Talks ongoing for a Humber Presto machine

A Humber College official involved in the process to bring Presto machines to campus told The Avro Post Wednesday evening that he could not confirm any timeline as “we are still in discussions” between the college and Metrolinx, talks that have been ongoing since at least March of this year.

Presto cards can be loaded with funds that are used to access multiple transit systems in southern Ontario, including GO Transit and the local buses, streetcars and subways that students use to get to their classes.

Despite having at least three major transit systems that use Presto come to both North and Lakeshore Campuses, the machines that allow users to instantly reload their cards and buy new ones have yet to make it to Humber College.

The same official, Sustainability Specialist Devon Fernandes, told the Humber Et Cetera earlier this week that the machines could reach campus before December. When pressed on the discrepancy between what he told The Post and what he told the Et Cetera, Fernandes said that he could not confirm the November timeline.

In September, Metrolinx official Scott Money told The Post that discussions were ongoing between Humber College and Metrolinx to bring the machines to campus. Money said at the time that the next step in the process was for Presto to provide Fernandes with device costs and specifications.

Humber College’s communications manager Emily Milic wrote in a September email that “Humber and IGNITE are working together to determine the feasibility of installing a Presto reloadable machine on campus.”

“Currently, students and staff can use the Presto app to reload their cards and they will continue to have this option available to them.”

It is unclear what say the student union will have on the decision to purchase a reload machine for campus or how exactly they are involved, but it has long been move supported by and called for by students.

The Avro Post first reported exclusively in March that Humber and Metrolinx, which owns Presto and GO Transit, were in talks to bring the vendors to Humber’s Toronto campuses.

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 the transit systems, if not all of them, accept the smart Presto cards.

In January, the Humber Et Cetera reported that it did not appear a Presto machine would be coming to campus anytime soon, leaving students to find a machine elsewhere or load their cards online, a process that can take hours to process.

At the time, IGNITE Vice President Megan Roopnarine had just won her election race. She told The Avro Post in March that the development was was “great news”, adding that it is “much-needed for the student body”.

When asked if she will reach out to the Humber College administration to find out what movement they have made towards bringing a Presto machine to campus, Roopnarine said “that’s the plan.”

Bringing a Presto machine to campus was part of Roopnarine’s election platform as she ran to represent students at the University of Guelph-Humber. If one is added to campus, it would be a win for her advocacy.

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

Eco Closet holds shopping event

The Eco Closet held a shopping event at Humber College on Wednesday hosted by second-year Fashion Arts and Business students that saw students take over the Student Centre at North Campus.

The students sold clothing, shoes, and accessories that fit the professional business attire for professional young adults to wear at job interviews, internships, and other activities that require a more professional wardrobe for their future careers.

The event promoted sustainability, social responsibility and connection to the environment, while benefiting your wallet because everything is priced between $2 to $8. 

Organizers said the event was for a great cause as the staff, faculty and students donate their gently used clothes, dresses, skirts, sweaters, tops and accessories with the money raised going to Youth Without Shelter, a charity close to North Campus.

The Eco closet event offered a variety of action with giveaways and raffles, hair and makeup, LinkedIn headshots, and guests including artists, influencers, and designers anticipated to join Humber College students. It is a chance to get styling tips and gain insight on sustainable fashion and how it’s benefitting our world and the fashion industry. 

“This event has reinforced what we have been learning in class, as well as encouraged teamwork and collaboration, and highlight the importance of sustainability – especially in the Fashion Industry.” says Carrisa Selbie, a fashion arts student who is a project manager for the Humber Eco Closet. 

The David Suzuki Foundation has donated to the Eco Closet as they work to conserve and protect the natural environment, and help create a sustainable Canada. This is a honorable moment for Humber College students as they align with an environmental activist.

“Since this is the second annual Eco Closet, we had some idea of what to do, however we were able to customize it to the way that we wanted the event to run,” Selbie said.

