CBU Students' Union ordered to pay $295,000, remain in student federation

July 15, 2015

An Ontario Superior Court justice has ordered the Cape Breton University Students’ Union (CBUSU) to pay $295,000 in damages and six years of unpaid dues to the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), along with CFS’s legal fees. The two organizations had been engaged in a lawsuit since 2008, when the CBUSU voted 92% to decertify from the CFS. The judge said that he ruled against the union because the petition in question was initiated by a voting member of the union executive when it should only have come from an individual union member. CBUSU President Brandon Ellis said the decision will place a significant strain on the union, adding, “we have about a half a million dollar budget. So I’d be lying if I said that bankruptcy isn’t an option.” CBC | Chronicle Herald | Cape Breton Post