themed event being held at Humber

The Recreation and Leisure Services Program will be hosting an exhibition at Humber College North Campus on Thursday.

The exhibition is a carnival themed event that will have food as well as entertainment such as raffles, games, and prizes to give away.

The Recreation and Leisure Services program plan an event each year to promote inclusivity and engagement to Humber students. Some prior events that they have done include: The Humber Classic, Hawk-A-Palooza, and The International Sports Fair.

In partnership with Pink City Classic, all proceeds made during the event will be donated to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Their goal is to spread awareness as well as fundraise $2,000 in support of breast cancer research.

Students are able to donate through the link in the bio of Humber North Exhibition on Instagram, buying food at the event, participating in the games and activities being offered, as well as pre oder Krispy Kreme donuts.

The exhibition will be taking place on Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Humber College North Campus in the E Concourse.

Toronto feces thrower arrested after several attacks

Toronto Police said late on Tuesday that they arrested the male suspect believed to be responsible for hurling liquefied fecal matter at five people in three separate incidents at pos-secondary campuses around the city that took place between Friday and Monday.

Photo of suspect via Toronto Police.

Samuel Opoku was arrested in the area of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue at 6 p.m., though police did not reveal the exact location where the 23-year-old was taken into custody. Opoku was charged with five counts of assault with a weapon and five of mischief interfering with property.

The feces attacker will appear in a downtown courtroom at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

The first throw came on Friday. Feces were thrown at an individual inside the Roberts Library cafeteria at the University of Toronto.

A statement from the university called the incident “shocking”, adding that “assistance was provided to those affected.”

On Sunday excrement was thrown once again in York University’s Scott Library, hitting what appeared to be a laptop on a desk as well as an empty chair in a video taken after the incident.

news release went out Monday evening saying that on Sunday at 5 p.m. officers responded to a call for an assault taking place in the York library.

A man entered the library carrying a bucket and poured liquified fecal matter on an unsuspecting person seated at a table before fleeing on foot, Toronto Police said.

Raptors hold Embiid scoreless, beat 76ers

The Toronto Raptors held Joel Embiid scoreless for the first time in his career en route to a 101-96 win against Philadelphia on Monday.

Matt Thomas did not play because of a fractured finger he suffered during the Atlanta game. It turns out that he has a broken finger and will be out approximately four weeks.

The Raptors played an eight-man rotation because of Thomas’ absence. Pascal Siakam led scorers with 25 points, he also had seven rebounds. Fred VanVleet had 24 points and eight assists.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson recorded a double-double in 31 minutes with 16 points and 10 boards. OG Anunoby scored 12, and Terence Davis had 11.

Josh Richardson had 25 points for the 76ers. Tobias Harris scored 18 and Al Horford recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Mike Scott scored 12 off the bench. Ben Simmons had 10 points, 14 assists and nine boards.

Toronto’s emphasis was on defence for the whole game, as they focused on shutting down Joel Embiid. That task was taken care of by Siakam and Marc Gasol. Both players had two blocks each.

The Raptors clawed their way back after being down two possessions in the fourth quarter.

Toronto will host the New York Knicks on Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.


Featured image from Toronto Raptors.

Fitness Games coming to North Campus

The 1st Annual Humber Fitness games are taking place this year on Thursday, run by Fitness and Health Promotion program students in the A/B gymnasium at Humber College’s North Campus.

A minimum donation of $2 will be needed to enter, play games and have the chance to win prizes from the event sponsors, an event description reads. It will run for three hours, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds raised by the games will go to the Kyle Hoseman Scholarship.

Feces hurled on Toronto campuses

Police released an image of a suspect wanted as part of an assault investigation on Monday after feces were thrown on people during two incidents at the University of Toronto and York University last week.

Image of suspect released by Toronto Police on Monday.

Key to an investigation into the attacks is whether they are connected and if the target was meant to be students. The fecal matter hurled at York struck a student, the university said.

The first throw came on Friday. Feces were thrown at an individual inside the Roberts Library cafeteria at the University of Toronto.

A statement from the university called the incident “shocking”, adding that “assistance was provided to those affected.”

