Recap: Canadian Federation of Students held its AGM

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) discussed support for marginalized students and the audit of a once-hidden bank account at their annual general meeting (AGM) from Nov. 17-20, in Gatineau, Que. Established in 1981 at Carleton, the CFS is the largest national student association in Canada, according to their website. Representing more than 650,000 students across Canada, the federation lobbies provincial and federal governments to support student issues, in addition to providing advocacy campaign material to student unions. The CFS holds two national general meetings each year, where student union members from across the country gather to discuss policies, amend bylaws, and vote on motions. Motions are proposed during the opening plenary on the first meeting day, discussed in sub-committee […]

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CUSA council talks Mawandoseg, CFS at meeting

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) held their monthly council meeting on Nov. 15, in which CUSA president Zameer Masjedee addressed concerns surrounding CUSA’s plan to move the Mawandoseg Centre’s co-ordinator into the Ojigkwanong Centre. Masjedee said the move was a result of CUSA’s former campaign promise to restructure student services in order to optimize space, as well as students’ money. But, he stressed that the change was not a funding cut. He explained that the restructuring came about because the previous Mawandoseg co-ordinator  regularly working out of Ojigkwanong. “The co-ordinator had requested . . . that they would prefer to work half their hours out in the Ojigkwanong Centre,” Masjedee said. However, Masjedee said CUSA made a mistake in […]

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Letter: Being part of the CFS is crucial to fighting tuition increases

Since being elected into office last May, the current Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives have begun working towards defederating from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). According to the executives of One Carleton, CUSA’s current incumbent slate, CUSA can provide better services and better combat rising tuition fees with the money that would otherwise go to the allegedly inefficient and morally corrupt CFS. The logic put forth by the current executives would be compelling if it was not for how vital the CFS has been in lobbying with university administrations to lower tuition fees in Ontario and elsewhere. The CFS is the only student movement that has been successful in helping reduce the debt burden that so many students […]

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Canadian universities see 3.1 per cent hike in tuition fees

The average tuition for full-time undergraduate programs in Canada rose by 3.1 per cent this academic year to $6,571, according to Statistics Canada. Undergraduate student fees in Ontario are higher on average than in any other province, at $8,454—that’s 3.7 per cent (or $300) more than in the previous academic year. Across Canada, the average increase in undergraduate tuition ranged from 0.1 per cent in Alberta to 5.5 per cent in Nova Scotia. Increases in tuition fees are generally regulated by provincial policies. Provinces receive the Canada Social Transfer from the federal government to support social programs, including post-secondary education. The allocation of this funding is based on the provincial government’s priorities, said Nour Alideeb, Ontario chairperson of the Canadian Federation […]

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Clubs’ funding tied to sexual violence prevention

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council unanimously passed a motion proposed by Our Turn, a sexual violence task force spearheaded by the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and CUSA, to link sexual violence prevention to clubs and societies’ summer funding during a June 19 meeting. Kelsey Gilchrist, vice-chair of the sexual violence framework committee, tabled the motion to make clubs and societies’ summer funding dependent on members attending a sexual violence prevention training session. “The general gist of this is that we want to implement training to help students be able to prevent sexual violence on campus and support survivors of sexual violence on campus,” Gilchrist said. “We’re hoping to get as many members of clubs and societies as possible […]

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