Editorial: RRRA scandal undermines leadership integrity

While Fresh RRRA has made the decision to stop pursuing legal action against the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA), a legacy of distrust and suspicion spawned from the 2017 election continues to hang over the residence association. Fresh RRRA was disqualified from the Feb. 15 election after incurring three violations. Fresh RRRA came in first place in the election despite being disqualified, and second-place slate The Next Step, led by incumbent RRRA president Hyder Naqvi, was named the winner. If Fresh RRRA had continued to pursue legal action, one could assume that the focus and energy of the current RRRA executive members would be considerably sidetracked from providing services to students. Even without litigation looming, the scandal incurred from the […]

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Former U of Windsor president takes student association to court

The past two years have seen two Ontario university students take their student associations to court, one being the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), and more recently, the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA).    UWSA president Larissa Howlett was removed from her position in May, after allegedly breaching the student alliance’s bylaws and policies by firing its general manager, Nicole Morell, and hiring an interim manager. According to a public statement by the UWSA, Howlett did not have the proper authority to fire Morell. The UWSA’s Board of Directors unanimously passed a motion to remove Howlett after an eight-hour meeting, citing a lack of transparency on her part and committing multiple violations of their bylaws and policies.  Howlett disputed […]

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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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UPDATED: CUSA, GSA settle UniCentre fee lawsuit

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) have reached an agreement settling the ongoing lawsuit over unpaid University Centre fees. Statements released Sept. 10 by the GSA and CUSA said both parties are satisfied with the new agreement going forward. This settlement resolves a three-year dispute between the two associations regarding the payment of the Unicentre fee by the GSA to CUSA. The GSA previously paid a substantial levy to CUSA for graduate student use of CUSA-run service centres. The GSA began withholding the Unicentre fee under claims of financial mismanagement and refusal of service to graduate students, which prompted CUSA to sue the GSA in January 2013 over the unpaid fees.   The new […]

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Editorial: One lawsuit down, but there’s another to go

The Carleton University Students Association (CUSA) and the Graduate Students Association (GSA) recently settled a three-year lawsuit over the Unicentre fees usually paid by the GSA to CUSA. The fees were withheld by the GSA over disagreements between the two associations about service standards and financial transparency. While settling this lawsuit is a great first step for this year’s executives, we need to remember there is another ongoing lawsuit between these two campus groups over the student health plan. The GSA launched legal action against CUSA in 2012, when CUSA terminated their joint health plan agreement and signed with a new provider. Student associations frequently pledge to put students first, but spending time in mediation and money on legal fees […]

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