Selbie says they had 12 weeks to completely plan the Eco Closet in their event planning and budgeting class. She explained the process of being voted for the position of a Project Manager for the Eco Closet by being dividing into class of 60 students into six teams, and she was lucky to have been picked .

“It was definitely rewarding to execute this event and I believe I’ve chosen the right program for me.” 

“We collaborated with many of the programs and resources that were available to us at Humber. We also reached out to people outside of Humber to contribute as sponsors, influencers, and media.” 

It was an opportunity to find business attire on a budget and “reward your closet”.

Students said this was an essential event in our community and hopefully the students at Humber College continue to push for a greater change and keep helping the environment. 

Reporting by Anum Qasir.

Trudeau reveals new cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday announced a new cabinet for his minority government after the Liberals dropped from a majority in a federal election in October, sending the popular former foreign affairs minister to a portfolio, among other shuffles mixing new and veteran faces.

Chrystia Freeland, who as foreign affairs minister led Ottawa in trade deal negotiations and through complicated relations with China, has taken on intergovernmental affairs and given the more honorific role of deputy prime minister, Canada’s first in 15 years.

Officials explained she will be tasked with unifying the country from the western oil provinces where support has grown for separation and the French Quebec that on Oct. 21 elected a strong Bloc Quebecois caucus, a traditionally pro-separatist party that went more Liberal in 2015.

Pundits on national television said that Freeland will continue in the role of foreign affairs in some way by representing the Liberal government in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where the party failed to take a single seat and conservative provincial governments are in power.

Freeland has been hailed as a potential Trudeau successor and political analysts view her as a critical minister. Her new task comes as Canadian National Railway workers strike in western Canada, causing tensions between the industries and Ottawa.

The new deputy prime minister was replaced by Francois-Philippe Champagne who was previously the minister of infrastructure. Bill Blair takes over as minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, taking over from Ralph Goodale, who failed to keep his seat in October.

Also shuffled in the cabinet was high profile Member of Parliament Catherine McKenna, who moves from the environment profile to infrastructure. Taking her place is Jonathan Wilkonson, a supporter of pipeline expansion.

Jim Carr, a former trade minister, will serve as the prime minister’s special representative for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the central province of Manitoba. Officials said this was to ensure that the provinces had a “strong voice” in the federal government.

Anita Anand is a new member of cabinet and takes on the position of public services and procurement. Navdeep Bains will retain his innovation and science ministry with the addition of industry. Carolyn Bennett takes the position of Crown-Indigenous relations.

Bill Morneau kept the critical role of finance minister.

Indigenous Knowledge Gathering aims to connect the community

The 2019 Indigenous Knowledge Gathering starting on Thursday and taking place across both North and Lakeshore Campuses aims to create a welcoming space for Indigenous students, Elders and others that want to connect as a community, but anyone on campus is invited to attend to learn firsthand about Indigenous culture and history.

“The event is for anyone and everyone that is interested in learning more about Indigenous ways of being, thinking, doing and relating to one another,” Kevin Vose-Landivar, coordinator of the Aboriginal Resource Centre said in a written statement on Wednesday. He added that the word “everyone” includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

For those new to Canadian Indigenous culture, Vose-Landivar said that the symposium gives an opportunity “to learn firsthand from Indigenous people, laughing and growing in the moment” and will feature many hands-on workshops, three keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will allow for bridges to be built.

Students are encouraged to attend because “it allows them to learn firsthand from some amazing Indigenous speakers, some who have taken part in the Olympics, youth leaders, pioneers in the education system, and more”, the organizer said.

Humber College is located within the traditional and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, known in the Michi Saagiig language as the Adoobiigok, according to the Humber College land acknowledgement. The region is situated along the Humber River watershed, the source for the college’s name.

The gathering will kick off with a keynote speech from Waneek Horn-Miller on “Restoring Balance” in the Lakeshore Campus G Commons. Thursday will end with an Indigenous Comedy Showcase in the same space. Friday and Saturday will feature events taking place at North Campus, split between the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation and HIVE Labs.

