Volume 92, Issue 28

Friday, October 23, 1998



Lawsuit support may grow

By Mark Brown
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council may soon have a new ally in their multimillion dollar lawsuit against the Canadian Federation of Students-Services.

The USC is currently suing CFS-S, a branch of the Canadian Federation of Students, for $100 million for the wrongful conversion of assets from the Canadian Universities Travel Service Limited, better known as Travel Cuts.

The USC claims a transfer of assets from the Association of Student Councils-Canada (AOSC), of which Western is a member, to CFS-S was never fully completed.

Representatives from the University of Alberta's Students' Union were at Western yesterday to discuss a number issues important to both student groups, including the Canadian Campus Business Consortium and to plan for an upcoming Canadian Alliance of Students' Association meeting, USC president Ian Armour explained.

The Alberta Students' Union has a lot in common with the USC as the two largest student unions in Canada, he said. "It's always a good idea to get together."

Although there are a number of universities who could potentially join the lawsuit against CFS-S, Western is still the only school involved in the suit.

The University of Toronto, York, Ryerson, Carleton and Dalhousie universities are the other student councils which were incorporated in AOSC and could potentially be involved in the lawsuit.

While Sheamus Murphy, president of the Alberta's Students' Union, would not comment on whether the Alberta Students' Union would join the lawsuit, he did say both he and Armour were discussing different strategies about the case.

"We are trying to get our case together so other schools can join it," Murphy said. "We wouldn't be here if we didn't think we had a case."

According to Armour, not much has progressed in the lawsuit. "It's very preliminary right now." So far the USC is still in the process of document recovery and supplying the courts with what evidence it has, Armour added.

Yesterday the two student groups were reviewing the information they have, to come up with some sort of presentation for other schools and to discuss what their next steps are, Armour explained.

"We are just strategizing for ourselves," he said.

Joey Hansen, national treasurer for CFS, refused to comment on the lawsuit.

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