Embattled UWaterloo student group loses funding

October 11, 2016

A University of Waterloo student group has lost funding after fellow students voted 82% to eliminate the mandatory student fee that supported the group financially. The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group was created in 1973 and has a reported history of supporting social justice and environmental issues on campus and around the Waterloo Region. The group sparked controversy, however, when it supported the Palestine Solidarity Action Group, which calls for a boycott of Israeli universities. The move drew charges of anti-Semitism from Jewish advocacy groups, and the Hamilton Record reports that some of these groups became involved in the campaign to vote down the group’s funding. Jana Omar, a co-op student with WPIR, noted that the group's support for PSAG “unfortunately dwarfed a lot of other things WPIRG had done up to that point and is doing still.” Waterloo Region Record