For those that are unable to attend in person, the Humber College Aboriginal Resource Centre will livestream the event via the Slido app. Typing in IKG will allow a viewer access to the rooms and questions can be asked on the ARC’s Instagram Story.

Those interested in attending the Indigenous Knowledge Gathering events can register online.

IGNITE confirms what TAP was cut off for

IGNITE confirmed to another publication that the eventual plan is to close off Board of Directors meetings to students unless they are invited as guests, a development that The Avro Post reported on in October and was considered inaccurate reporting by the student union’s officials.

The Humber Et Cetera reported this week that Executive Director Ercole Perrone said “the intent is to move towards a more formalized non-profit organization style way to work”, meaning that meetings will be closed off from the general student body unless they gain access via permission from directors.

The Avro Post reported in October following a press briefing with IGNITE officials that Perrone said the plan for the student union was to move towards a more corporate future, saying that only directors have the right to attend the Board meetings, citing the Ontario Corporations Act.

Just days later on Oct. 15, IGNITE President Monica Khosla said the reporting on the Board being cut off was incorrect. However, the Et Cetera reported this week that only directors and “guests the [B]oard wants to hear from” will be allowed inside the meetings, confirming that, in general, meetings will no longer be open to any member.

It appears this change will be offered as a bylaw amendment at the January Special Meeting of the Members, however, it was not highlighted in the meeting minutes of September’s gathering when Board directors passed the proposals. A final approval from members, or students, will be needed on Jan. 16 to pass or deny all the amendments in a package.

The current bylaws state that IGNITE must post the times and locations of the Board meetings and that a student can attend as long as directors do not vote in a majority to ask the student to leave. IGNITE removed the times and dates of the meetings earlier this year after denying a student journalist entry to the September Board meeting, breaking their own bylaws.

The Board of Directors is a 10-member decision-making body elected by those enrolled at Humber College campuses and the University of Guelph-Humber. It is responsible for upwards of $8 million paid in student fees.

Among the changes to IGNITE’s governance is the end of executive elections. Officials say this move is meant to make the Board of Directors the face of IGNITE while the hired president and vice presidents will focus on leading operations as executive staff members.

Though it is rare, a few other student unions in Ontario also hire their executives. Khosla and Guelph-Humber Vice President Megan Roopnarine are on the record as being for the structural changes.

A third significant amendment that will be up for approval in January is a proposal to give the Board of Directors to pass amendments that will come into effect immediately. It can later be overturned at a large member meeting but it allows directors to have more unilateral power.

It is unclear if all the directors voted in favour of these changes or if it was a smaller-than-unanimous majority to pass the bylaw amendments.

There were some other items passed by the Board including, but not limited to, new classifications of IGNITE membership, document execution being under the control of the executive director and a vaguely worded amendment specifying that the “president term will be used for [B]oard chairperson”.

The new classifications come about because of the Student Choice Initiative and was expected. 

The top classification is “Full-Time Enhanced Members”, which appear to be those that opt-in to IGNITE fees, though there is no specification for those that only opt-in to some. 

“Full-Time Members” and “Part-Time Members” are those who pay only the mandatory ancillary fees. All three classifications are official members of IGNITE and so it is understood they will be able to still vote in elections and at special meetings.

It is unclear exactly what “executive documents being overseen by the executive director” means as an amendment but The Avro Post has reached out for comment from IGNITE for clarification.

Another hard-to-understand change is the “president term” being used for the Board chairperson. It is not clear via the meeting minutes whether that means the president’s term in regards to time or the terminology of “president” being applied to the chairperson.

Currently, the Board directors start and end their term at the same time as the executives so it would seem unusual for new amendments to specify that just the chair would have the same term timewise as the president.

It seems more likely that the chairperson position itself could be renamed to “president” to signify the Board’s importance from the student perspective, a goal that Executive Director Ercole Perrone and other officials have said they have committed to in the coming months.

