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March 18, 2011 Canadian Federation of Students 338 rue Somerset Street Ouest/West Ottawa, ON K2P 0J9 Attention: Roxanne Dubois, Treasurer Dear Madam: We are in receipt of your letter dated March 14, 2011, directing SOGS to the provisions of Article 2.a.vi of Bylaw I, and suggesting that SOGS may be remitting fees at an incorrect lower rate. As we trust CFS is aware, Article 2.a.vi of Bylaw I states that fees for a full member local association shall be, $3.00 per semester, or $6.00 per academic year, per local association individual member of the Canadian Federation of Students/Canadian Federation of Student-Services pro-rated as per the policy of the local member association. The policy of SOGS is in accordance with the definition of Academic Year for The University of Western Ontario Graduate Program, which pursuant to Section 1 of the Graduate Regulations “…consists of three terms: Fall term, beginning September 1; Winter term, beginning January 1; and Summer term, beginning May 1.” The fees paid to CFS by SOGS have always been prorated over three terms, as per its policy, and accordingly are properly remitted. CFS has always been aware of SOGS policy and has never made any objection to this method of remittance. Any attempt to hold SOGS to some other form of remittance schedule has by virtue of CFS’ inaction been waived. We also note that CFS’ letter was sent and received, less than six (6) weeks before the scheduled Referendum, presumably, deliberately, as yet another attempt to thwart the Referendum from taking place. The Referendum will take place as scheduled. We look forward to CFS’ cooperation. Yours truly,
Duncan Sutherland Society of Graduate Students The University of Western Ontario