Mixed reaction from Carleton organizations at CFS meeting

Following the Canadian Federation of Students’ (CFS) semi-annual meeting in Ottawa from June 4 to 8, The Charlatan spoke to both Zameer Masjedee, president of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), and Eric Hitsman, president of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), to hear their thoughts on the meeting. Masjedee, who ran on a platform of defederating from the CFS, said disappointment from member locals in the CFS is on the rise, and attempts to make the federation better have been met with resistance. He added that allegations of mismanagement of student funds levelled against the CFS are a big factor in why CUSA is looking to leave the organization. But, Hitsman said in an email that it’s well worth staying in the CFS. “The […]

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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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What it takes to defederate from the CFS

The incoming Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executive has promised students they will pursue a defederation campaign from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in the upcoming school year. The CFS is a national organization made up of undergraduate and graduate student associations from across the country who pay membership fees. CUSA was one of the founding members of the CFS in 1981. The Charlatan spoke to members of CUSA and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) to find out more about defederation, and where CUSA currently stands in the process. What steps are needed to defederate? Student associations who are part of the CFS belong to both the national organization as well as their respective provincial organization. In order to […]

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CUSA council discusses defederation

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) held their second-last council meeting on March 29, and discussed a motion related to a possible defederation campaign from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The motion would see the vice-president (finance) outline the amount owed by CUSA to the CFS, and to project the cost of defederation. CUSA president-elect Zameer Masjedee, who is also the current vice-president (student life), said during this year’s CUSA elections that one of his campaign promises was to run a campaign to defederate from the CFS. Alhattab raised concerns over projecting numbers. “[The CFS] never gives you a number and they never say ‘this is what you owe,’ ” he said. “This makes for a very difficult way […]

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Letter: CFS debate must be based on facts

As one of two Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) member locals at Carleton University, we feel it important to respond to The Charlatan’s article: “U of T students’ union, CUSA support leaving CFS” to address a number of factual errors. If a debate on membership is going to be had on campus, let it be a real debate that is not obscured by the Carleton University Students Association (CUSA)’s “alternative facts.” The Graduate Students’ Association is Local 78 and a proud member of the CFS. We believe the Federation is the only national student movement dedicated to maintaining a public, affordable system of high-quality post-secondary education. It is also an important voice for students, and serves as a national progressive […]

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