A student from University of St. Michael’s College was taken hostage and survived the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Dhaka on 1st July 2016. He was detained for three months following the incident. Tahmid’s close friend set-up a Facebook page to raise awareness for his situation.
On September 11, 2016, the Council of St. Michael’s College Student Union endorsed the campaign You Decide.
On November 28, 2002, the University of Toronto Students’ Administrative Council’s (SAC) Board of Directors ratified the results of a referendum in favour of SAC’s membership in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). Fourteen years later, SAC, operating as the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU), is CFS Local 98. For the most part, there’s not a single person who voted in that referendum who’s still a student at UofT. Since that time, students have been discussing and reviewing their membership with the CFS but they haven’t had the opportunity to formally vote on it. It’s time to give students that opportunity. Why does this matter to members of St. Michael’s College Student Union? Because as full-time undergraduate students, you pay fees to the University of Toronto Students’ Union as well.
You Decide is an initiative to hold two referendums on continued membership of the UTSU Local 98 in the Canadian Federation of Students and the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. A lot has changed in almost 14 years of membership. With CPI adjustments, our CFS fee is higher than ever. Recent bylaw changes mean that membership is not determined on an individual basis. None of this is to say that we want you to vote to leave the CFS, but we do think you should have that choice to begin with.
It would be disingenuous to suggest that ensuring the success of these petitions is an easy task. In order to be successful, the petitions need the signatures of 20% of our student body, that’s 7,500 students. We can’t assume that all signatures we receive will be legible and deemed valid.
As such, our actual goal is to obtain 9,000 signatures, or approximately 25% of the membership. While this will be difficult, we do think this is achievable; but we can’t do it alone. Check out our latest blog posts, find out more about the places and times where you can come to sign, and how to volunteer, below. Thank you for taking the time to check out our website. Please consider signing up for our mailing list and reading our FAQ. We’re incredibly excited to give you the opportunity to decide on where you stand with our continued membership with the CFS. There is a choice, and it’s yours. You may sign the petition anytime during our Office Hours.