On Sunday excrement was thrown once again in York University’s Scott Library, hitting what appeared to be a laptop on a desk as well as an empty chair in a video taken after the incident.

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A news release went out Monday evening saying that on Sunday at 5 p.m. officers responded to a call for an assault taking place in the York library.

A man entered the library carrying a bucket and poured liquified fecal matter on an unsuspecting person seated at a table before fleeing on foot, Toronto Police said.

The suspect is described as being in his 20s with a medium build sporting a black hat, blue top, light-coloured pants and black gloves. Those with information are asked to contact police.

Cavill on Superman: ‘I’ve not given up the role’

Actor Henry Cavill has recently broken his silence on his involvement with Warner Bros., DC and the character of Superman.

With all the chatter about the Snyder cut of Justice League, Henry Cavill has added a bit more fuel to the fandom fire by stating he isn’t yet done playing the role of the Kryptonian hero.

Making his debut in 2013’s Man of Steel, Cavill received mixed reviews for his portrayal of Superman. A lot of comments claimed he didn’t smile enough or wasn’t as optimistic as previous iterations, but there is also the understanding that those decisions stem from the writing and less-so from Cavill.

Cavill returned to the role for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, starring opposite Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The two duked it out on-screen before teaming up with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to take down Doomsday where Superman paid with his life. His death was short-lived, however, as he was resurrected in 2017’s Justice League by the team.

Justice League didn’t perform as expected and threw a massive wrench into the gears at DC. Affleck left the role of Batman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg film was put on hold indefinitely and Ezra Miller’s Flash movie was rewritten numerous times and had directors coming and going for months. The only two movies to push forward from Justice League were Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and James Wan’s Aquaman.

Cavill’s involvement post-League was up in the air, with some outlets reporting he was done, others saying he wasn’t, and Cavill posted cryptic messages and images to Instagram.

In the cover story for December’s Men’s Health, Cavill said, “The cape is in the closet. It’s still mine. I’m not going to sit quietly in the dark as all the stuff is going on. I’ve not given up the role. There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honest of the character I wasn’t to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.”

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC have not yet announced any plans for a sequel to Man of Steel with Cavill.

Henry Cavill will next appear on Netflix’s The Witcher series which premieres on Dec. 20.

Top events on campus: Week of Nov. 25

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. 

Tuesday, Nov. 26

GH: Canadian Armed Forces Information Session

Guelph-Humber’s Professional Connections series continues with a visit from representatives of the Canadian Armed Forces. These representatives will be present to answer any questions students have regarding full-time or part-time employment within the organization.

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: GH 202
More information:
GH

Wednesday, Nov. 27

Humber Lakeshore: Principal’s Office 6 in 6 Speaker Series

The Humber Centre for Entrepreneurship will be hosting 6 presentations made by 6 entrepreneurs teaching their research-based projects and showcasing Scholarships of Teaching and Learning. For a full list of the speakers the link is on the Humber events page. Lunch will also be provided for those that register.

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Humber Centre for Entrepreneurship
More information:
Humber Lakeshore

Thursday, Nov. 28

IGNITE: Super Smash Bros Tournament

IGNITE will be hosting a video game tournament featuring the popular game Super Smash Bros. Their will be a variety of prizes to be won, including the first place prize of Raptors tickets!

Time: 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Location: North, Student Centre & Lakeshore, K Building
More information:
IGNITE

1st Annual Humber Fitness Games

The Humber Fitness and Health Promotion students will be hosting the Humber Fitness Games that will feature various physical competitions. Students are encouraged to participate and require a minimum of $2 donation that will go towards the Kyle Hoseman Scholarship.

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: North Campus, Gym A/B
More information:
Humber

Friday, Nov. 29

Humber R&B Showcase

Join Humber’s Bachelors of Music students in the R&B showcase that will feature performances by Will Jarvis Rhythm and Soul, Collin Barrett Soul Nation and Mark Kelso Groove Merchants. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for Humber/GH students.

Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lakeshore Campus, Auditorium A128
More information:
Humber

IGNITE: 2nd Annual No Boundaries Conference

IGNITE will be hosting its second No Boundaries Conference; a full-day event that will focus on all topics of finances and professional development. This year the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals will be joining as a host to provide attendees with industry working speakers. Tickets are free but students need to register first in order to attend.