These items will be flushed out in more detail at the Special Meeting of the Member and potentially press briefings that The Post will no longer have access to due to being cut off by IGNITE on Oct. 15 from briefings, interviews with elected student representatives and all other media requests.

There could be other items up for change come January but only the “highlights” of the amendments were noted in the Sept. 11 meeting minutes.

Raptors remain undefeated at home with victory against Hornets

The Toronto Raptors beat the Charlotte Hornets 132-96 on Monday.

OG Anunoby scored a career-high 24 points. Pascal Siakam had 20 points and eight rebounds. Norman Powell had 17 points and six assists and Fred VanVleet scored 11 and dished eight assists.

The Raptors bench provided a lot of support as they scored a combined 55 points. Terence Davis had 16 points and seven assists, Rondae Hollis-Jeffferson scored 15, and Chris Boucher recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.

Second-round draft pick Dewan Hernandez got his first NBA points, while Toronto native Oshae Brissett made his debut.

Marvin Williams led Hornets scorers with 14 points, Miles Bridges had 13. Former Raptor Bismack Biyombo also had 13 points.

Devonte’ Graham had 11, while former Boston Celtic Terry Rozier scored 10.

Anunoby made four three-pointers on the way to his career-high in points.

Toronto recorded a franchise-high 40 assists from 50 made field goals.

Their next game is against the Orlando Magic at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday.

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


Featured image from Sportsnet.

Humber College launches new sustainability plan

Humber College posted a blog post on Monday announcing its new five year Sustainability Plan, with launch events at its North and Lakeshore Campuses.

In the post the associate director of sustainability, Lindsay Walker, said that the 11-page plan was a result of the Humber community coming together to get it done.

“The idea [behind the plan] is to show that any action that we take, as individuals or as an institution, will create more change and action and inspire us to keep going forward,” Walker added in the Monday post.

The plan has three pillars: Culture and Community, Teaching, Learning and Applied Research, and Sustainability Operations. Walker explained that, unlike the previous plan, the “strategic pillars” are “all clearly interconnected.”

It was comprehensive feedback that brought together the plan and each department “has different action items”, Sustainability Communications and Events Coordinator Taylor Buchanan said.

“We worked with the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion task force, the BASE, the Aboriginal Resource CentreLGBTQ+ Resource Centre, Humber Arboretum and more, to make sure the central focus is culture and community,” she added in the post.

After remarks concluded for Lakeshore’s launch event, those in attendance were “invited to participate in a traditional Round Dance accompanied by Indigenous drumming and singing by the Young Creek Singers.”

Further details were posted on Humber Today.

IGNITE confirms 80% opt-in, critical meeting date

IGNITE confirmed that there was an 80 per cent opt-in for the Student Choice Initiative earlier this year to the Humber Et Cetera, confirming the number stated by Humber College President Chris Whitaker in September, and narrowed down the date of a critical public January meeting.

Officials at a press briefing with IGNITE on Oct. 4 were surprised when Post reporters asked if the student union would release official opt-in numbers, and said they would take it under advisement. Most Toronto student unions have released their numbers.

The Student Choice Initiative, or SCI, was mandated by the provincial government in January among a series of reforms that cut student grants and post-secondary education funding across Ontario under the Progressive Conservatives.

Another article found in the same edition of the weekly newspaper reported that the Special Meeting of the Members, pushed back to the new year so IGNITE has time to prepare significant bylaw changes, will be on Jan. 16, confirming the date for the first time.

“The intent is to move towards a more formalized non-profit organization style way to work, which is to say meetings with the Board of Directors and guests the board wants to hear from,” Executive Director Ercole Perrone said to the Et Cetera, confirming reporting by The Avro Post earlier this year that IGNITE officials said was incorrect before cutting the publication off.

A member of the Ontario Public Sector Employees Union at Humber told a Post reporter last week that she had reached out to the student union in the past thinking they would be natural allies, but IGNITE was not responsive.

