Student leaders across Nova Scotia expressed concern on Thursday over the recent decision in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) lawsuit against the Cape Breton University Students’ Union (CBUSU). In that decision, an Ontario Superior Court justice ordered CBUSU to pay $293,000 in damages to the CFS, in addition to their court costs. CBUSU was prompted to leave the CFS after a 2008 campus-wide disaffiliation vote where 92% percent supported leaving.
“This decision severely weakens the student movement in Nova Scotia and threatens the autonomy of our associations”, said StudentsNS Chair Fallis Thompson. “It frustrates the very idea of campus democracy and threatens the viability of an organization created to defend student interests in Cape Breton.”