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: 150 King St West
More information:
IGNITE

Raptors hold on to beat Atlanta

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 119-116 on Saturday.

Pascal Siakam led Toronto scorers with 34 points. Fred VanVleet had 24 points and nine assists while Norman Powell scored 20.

Chris Boucher had 13 points and eight boards. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson did a bit of everything as he had seven points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Sophomore Trae Young recorded a triple-double with 30 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Rookie De’Andre Hunter scored 26 points.

Jabari Parker scored 13, and former Raptor Vince Carter had eight.

Carter is 42 years-old going on 43, and he continues to show that he can compete at a high level.

VanVleet has taken on a leadership role in the absence of Kyle Lowry and gets his teammates involved on multiple plays.

The Raptors are back at home on Monday to take on the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.


Featured image from Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

Exclusive: Presto machines coming to Humber in early 2020

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After years of requests and a long running effort by multiple parties, reloadable Presto machines will be coming to Humber College’s North and Lakeshore Campuses “early in the New Year”, Metrolinx officials told The Avro Post over the weekend.

It is the first confirmation of a time period from Metrolinx, the crown corporation that runs both Presto and GO Transit.

Presto cards, which allow users to load funds online and with reload machines, are utilized by at least three local transit systems that stop at Humber’s North and Lakeshore campuses.

There has been some confusion over the timing of the machines coming to campus as Humber officials have given conflicting messages in recent weeks.

Humber Sustainability Specialist Devon Fernandes told the Et Cetera last week that the machines would reach campus by the end of November but told The Post days later that he could “not confirm that timeline” due to ongoing discussions.

Earlier this year, The Post reported that discussions had launched between Humber and Metrolinx over the machines.

There are upwards of 30,000 students at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber and thousands of them utilize multiple forms of city and intercity transit — most of which, if not all of them, accept the smart Presto cards.

Bringing a Presto machine to campus was on IGNITE Vice President Megan Roopnarine’s election platform as she ran to represent students at the University of Guelph-Humber. When the machines are added to campuses, it could be seen as a win for her advocacy.

IGNITE candidates have for years added advocating for Presto machines on campus to their platforms, but none of the representative that ended up elected have been successful thus far in their efforts.

‘1917’ receives glowing reviews

The Sam Mendes film 1917 has been earning high praise for its brutal realism and technical prowess.

The first screening of director Sam Mendes’ new war epic, 1917, took place over the weekend in New York where some lucky audiences got to see the film. Starring Dean-Charles Chapman, George Mackay, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott, the film follows two young British soldiers who are tasked with delivering a message deep into enemy territory to save the lives of over 1,000 soldiers.

The film was received as having some of cinematographer Roger Deakin’s best work and is being called the best war movie since Saving Private Ryan. You can check out some of the film’s early reviews below.

The early buzz for 1917 to compete at the Oscars will make it an interesting awards season. While we have not yet received the official nominations for any categories, films like Todd Phillips’ Joker, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Quentin Taratino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood are all up for consideration as Best Picture contenders.

1917 will release in theatres worldwide on Decemeber 25, 2019.

‘The Mandalorian’: Chapter 3 review

The Mandalorian bounty hunter returns with the target to collect his reward, but what does he value more – money or morals?

Spoilers for episodes 1 and 2.

Now that the existence of Baby Yoda has taken the world by storm, his well-being is of utmost importance, and what this episode does incredibly well is build tension around the survival of the infant. Having returned with the child to his employer, the Mandalorian delivers his for his reward but spends the episode contemplating his choices.

All of this builds toward a satisfying and exciting shootout sequence at the end of the episode with an almost portals-like sequence being lifted from Avengers: Endgame. It isn’t on the same scale, but incredibly entertaining nonetheless.

Our main character does get a nice new upgrade thanks to his reward and he almost resembles a bounty hunter that hasn’t existed for a couple of decades by this point (Jango Fett).

This episode has more action than the previous two and acts as a nice conclusion to the first part of this season, so there’s not a whole lot I can say without ruining some of the finer moments in the episode, as it’s better to see it for yourself.

