Updates For the Emerge Conference
EMERGE 2020 Postponed Indefinitely Due to Health and Safety Concerns
On March 13, the University of Guelph-Humber officially announced that it would be indefinitely postponing this year’s annual EMERGE media conference. In light of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in and around the GTA, Guelph-Humber has joined the growing list of post-secondary institutions which are temporarily shutting their doors.
Ontario health officials announced this Friday that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province had risen to 79, with the most recent cases being reported in Toronto. Several University and College campuses as well as numerous local school boards have decided to close their facilities and move courses online for the foreseeable future. In light of these growing concerns EMERGE 2020 will be following Guelph-Humber’s lead and will be cancelling their scheduled events on Mar. 25th and 26th.
“We are disappointed that this year’s media students won’t be able to hold their planned events,” said course instructor Heath Applebaum, “That being said, we recognize the threat that the Coronavirus presents and we want to do our part to contain and eliminate it.”
“We feel as though it was the right course of action,” said Kaela Johnson, one of EMERGE 2020’s event coordinators, when asked about her feelings on the cancellation, “It’s no one’s fault that we have found ourselves in this situation. That being said, the ethical thing to do is act in a way that benefits public health and safety, even at the expense of our events.”
EMERGE is a multi-award winning media conference held annually by the Media Studies students of Guelph-Humber University. EMERGE 2020 was to cover topics from women in the media to the issue of transparency online and how it affects our lives. This year’s topic was ‘The Tipping Point of Media’.
We will be updating you as more information comes in and please keep an eye out on our social media accounts @EmergeTO as we continue to update you on this unfolding situation.