IGNITE has come under backlash from students for some of the bylaw amendments that were passed by the Board of Directors in September including ending executive elections and giving more power to the Board for unilateral decisions.

Israeli settlements in West Bank no longer illegal, says U.S.

The United States on Monday shifted its longtime policy stance and stated that they no longer view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as inconsistent with international law, a move welcomed by the Israeli government but condemned by Palestinian leaders.

Settlements are communities established by Israel on land occupied during a war in 1967 over the Middle East and have for many years been part of the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.

“After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate … the United States has concluded that the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called the U.S. decision was a risk to “global stability, security, and peace” and said it threatened to replace international law with “the law of the jungle”, according to the BBC.

U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the whole city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017 and moved the United States Embassy to the city later on.

Jerusalem’s many holy sites are significant to the major religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity with the city being claimed by both the Jew-majority Israel and the Islam-majority Palestinian territories.

HumberGang holding 1st meetup

HumberGang, an organization that brings Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber together in chat groups, is holding its first planned meetup on Wednesday at North Campus.

The meetup will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Barrett Centre for Technology Building.

“I’m excited to meet new people in campus that I otherwise would’ve walked past in the hallways, not knowing what great people they are,” Satabdi Sahu, a first year Family and Community Social Services student said.

Sahu has been part of several of the group chats and even met some of the students found in them. For those interested to join in, they simply are required to reach out to the Instagram page.

HumberGang launched a month ago with the goal of bringing students together and building community so that the college experience on Humber campuses is a better one.

Ontario high school teachers vote for strike

Ontario high school teachers voted with a strong majority in favour of strike action on Monday as tensions build between the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the province.

Teachers and occasional teachers voted 95.5 per cent in favour of strike action, while education workers voted 92 per cent in favour, according to a release by the OSSTF, which is already in a legal strike position.

Outside of the OSSLT, elementary teachers are working to launch a “work-to-rule” campaign on Nov. 26 to target administrators and the ministry but avoid an impact on the classroom. Beyond that, negotiations are continuing between Ontario and French teachers.

Negotiations between the government of Ontario and the union started over the summer break as Premier Doug Ford and his ruling Progressive Conservatives made moves to increase class sizes while cutting raises for public sector workers for three years.

In response to the threat of a strike for school support workers in October, Humber College put out an email to students acknowledging that there could be an impact for those enrolled who have children.

There has not been such a statement yet from the college, however, the OSSTF would have to give five days notice before actually going on strike. If there is a notice, parents would have at least five days to prepare.

Top events on campus: Week of Nov. 18

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. 19

IGNITE Real Talks: Antoni Porowski and Dan Levy

*Please note this event is full for registration but IGNITE will be offering a rush line to fill any extra seats. The event will also be live-streamed by IGNITE.*

This Real Talks event will feature celebrity chef Antoni Porowski and Schitt’s Creek actor Dan Levy for a sit-down interview and Q&A from the audience.

Time: 12:30 p.m. (Doors open at 11:00 a.m.)
Location: North Campus Student Centre
More information:
IGNITE

Code connect

This event will highlight all the projects that the game programming student have been working all yeah. There will be VR features, game jams, capstone prototypes and more.

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North, Barrett Centre
More information:
Humber

Thursday, Nov. 21

Mode Art Poster Exhibit

The Humber Fashion Arts and Business students will be showcasing their poster exhibit that features digital design concepts. The exhibit will also feature opportunities to speak to the artists, and refreshments to guests.

Time: 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: North Campus, E concourse
More information:
Humber

4 dead, 6 injured in Fresno

UPDATED

Four men have dead and six others are injured after gunmen snuck into a backyard gathering of friends and family on Sunday night in Fresno, a city in central California, and opened fire.

About 35 people were at the home, and many were watching a football game when one or more people snuck in and opened fire, said Police Deputy Chief Michael Reid, local reports said.

