Court Strikes Down Doug Ford's Attack On Student Groups - 2019-11-21
Ontario's Divisional Court has struck down the Doug Ford government's controversial "Student Choice Initiative" that decimated funding for campus groups by mandating that schools allow students to opt out of paying specific levies. Student newspapers and campus radio stations were among the organizations widely affected.
In a unanimous decision [pdf], the three-judge panel ruled that the directives issued in early 2019 by Merrilee Fullerton, the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities, were unlawful because they ran afoul of the legislation governing postsecondary institutions, which guarantee certain degrees of autonomy.
The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and the York Federation of Students launched the legal challenge this past spring. The University of Toronto Graduate Students Union intervened in support of the application, and B'nai Brith intervened in support of the Ford government.