IGNITE stays neutral for now on SCI ruling

IGNITE responded to the court ruling that found the Student Choice Initiative “unlawful” on Friday afternoon, declaring neutrality until there is a formal response from the provincial government.

The Ontario Divisional Court ruled on Thursday that the initiative, known as the SCI, was an overreach by Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservatives.

The SCI established some ancillary fees “non-essential” and allowed students to opt out of funding parts of student unions, campus publications and other organizations.

“IGNITE will not speculate on the ramifications of this announcement as we await a response from the provincial government,” President Monica Khosla said in a statement released by IGNITE.

Statement released by IGNITE Friday.

IGNITE offers free access to development conference

IGNITE is offering free access to a one-day professional development conference taking place on Nov. 29 featuring industry leaders and opportunities to network with others being put on by the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals.

The second annual No Boundaries Conference has the theme “Inclusive Innovation”. Speakers include TD Chief AI Officer Tomi Poutanen, RBC executive John Bai, and former MasterCard EVP Daniel Monehin.

Using the code “IGNITEFUTURESKILLS”, Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber students can receive access to breakfast, lunch, the conference itself and a CAUFP Holiday party via Eventbrite.

Breakout sessions will include: Modernizing the Canadian Payments Ecosystem, Leveraging Data Analytics in AML and Fraud, Innovation in Real Estate Finance, the Digital Customer Experience, Cybersecurity: Today and Beyond and Foreign Exchange as Alternative Investments.

‘Our democracy is valid’: Student allies mark legal win over province

Student leaders from a coalition that won a landmark legal challenge against the provincial government over optional student fees spoke from Queen’s Park on Friday morning, saying the ruling shows that “our democracy is valid”, while supported in person by the New Democrat education critic.

“Students often times get the opportunity to vote and have direct democracy and have their voices heard, and I think that’s the core issue that resonates with me,” Ontario representative for the Canadian Federation of Students, or CFS, Kayla Weiler told reporters from the press gallery at the provincial legislature.

“Our democracy is valid and it never was not valid. This court just reaffirms that our democracy and the work that student unions do is important to students in this province.”

The Ontario Divisional Court sided with the CFS and York University’s student union in their legal argument that the Student Choice Initiative, or SCI, which allowed for post-secondary students to opt out of certain “non-essential” ancillary fees, was “unlawful”. The news broke on Thursday night to celebration from student groups across the province impacted by the optional fees.

In a statement Friday afternoon, IGNITE said that they would “not speculate on the ramifications of this announcement” and instead wait on a response from the provincial government. It contrasts with the reaction by other student unions, campus publications and other groups impacted by the optional student fees who celebrated the win.

As for next steps, there will be a period of several weeks during which the ruling Progressive Conservatives could launch an appeal of the unanimous decision. Should the ruling remain without challenge and the SCI reversed, Opposition MPP Chris Glover, a New Democrat, said the Ford government should be responsible for retroactive payment of fees unpaid.

The New Democrats were not the only provincial party to give support to students leading up to and after the legal win.

Liberal leadership hopeful Steven Del Duca made his stance clear after the ruling Thursday night, lending his support to the students while calling on the premier to take court ruling at face value rather than appeal it and waste taxpayer dollars. Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said that the “hard work to stand up for student democracy” paid off.

The SCI was announced by the provincial government in January and came into effect this fall. Critics say the optional student fees threaten the status of student unions, campus publications and other organizations as they rely on the fee funding to operate year-to-year.

While student organizations staged walkouts and protests through the spring, summer and fall months, the Ontario government insisted that the SCI, along with a 10 per cent cut to domestic tuition, was an effort to “put students first”.

The Ford government also eliminated free tuition for the lowest income students, a policy started by the previous Liberal government, and changed the rules around the Ontario Student Assistance Program.


Stronger together

After what the Canadian Federation of Students considered a major victory in the court on Thursday, the question was raised as to whether students unions should join an organization such as the CFS, a group that has members across Canada.

“We’re stronger when we’re united together. We’re stronger when we can pool our resources together and provide services,” Ontario representative Kayla Weiler said in response. She encouraged interested student unions to reach out to build a bridge.

