The nomination period for candidates in the Ryerson Students’ Union’s (RSU) upcoming election has started and students will soon see who’s running.
In last year’s student election, members of the student group Unite Ryerson won all executive positions with little competition.
Rajean Hoilett, the current RSU president, was the only candidate who ran opposed.
In November, the RSU saw its first potential competition in “Rise for Ryerson,” which protested the RSU’s initiative to freeze tuition fees. The two groups clashed at a boardroom meeting and the dispute escalated into yelling and name-calling.
Despite the disagreement, no member from the opposing group plans to campaign for any positions. Cormac McGee, a journalism student who helped organize Rise for Ryerson’s rally, says their collective would “call out” and “support” both Ryerson and RSU when necessary.
Representatives of the Rise for Ryerson have since been quiet. Activity on their Twitter and Facebook has slowed since November.
Meanwhile, the McGill University’s Post-Graduate Students’ Society will vote today and tomorrow about disaffiliating from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) during a pre-referendum meeting. It is a court-ordered referendum following a legal battle.
Students at McGill University are said to pay the CFS an estimated $100,000 a year for its services however, the Post-Grad Students’ Society has already paid the federation more than triple that amount since seeking to disaffiliate.
According to a 2013 report, Ryerson students paid the CFS an estimated $385,000 for that fiscal year.
In 2013, Ryerson students also took part in an anti-CFS campaign group, which included members from 15 Canadian universities. Currently, there are no known campaigns or candidates advocating for a similar disassociation with the CFS.
All nominations for the RSU election are due 5 p.m. Jan. 23. Elections will take place early February.