Volume 94, Issue 99

Tuesday, March 27, 2001


Code of Conduct gets Senate's OK

Refugee camp staged in UCC

CFS lawsuit grows - UBC, Queen's, Alberta named

Fed funding lost to big schools

Ontario creating 57,000 new summer jobs for April

Don't steal parking discs


Corroded Disorder

CFS lawsuit grows - UBC, Queen's, Alberta named

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council now officially has allies in its $100 million lawsuit against the Canadian Federation of Students.

The University of Alberta Students' Union, along with student councils at Queen's University and the University of British Columbia were recently given official status in the lawsuit against CFS over the ownership of Travel Cuts, said USC president Dave Braun.

The USC's lawsuit was filed in 1996 and names as defendants CFS-Services, a branch of the CFS, the Association of Student Councils-Canada and the Canadian Universities Travel Service Limited, now known as Travel Cuts.

In 1969, the AOSC, which owned Travel Cuts, was incorporated by six university student councils including the USC. In 1987, the AOSC transferred all the assets of Travel Cuts to the CFS, after a vote taken by the AOSC.

The USC lawsuit contends the shares of Travel Cuts remain vested in the AOSC and the CFS has improperly converted the shares to their own use.

Braun said the court's allowance of the student councils at Alberta, Queen's and UBC to join the suit was a positive step, but it is still difficult to foretell the outcome of the suit.

"Issues in the courts can be long and arduous and we remain committed to righting a past wrong," he said. "We are pleased to have the court confirm the support of the other student councils."

Leslie Church, president of the Alberta Students' Union, said the ASU has been involved in the lawsuit for almost three years, but the recent move by the court officially names them in the lawsuit.

Church explained her desire to see the suit resolved out of court. "My hope is that this issue can be solved without the court," she said. "We have to have some frank and open discussions." She added while no formal arrangement has been made, the collection of student councils now involved will share the legal costs of the suit.

CFS treasurer Joey Hansen, said he could not comment on the specifics of the lawsuit, but explained the CFS remains committed to fighting it out in the courts. "We stand by the position that the USC suit is frivolous and without merit," he said. "The USC is just on some flight of historical fantasy."

He added the suit has cost the CFS tens of thousands of student dollars. "It's just a huge drain on student funds for both our organization and the USC," Hansen said.

No exact numbers on the cost of the lawsuit to the USC were available.

Chris Farley, president of the University of Waterloo Federation of Students, said his council once considered joining the suit, but eventually elected to remain uninvolved. "We sat on the fence and never really came out either way," Farley said. "When it came time to decide to commit money to it, we didn't think it was going to be successful."

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