Court is in session this Friday for a judicial review of the Student's Choice Initiative (SCI), which the PC government launched in January this year. The SCI gives students the choice to opt-out of fees that fund student services in universities. Ontario university student groups have demanded a court review of this strategy, saying it puts services such as clubs, newspapers, food banks and support programs in jeopardy.
The PC government has said students should have a choice as to which campus services they support, according to 680 News.
Some fees remain mandatory for walk-safe programs, health and counselling, athletics and recreation and academic support, according to Global News. These fees are considered essential, while newspapers, clubs, and food banks are considered non-essential.
Court was in session at 9 a.m. on October 11. Student groups such as the York Federation of Students (YFS), The Canadian Federation of Students In Ontario (CFSON), and others are all in attendance to hear what the judge has to say about the review.
It’s a beautiful Friday and the YFS is sitting in provincial court! We are attending our court hearing along with… https://t.co/3hqeydjZ7b— YFS (@YFS)1570802774.0
Today I'll be joining the @CFSON @CFSFCEE and @YFSlocal68 for our court hearing against the provincial government.… https://t.co/Rs42YOH2m1— Sami (@Sami)1570795770.0
The Student Choice Initiative has had tremendous negative impacts on CUPE members, students and workers across the… https://t.co/NLrc4jKFFc— CUPE 1281 (@CUPE 1281)1570646355.0
The York Federation of Students along with the Canadian Federation of Students in Ontario filed the lawsuit back in May, according to UofT student newspaper The Varsity.
Observing the Student Choice Initiative trial today (on my own behalf). Looking forward to hearing the arguments fr… https://t.co/DGxeSgNXnV— Rachael Glassman (@Rachael Glassman)1570801666.0
"The government, particularly, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities doesn’t have the authority to impose a policy upon the memorandum of understanding between the student unions and the college and university administrations," the National Executive Representative for the CFS–O, Kayla Weiler, said to The Varsity.
The Student "Choice" Initiative has changed campus life as we know it. Join students & community members gathering… https://t.co/cT4MdsnTM5— CFS-Ontario (@CFS-Ontario)1570737047.0
Ill be attending the court hearing tomorrow because I support our students’ unions and student organizations. We ar… https://t.co/OoUCSNRGd1— Kayla Weiler-Fox (@Kayla Weiler-Fox)1570754868.0
"the total number of students who opted out of at least one program was 8,759 - between both undergrads and grad st… https://t.co/iScMToS9qk— Matthew Murray 🦇 (@Matthew Murray 🦇)1570415070.0