The CFS has over 30 member student unions in Ontario. This does not include IGNITE, who said previously that they are focusing on providing services on campus and not an external fight against the province. IGNITE also did not lend any support to the legal challenge won on Thursday.

However, Weiler said that “all student unions are valid and are really appreciated for the work that they do” but for those that are not currently part of the CFS, the Ontario executive encourages them to “have conversations with us about how we can continue to work together.”

“When we work together, then we win,” Weiler added.

‘Justice League’: The Snyder cut

After a hopeful campaign on Twitter to see Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, things may be looking up for DC fans.

It was painful for DC fans to see a version of Justice League that had been reshot and cut up as much as Zack Snyder’s original vision was. Originally attached as a cowriter and director, Snyder aimed to complete his trilogy beginning with Man of Steel (2013), building tension in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and ending with Justice League (2017).

What sadly transpired was not the ideal route for the franchise. It began with the poor reception of Dawn of Justice which made the studio believe Snyder was the problem, when the real problem was merely poor screenwriting. Snyder had WB watching him like a hawk and when test screenings went on for Justice League, WB felt that the previous film was repeating itself.

In a tragic turn of events, Snyder and his wife (Deborah Snyder, who also produces the films) lost their daughter to suicide, and the studio used it as an opportunity to let Snyder go. The President of the Warner Bros. Picture Group, Toby Emmerich, said “What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart — our hearts — go out to them.”

While Snyder certainly needed the break to be with his family, this happened in Mar. 2017 and the film was still on track for its Nov. 2017 release date – which means it was already done filming and deep in post production. After Snyder was off of the project, Avengers creative Joss Whedon was hired to complete the film, but not without a number of rewrites, reshoots and retooling altogether.

Whedon added a ton of signature shots (The Flash landing in Wonder Woman’s breasts after falling being the big one) and removed Snyder’s original colour scheme that was established in the previous two films. WB allowed the money to be spent in order to build what they thought would be a better film, but the result was the complete opposite.

Justice League opened to rather average numbers and below average reviews. Critics were fairly disappointed with it and fans did not like it. It was sloppy, poorly reshot and scrapped the themes of hope and idealism that Snyder had worked towards. Tom Holkenborg (or Junkie XL) had scored the film (after co-writing the score for Dawn of Justice with Hans Zimmer) and his music was scrapped entirely and replaced with Danny Elfman’s entirely forgettable music.

Fans were beyond annoyed that the legacy of these great characters had been buried. Cavill’s Superman ended up going into limbo after the film, with no news of a sequel. Ben Affleck left the role of Batman. Ray Fisher’s Cyborg had his solo film scrapped and Ezra Miller’s Flash film has been on WB’s back-burner for a lot longer than necessary now.

The only projects to move forward were Jason Momoa’s Aquaman (directed by James Wan) and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman (directed by Patty Jenkins), but that wasn’t enough for some fans. The real spark came when Snyder re-emerged on the social media platform Vero and begun to hint at the fact his edit of the film was not truly gone.

A movement began under the handle #ReleaseTheSnyderCut which begged WB to let Snyder release his original vision of the movie, but for the longest time, it seemed to fall on deaf ears. Both Shazam! and Joker have come and gone from WB and DC with no acknowledgement of the SnyderCut movement.

On Sunday, Nov. 17, a Twitter movement began in an attempt to garner attention from the studio and make it known that the support and demand was in fact there. It was hinted at by industry scoopers that the studio was listening now, and they were paying attention to what people were saying about the desired cut of the film.

Today, the official Twitter accounts for HBO Max, the new streaming platform owned by WB, has liked a number of tweets supporting the Snyder cut of the film, and the official twitter accounts for WB Pictures and WB have re-followed Snyder on social media. It’s common practice for studios and filmmakers to connect, officially, on social media when they collaborate on a larger production – like Justice League.

The involvement of HBO Max is what makes it particularly interesting because rumours have been swirling about the possibility of the Snyder cut being an exclusive to the streaming service, and that rumour now holds some credibility with the recent development.

While it’s no clear indication the Snyder cut is a go, the traction behind the movement and the fact that WB is becoming more aware of its potential could be a telling sign of whats to come.

