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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Recap: CFS semi-annual meeting

Student representatives from across Canada gathered in Ottawa from June 4-8 for the Canadian Federation of Student’s (CFS) semi-annual meeting to debate issues and discuss policies, services, and campaigns for students. The CFS is the largest student association in Canada and has been uniting more than 650,000 students in democratic decisions to better the lives of students since its establishment in 1981. Over the course of the four-day meeting, the CFS expanded its membership, held workshops, and unanimously voted in favour of three emergency motion. CFS welcomes new member The semi-annual meeting started with a greeting by the Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, a presentation by National Executive Team presented a report which updates delegates on the successes of […]

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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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