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 holds first council meeting of school year

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) held their first council meeting of the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 27. The meeting began with executive members updating council on what initiatives they’re working on and what’s planned for the coming months. Currently in the works is a continued effort to defederate from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). According to CUSA president Zameer Masjedee, CUSA plans to begin tabling for signatures in October, although the petition is already accessible at the CUSA office. They also plan to host a town hall next month and have an open discussion with students about the process. “Imagine it kind of like a debate, but more so an opportunity to come and ask us anything […]

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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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