Reid added that “no kids were hurt”. The victims were described by police as “Asian males between the ages of 25 and 35 years old. Three were dead at the scene and another died at in hospital.

Authorities have yet to release further details about the incident and so it is unknown at the time what weapon was used. Police were going door-to-door in search of surveillance video, reported the Fresno Bee.

Police Lt. Bill Dooley told NBC affiliate KSEE that no arrests had been made in the aftermath of the shooting.

University students in Hong Kong protest for democracy

While post-secondary students in Canada prepare for the start of another week of assignments, tests and lectures, hundreds of their counterparts refused to allow police in Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University on Monday, continuing a days-long protest against a government that they say is bending to the will of communist China.

Student leaders said on social media that pro-government police had carried out severals and reports describe the students pushing the police back from an outer barricade after setting the blockade on fire and throwing petrol bombs at the officers.

Police have surrounded the university campus, trapping the protestors inside after nearly two consecutive days of standoffs between activists and authorities.

A media liason officer was shot in the calf with an arrow from the protestors, heightening tensions to the point that police threatened to use live fire bullets if the “rioters” did not halt their use of lethal weapons. It marks only the latest incident amid unrest in the semi-autonomous Hong Kong, where massive protests have shook the city since July.

Demonstrators are angered by what they allege to be Communist China’s interference in Hong Kong, a former British colony that was returned to Beijing’s rule in 1997. The city has held mostly autonomous political status since the formal turnover, but observers say Beijing is seeking to bring it within its one-party political system.

The protesters at Polytechnic University had blocked Hong Kong’s Cross Harbour Tunnel linking Hong Kong island to the Kowloon peninsula for much of the past week, with authorities aiming to restore the link as defiant and trapped activists stand their ground, reported Reuters news agency.

The occupation by protestors and their activism has similarities to the occupation of the York University Senate chambers in the spring of 2018. Students took over the chamber for several days in support of several demands tied to a faculty strike taking place at the time, among other demands.

However, the stakes are much higher in Hong Kong where as many as 40 injuries have arisen due to the water cannons used by police and three others suffering injuries to their eyes, as reported by The New York Times.

Fans campaign for ‘Justice League’ once more

Two years after its theatrical release, fans are coming together once more to push Warner Bros. to release Zack Snyder’s vision of Justice League.

When Justice League came to theatres in Nov. 2017, it received a less than ideal reviews from both critics and fans. Prior to the film’s release, director Zack Snyder was let go from the project and the studio used the death of Snyder’s daughter as the reason. Other sources pointed to the fact that WB was disappointed in the performance or the previous films, Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

As a result, much of Snyder’s original vision was scrapped entirely. A score shared between Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL was scrapped and Snyder was replaced with Marvel alumni director Joss Whedon. What we ended up getting was a mess of a film that was heavily reshot.

Not to mention there was the whole debacle with Henry Cavill’s facial hair. After Cavill completed filming his original scenes for Justice League, he was contracted to grow a moustache for his upcoming role in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. When Whedon brought him back to reshoot League, they decided to cover the facial hair with CGI and it looked terrible.

Now, two years after the film has been out, fans of Zack Snyder, DC and general audience members have rallied together with the twitter handle #ReleaseTheSnyderCut and are targeting Warner Bros. and AT&T Media in order to push them to allow Snyder to complete his original vision of the project. Snyder has revealed in past interviews and on his Vero account that his edit for the movie was, in fact, completed and exists somewhere.

The campaign on Twitter, which officially started at 2pm eastern, has gained almost 9,000 tweets in Canada and is trending worldwide, gaining the attention of comic book elites like Rob Liefeld (creator of Deadpool)

Industry insiders and scoopers have been posting on their respective social media pages all of last week hinting at the fact that Warner Bros. was indeed paying attention to the campaign and would be taking note of today’s turnout and would make a decision based on that. How truthful that is will remain to be seen in the coming weeks.