Like Lex Luthor said, “The bell’s already been rung, and they’ve heard it.”

Student groups win legal battle over optional fees

The Ontario Divisional Court unanimously sided with allied student groups in a legal challenge against the province on Thursday, finding that the Student Choice Initiative introduced by Premier Doug Ford’s government was “unlawful”, according to the provincial body of the Canadian Federation of Students.

“The panel of judges ruled in our favour, stating that the provincial government acted without statutory authority when implementing the Student Choice Initiative,” a statement from the CFS said. Despite a 30-page ruling against the SCI, there is the possibility of an appeal from the province in the coming weeks.

The Student Choice Initiative, or SCI, was first announced by former minister of training, colleges and universities Merrilee Fullerton to backlash from student unions, campus publications and other organizations. The Canadian Federation of Students, allied with the York Federation of Students, filed a legal challenge against the SCI in May against the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

With the SCI, students were able to opt out of fees that were previously mandatory, starting with the fall semester. At Humber College this only impacted IGNITE, who had six “Enhanced Student Experience fees” that students could opt out of, worth altogether $55.95.

Independent student newspapers, radio and other media were also threatened by the SCI at most other Ontario post-secondary campuses. However, because Humber and Guelph-Humber do not have a student-funded independent media, there was no impact beyond the student union.

IGNITE told the Et Cetera earlier this week that 80 per cent of students opted in to the six fees.

The legal challenge for the Student Choice Initiative was heard in October, where lawyers for the CFS and YFS argued that the provincial government had no authority to implement a policy mandating that colleges and university make fees “non-essential”.

The legal battle was a judicial review. In such a process, the court is charged with considering a decision made by a body such as the provincial government and make a call on if the decision was appropriate.

Ford’s government insisted that optional student fees aligned with the ruling Progressive Conservatives as they were elected on transparency and affordability. The premier once referred to student unions as “crazy Marxist nonsense”.

The at-large executive for the Canadian Federation of Students said in a statement that they could not comment further on next steps at this time.

“So far, there are very few details to be shared, but we will keep you folks updated as we find out more,” the statement sent out by Chairperson Felipe J. Nagata said.

“In the meantime, we hope you share in this celebration of our collective victory for students across the province and the country.”

There will be a press conference held at Queen’s Park starting at 10 a.m. on Friday.

IGNITE did not participate in the lawsuit. In January, President Monica Khosla said she was “devastated” by the optional student fees. IGNITE had students mark their support for the student union on postcards that were then delivered to Queen’s Park.

Khosla said in September that the postcards were “just the start” and that “if something else comes up this year, we will be right in your corner again” as a voice for the students. IGNITE has been criticized by some students who said that the postcards were “not enough”, and that more could be done.

When asked if there would be further action against the province, which also carried out several cuts to student loans and grants, IGNITE officials told The Post in October that they wish to focus on campus issues.


Reaction from across Ontario

Reaction from opposition politicians and student groups was celebratory over the legal win but critical of the Progressive Conservatives.

Steven Del Duca, a former Liberal MPP vying for the leadership of his party, called the Thursday night ruling a “victory for students across Ontario”, adding that he remains dedicated to defeating Ford and his PC Party in the next election.

“Once again, Doug Ford’s agenda has been struck down by the courts – costing Ontarians hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills,” Del Duca said, referring to a series of heated court battles over PC legislation.

“Doug Ford was never interested in lowering tuition costs for students, he only wanted to punish student unions. His attempt to do that has now failed.”

Former Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Liberals lost their majority and nearly all their seats at Queen’s Park when the PC’s swept to victory and the New Democrats clinched the remaining left-leaning vote.

“The Ford [government]’s cut first, think later approach to government suffers another blow — this time in a legal challenge over the so-called student choice initiative,” Mike Schreiner, Ontario’s only Green member of provincial parliament and a vocal Ford critic, told The Avro Post in a statement.

“I want to thank students from across the province, especially University of Guelph students, who have reached out to my office for help in opposing the SCI,” Schreiner, who was elected in June 2018, added.

“Your hard work to stand up for student democracy and university autonomy paid off in court today.”

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