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CFS organizing rally on Parliament Hill

Student groups will present petition with 85,000 signatures to lower tuition and increase funding


 

Tuition is too high and students are crippled by debt. That is the message that the Canadian Federation of Students is taking to Ottawa on Thursday. The group will be presenting a petition, with 85,000 signatures, calling on more investment in higher education, as part of their Education is a Right campaign. The group wants the federal government to enact legislation to reduce tuition fees, increase education funding, and broaden grants to widen access to universities and colleges. The CFS says several hundreds students will descend on Parliament hill, and NDP leader Jack Layton, and Liberal MP Justin Trudeau are expected to join the rally.


 
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CFS organizing rally on Parliament Hill

  1. That’s awesome! Petitions are great! I love petitions!

    Will the CFS also be accepting the petitions signed by over 30,000 students who want their schools to pull out of the CFS?

  2. You’re so right, Rob. The CFS has a disgraceful record when it comes to referendums on continued membership. One must only look at the current situation at the University of Regina to see one of many examples of how little credibility this “organization” has. The polls at the University of Regina closed on Thursday, October 28th 2010. This Thursday, November 25th 2010 will represent the one month mark since the polls closed at the U of R. The incredible (but not surprising) part of this story is that, after almost a month, NO RESULTS HAVE BEEN RELEASED!

    Furthermore, the CFS AGM that starts today (November 24th 2010) in Gatineau, QC is very exclusive. Only 2 journalists (1 English, 1 French) have been accredited to cover this large assembly (with the addition of a photographer). Here’s another huge problem: As a de facto member of Local 41 (Student Federation of the University of Ottawa) who pays 14,70$ a year, I am unable to attend any of the CFS AGM proceedings. Why is it that the CFS denies individual members who show interest in the way the organisation is governed and would like to attend their AGMs? I’ve sent emails to the CFS that have, for the most part, gone unanswered. Where’s the accountability to the students who they’re apparently representing (and who ultimately pay for the National/Provincial executive members’ undisclosed salaries)? I’d love to get access to the CFS’s budget to see how/where my money is being spent. You would think that an organisation with such a hefty operating budget would want to be as transparent as possible and allow its members to hold it to account, right? HAHAHA! Think again! You’ll look in vain for such a document on the CFS’s website. Shameful!

  3. ” … Why is it that the CFS denies individual members who show interest in the way the organisation is governed and would like to attend their AGMs? … ”

    The reason one is denied an opportunity to attend ( and heaven forbid , SPEAK ) at one of these ” oh we are so great … ” meetings is that they are afraid to hear from REAL students on how the CFS is ignoring them , how student unions who are CFS friendly ignore them , and lastly , they fear accoutability.

    ” … I’ve sent emails to the CFS that have, for the most part, gone unanswered … ”

    I too have done this in order to get answers as to the harassment that my own student union has been and continues to enact upon me , but then , the CFS participated in such acts anyway so somehow, why am I surprised at not getting a reply?

    ” … I’d love to get access to the CFS’s budget to see how/where my money is being spent. … ”

    Good luck with that. You and a million other students who money seemingly pays huge salaries but little else that is to the benefit of STUDENTS.

    ” … You would think that an …. … ” CFS and thinking is an oxymoron, they cancel each other out.

  4. ” … I’ve sent emails to the CFS that have, for the most part, gone unanswered … ”

    If you used big words of three or more letters, they most likely did not have the intellectual capacity to understand what you wrote. Next time , try sending it as a protest chant.

    ” … Why is it that the CFS denies individual members who show interest in the way the organisation is governed and would like to attend their AGMs? … ”

    If you have the ability to spell your name, you possess a level of intellectual prowess that far surpasses the CFS’s collective cranial capacity. Therefore, anyone with that ability has the potential to expose them and we can’t have that happening now , can we ?

    ” … accountability to the students who they’re apparently representing … ”

    Once again, i refer to you to the CFS’s total lack of intellectual proess. We know that ANY other corporation would be required to show its shareholders everything…EVERYTHING. However, the CFS brain trust missed the first three lectures on ethics, subsequently dropping the course. Ethics had more than three letters in it any so already, they were lost .

  5. Only 85,000 signatures eh? For an organization that reportedly represents over 600,000 students nationwide, and have changed all of their rules so that petitions within their organization require at least 20% of the population to sign, I find it ironic that they can’t even meet numbers that are set out in their own rules.

    Sorry CFS, you have failed yet again.

    Politicians should try to hold these people to the standards that they imprison their own members with.