Carleton groups still reeling from Student Choice Initiative - 2020-02-11
McArthur said the Book Ravens, which is Carleton's sole on-campus literary club, has struggled financially in the aftermath of the SCI, a short-lived policy proposed by Ontario Premier Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative administration last year.
The SCI allowed students to decide whether they want to pay certain ancillary fees for services offered by student organizations such as the Graduate Students' Association, the Carleton University Students' Association (CUSA), and the Charlatan, which were previously included within tuition payments.
The change took effect in September of last year, causing student unions at Carleton such as the Carleton Academic Student Government (CASG) to make major changes, like cutting compensation for execs.
Announced last January and implemented two months later, student organizations had little time to prepare for the funding cuts that came as a result of the SCI—cuts that clubs like the Book Ravens are still recovering from.