It seems the most likely scenario for this campaign, should it be seen and heard by Warner Bros., is to send the original cut of Justice League to HBO Max which is owned by Warner Media.

‘The Mandalorian’: Chapter 2 review

After fighting his way through a compound of enemies, the Mandalorian has made a surprising discovery.

Spoilers

With the bounty droid IG-11 dead and our main character having discovered an infant alien that heavily resembles Yoda, the hunter runs into a bit of trouble when a batch of Jawas have dismantled his ship and made off with the parts.

This episode for me didn’t have the same gravitas as the first episode and felt very much like a filler episode to showcase Baby Yoda’s powers. Yes, internet and viewers of the show have dubbed the small, green infant Baby Yoda, but the nickname seems to stick a lot more now that this baby can use the Force!

In saying that, however, don’t mistake this as a terrible episode overall as so far, the series is managing to maintain its high level of quality. The episode begins to focus on the fact that this bounty hunter will look out for Baby Yoda at any cost which is of course a trope that is all too familiar to a western-styled movie or series.

In a showdown with a large horned beast, the Mandalorian seems done for as the creature charges, however Baby Yoda manages to suspend it in the air using the Force. This brings about a whole new slew of theories as to who or what this infant is. Is it Yoda reborn? An offspring? Does Yoda’s species (who, by the way, are not named canonically) all possess Force abilities?

As the Mandalorian is able to repair his ship and leave the desert planet, he takes Baby Yoda with him. What purpose does Baby Yoda serve? Is he in fact Yoda or is he just of the same species? Lots of questions that will hopefully be answered in the coming episodes.

Humber Galleries calling for artwork

Humber Galleries is encouraging students and alumni to consider submitting artwork for their “Campus as a Canvas” initiative.

The facilitator has plans to repurpose “the function of our six display cases located around the Lakeshore and North Campuses as well as identifying pop-up spaces for the purpose of promoting work created by Humber students from all programs.”

Humber Galleries is driven to encourage collaboration between Humber programs and the Humber community as they enter the second semester of this initiative, according to a description

“The galleries are a place for everyone to learn and experiment through art from our many different perspectives. Art is polytechnic learning: both a way to gain practical skills for many intersecting trades, and a way to think through difficult ideas and possible futures,” says Kyla Ross, Humber Galleries Coordinator.

Humber Galleries is exploring ways to change their exhibition spaces by extending their scope of locations to include all Humber campuses. They hope to make the campuses appear more as canvases available for content by Humber students, faculty, staff, as well as alumni.

The locations they plan to use includes; L Space Gallery at the Humber Lakeshore campus, display cases across both Humber Lakeshore and Humber North campuses, and the large wall in the atrium of the Learning Resource Commons at Humber North campus.

Pop-up locations will also be appearing throughout both campuses as the semester continues.

Current Humber students and Humber alumni are encouraged to submit artwork that they have created at Humber College and if the artwork is selected, it will be put on display in one of the six display cases on campus.

For individuals interested, the application form found on Humber Galleries’ website is due by Nov. 24.

Humber Galleries will be hosting Student Info Sessions on Nov. 22 at Humber College North Campus in K107 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Review: ‘Charlie’s Angels’

Yet another reboot has arrived, only this one comes to us from the 1976 series and early 2000 movies known as “Charlie’s Angels”, and it’s not as terrible as you would expect it to be.

Charlie’s angels trailer

7/10

The era of spy thrillers may be long past, but a good spy movie is almost always welcomed. The Mission: Impossible franchise has maintained its force and actually gotten stronger as each movie has progressed, but long before Ethan Hunt and Jason Bourne were household names, one man owned a team of spies, or angels, to carry out the impossible tasks.

This time, the angels consist of Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska with Elizabeth Banks as Bosley, and the chemistry between these three girls is so fun.

They bounce off of one another’s quirkiness, intelligence and insanity so well. Kristen Stewart may have a bad wrap from the Twilight films, but she is not as terrible as you might expect. Banks plays the team’s boss, Bosley, and also directs the film.

