Letter: The CFS undermines student democracy

Not only is the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) painfully ineffective, politically divisive, and self-motivated—they may also be subverting the democratic will of students across the country. A recent article from the University of Toronto’s student newspaper The Varsity outlined allegations of CFS interference in student union elections. Former CFS national chairperson, Bilan Arte, is accused of allegedly using CFS resources improperly to support a failed bid for president of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union. She denies the allegations. There are other allegations from various student unions that pro-CFS student union slates at the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, and Selkirk College received direct CFS assistance in their student campaigns. These are only the reported cases. There could be […]

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OPINION: Depoliticizing CUSA executive compensation is the way to go

Are Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives compensated fairly? This is the question that has overshadowed every CUSA election campaign in recent memory. Year over year, rumours fly and tempers flare over student representative compensation. It is not difficult to realize why this is such a recurring issue when past executives have voted to give themselves raises as high as approximately six per cent. With students footing the bill, they have every right to be frustrated and concerned by these actions. CUSA’s Executive Compensation Committee hopes changes made this year will mitigate students’ concerns, as well as ensure CUSA executives are fairly compensated for their work. The committee decided that the only effective way to achieve fairness was to depoliticize […]

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