Ryerson profs want university to account for food services provider's losses

February 15, 2013

Ryerson University professors are upset with the institution's decision to spend more than $5.6 million to cover the losses of its food services provider, Aramark Canada Ltd., and they are determined to hold administration accountable. Among the faculty association president's concerns are where the funds came from, why Ryerson amended its contract with Aramark in 2006 agreeing to take on the risk, and why an audit was not conducted to look into the quality of Aramark's goods and services. Particularly perplexing is that all departments were asked to find 3% in potential cuts from their operating budgets, yet Ryerson found millions to give to a private company. The faculty association executive will meet on February 26, where it will discuss next steps. Ryerson officials have said the institution, with a small base of students living on campus and competition from hundreds of downtown restaurants, does not expect to make money from its food services operations. Toronto Star