Banks had previously directed Pitch Perfect 2, and in my opinion, it was a solid movie that did well to honour the first film while moving the story forward. Here, Banks is able to better hone her craft as a filmmaker and her talents are certainly on the rise.

What the film does fall short is in suspense, alongside minor writing qualms. While it’s fine to honour the cheesiness of the 70s spy movie, it’s always a good idea to try and move past it and improve on it. Some moments in the film offer dialog that the cast cannot salvage and it is somewhat jarring.

The twists in the film were decent, if not predictable, but the execution of said twists is smooth enough that I found myself looking past how cliched and overused it was. In all fairness to Banks and writers David Auburn and Evan Spiliotopolous, there’s very little room for innovation in genres that have existed for as long as the spy movies have.

What the film also does well is not overly sexualize the main girls. Is flirtation a tool they harness to kick butt? Absolutely. Is it a point of focus for the audience? Absolutely not. It was refreshing to see for the series and helps push female characters forward more.

Now while the review may sound overly positive, make no mistake that the film is not a masterpiece. It is worth the price of general admission and is a lot of fun, but, it fails to reach the heights of other spy franchises.

I am not, however, opposed to a sequel or even two more films to make a trilogy, provided the script is good enough and not as a cash grab.

In the end, a movie with three great leading ladies and a director who is far from green makes for an entertaining time at the movies if you’re not looking for anything too deep.

Undermanned Raptors win in Portland

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 114-106 on Wednesday.

Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet combined for 66 points. Siakam scored 36 points and had six rebounds, VanVleet had 30 points and seven assists.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson recorded a double-double as he had 16 points and 11 boards. Terence Davis had 15 points and six rebounds.

Marc Gasol had nine points, five assists and five rebounds.

The backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were held to a combined 28 points. McCollum had 19 while Lillard had 9 points and 10 assists.

Rodney Hood scored 25 and Anfernee Simons had 17. Hassan Whiteside had 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Raptors signed the undrafted Davis on July 11, and has been an underrated addition to the team. He made three three-pointers on Wednesday.

Hollis-Jefferson was signed to help improve the team’s defence since Kawhi Leonard has left, and has shown that he is capable of getting stops and scoring points.

The Raptors conclude their road trip on Satuday when they take on the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.


Featured image from Abbie Parr/Getty Images.

Humber Galleries calling for artwork

Humber Galleries is encouraging students and alumni to consider submitting artwork for their “Campus as a Canvas” initiative.

The facilitator has plans to repurpose “the function of our six display cases located around the Lakeshore and North Campuses as well as identifying pop-up spaces for the purpose of promoting work created by Humber students from all programs.”

Graphic for the submissions.

Humber Galleries is driven to encourage collaboration between Humber programs and the Humber community as they enter the second semester of this initiative, according to a description.

“The galleries are a place for everyone to learn and experiment through art from our many different perspectives. Art is polytechnic learning: both a way to gain practical skills for many intersecting trades, and a way to think through difficult ideas and possible futures,” says Kyla Ross, Humber Galleries Coordinator.

Humber Galleries is exploring ways to change their exhibition spaces by extending their scope of locations to include all Humber campuses. They hope to make the campuses appear more as canvases available for content by Humber students, faculty, staff, as well as alumni.

The locations they plan to use includes; L Space Gallery at the Humber Lakeshore campus, display cases across both Humber Lakeshore and Humber North campuses, and the large wall in the atrium of the Learning Resource Commons at Humber North campus.

Pop-up locations will also be appearing throughout both campuses as the semester continues.

Current Humber students and Humber alumni are encouraged to submit artwork that they have created at Humber College and if the artwork is selected, it will be put on display in one of the six display cases on campus.

For individuals interested, the application form found on Humber Galleries’ website is due by Nov. 24.

Humber Galleries will be hosting Student Info Sessions on Nov. 22 at Humber College North Campus in K107 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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