By David Dyck
After three years of conflict, the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) has officially left the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The issue goes back to 2008, when 67 per cent of SFU students voted to leave the CFS. The CFS, which is the largest student organization in Canada, contested the referendum’s legitimacy, and a series of legal disputes has financially mired the SFSS.
Although a court date had been set for February 12, 2012, for a trial that was expected to last approximately three weeks, the dispute was settled out of court in late December. Both parties released the following statement:
“The Canadian Federation of Students, Canadian Federation of Students‐ Services, Canadian Federation of Students‐British Columbia Component (collectively, the “CFS Entities”) and the Simon Fraser Student Society (“SFSS”) have come to an amicable, out of court resolution of their dispute regarding the SFSS voting membership in the CFS Entities. As part of this resolution it is agreed that the membership has ended. The agreement was motivated by a desire on the part of all parties to resolve all outstanding issues. The parties have agreed to this common statement and have agreed to make no further public statements regarding this matter. ”
The full story will appear in print and on the web on Monday, January 9.