After years of increased spend-ing and inated budgets, the Con-tinuing Education Students As-sociation at Ryerson (CESAR), isnow being forced to cope with itsoperating decit by restructuringand slashing expenses.“People haven’t been managingour money well in the past,” saidCESAR president Dominic Wong.“They have just seen increasingnumbers and [as a result] contin-ued to increase the budget.”Currently, full-time studentswho are enrolled in classes oered by the G. Raymond Chang Schoolfor Continuing Education totallinga minimum of 31 hours have beenpaying the $11.28 levy to CESAR.This double charging of both Ry-erson Students’ Union (RSU) feesplus part-time fees has recentlycome to the aention of adminis-tration through numerous com-plaints from students, which haspushed CESAR to consider elimi-nating it.Keith Alnwick, registrar for theuniversity, said he was unawareof these changes. But Wong con-rmed that it was the administra-tion that came to CESAR with thecomplaints.Wong said he doesn’t knowwhy the problem has suddenlyoccurred, as the fee has been col-lected “probably forever.”Close to 10 per cent of the ap-proximately $913,000 in studentfees collected will be cut due to thechange.The decision to restructure the budget and implement a numberof changes to their by-laws came atthe Nov. 15 annual general meet-ing.Caitlin Smith, president of theRSU, said she had no prior knowl-edge of this because neither CE-SAR nor the university has com-municated this possible change tostudent fees.“We have been reducing all ex-penses and, for the rst time, actu-ally geing sponsorship from theuniversity for some large events,”said Wong in an email.“We have run huge decits forthe past couple years and are hop-ing to get that under control. Weproject a small decit this year,despite great eorts to balance the budget,” he wrote.The largest expenses in the budget include approximately$350,000 towards salaries, wagesand benets that accounted forve full-time sta last year but hassince decreased to three.All members are currentlyunionized and Wong said that cut-ting their salaries would have to bedone at the bargaining table.“Other than that, there’s nothingelse we can do,” said Wong.The board, which currently in-cludes 12 members, accounts forapproximately $87,000, but will becut in the next scal year.Aliate groups have been askedto cut their budgets. In the case ofthe Ryerson Free Press, which op-erates on approximately $80,000annually, the requested cutsamount to nearly half the budget,said current editor-in-chief NoraLoreto.“We are published by a students’union that is unfamiliar with thestudent press industry,” she said.All Ryerson Free Press editorswill also be put on contract thatwill require them to reapply afterthe year has ended, introducingcompetition into the process.Wong said it is something theyhave overlooked in the past andeditors have been quiing and joining as they please.“We want to reduce wastefulspending and we will be restruc-turing as well. Membership haspassed a whole new set of by-laws,” said Wong.
November 23, 2011The Eyeopener
CESAR struggles with deficit
BY VENUS MOSADEQ
Despite the court’s decision todeny Occupy Toronto’s request forprotesters to remain in the park,students at Ryerson are still strong-ly supporting the movement.On Nov. 21, Justice DavidBrown ruled to move forward witheviction on the basis that the pro-testers didn’t have the right to takeover the public space and excludethe rest of the community from thetraditional use of the park.But Farid Azadian, co-chair ofthe Ryerson New Democrats, seesno justication for the eviction.He plans to continue his eorts by aending meetings of OccupyRyerson, a support group that has been created for students. Azadianaended their rst meeting onNov. 4.“We are an informal group ofRyerson students critically engag-ing with the Occupy movement,as well as determining RyersonSchool of Social Work’s activistrole in ghting for social and eco-nomic justice,” reads the descrip-tion on their ocial Occupy Ryer-son Facebook page.Some protesters packed up their bags and left the ve-week longcamp to avoid arrest but other pro-testers stood their ground.The city has not yet taken actionto evict the protesters. Mayor RobFord has asked the protesters fortheir cooperation in leaving.Sam Romero, a second-year so-cial work student, was at the campon Nov. 21 right at midnight, thesupposed night of eviction.“I was there last night,” saidRomero. “I know of the groupOccupy Ryerson. I’m not reallyinvolved with them, I’m just a con-cerned citizen and I was at the rallya few weeks ago too.”The last rally, “Evict Ford,” tookplace on Nov. 19 and was promot-ed on campus by Occupy Ryerson beforehand.Protesters demanded the rightto stay in the park and spoke outagainst the eviction and social in-equality.Romero has been actively in-volved with the Occupy Toron-to protest and helps out atthe camp once in a whilewith various activities.“I don’t think JudgeBrown had justiablegrounds. I thinkthey are nding ri-diculous excusesand laws as reasonsto silence people,” hesaid.“Occupy is notabout a place; it’s abouta belief. You can’t evictideas. Their opinions are just as important as someonewho makes millions of dollars orwho is a lawyer, or who may workon Bay street.”The park will still be used forassemblies and breakout groupsand some individuals have con-sidered renting out a space for themovement tocontin-ue.
CESAR executives admit to years of overspending and reveal plans to slash funding in an attempt tocurb the problem.
News Editor Rebecca Burton
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Rye opposed to Occupy Toronto eviction
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BY MARIANA IONOVANEWS EDITOR
Six of the 17 alleged ringlead-ers of the G20 protests pledguilty on Tuesday as part of anagreement that will see chargesagainst the remaining accuseddropped.Among the defendantspleading guilty was Alex Hun-dert, 31, who was re-arrestedand jailed last September aftera judge ruled his participationin a panel discussion at Ryersonviolated his bail conditions.Hundert and his co-accusedwere initially arrested last yearand blamed for organizing theviolent demonstrations thatovertook the city during theG20 summit on June 26, 2010.They were charged with con-spiracy related to the protestsafter a year-long undercoverpolice investigation.His bail conditions stated hewas prohibited from aend-ing any demonstrations andspeaking at protests. But, afterspeaking at a G20-related panelat Ryerson in September 2010,Hundert was arrested and keptin custody until Jan. 24. Judy Rebick, the CanadianAuto Workers (CAW)-Sam Gin-din Chair in Social Justice andDemocracy at the time, helpedorganize the panel and said thearrest was a “denial of [Hun-dert’s] freedom of speech.”“His condition was that hecouldn’t go on a demonstration.It wasn’t a demonstration, itwas a university panel,” Rebicksaid. “They broke his bail con-ditions because he spoke aboutit. To me, it was outrageous. Inever though something likethat could happen in this coun-try.”Under Tuesday’s plea agree-ment, the six accused pledguilty to counselling to commitan indictable oense, a lessercrime bearing a lighter sen-tence.“Sentencing hearings are yetto happen but the Crown anddefense council have all made joint submissions on sentenc-ing,” said Hundert. He addedthat three of his co-accusedwill have sentencing hearingswithin a week, while he and theremaining two will have theirhearings within the next fewmonths.Hundert said his sentencewould amount to 20 monthswith a deduction for timehe has already served. Heserved ve months in the To-ronto West Detention Centreand another ve months underhouse arrest. This means thatapproximately six and a halfmonths will be deducted fromhis sentence.
High expenditures and inated salaries within CESAR have resulted in a budget decit for the union.