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Petition to remove RSU president, restructure nears 1K

Students ask Vanessa Henry to step down.

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A petition to remove Ryerson Student Union’s president and restructure the organization was set to reach 1,000 signatures late on Tuesday, amid a political crisis that has seen three executives resign and one impeached and removed since the beginning of December.

The Change.org petition was started by engineering student R Chan in December. Chan writes that “students of Ryerson University have not received full financial transparency as promised”, putting the blame on President Vanessa Henry who he claims is not qualified to “lead the organization or manage a team”.

The Avro Post has reached out for comment from Henry and the Ryerson Student Union but no response has yet to be received. The petition has reached more signatures than the one for former president Ram Ganesh, who was at the centre of a dramatic affair after stealing funds from the RSU.

Third year physiology student Jennifer Obrian, one of the signatories of the petition, said “it’s clear she’s not qualified” when asked why she supported the resignation. ■

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French-language university supported by feds, province

A full turn-about by the Ford government.

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(CUP) — The provincial and federal governments announced Wednesday that they reached an agreement to jointly fund a French-language university in Toronto.

Both levels of government will invest a total of $126 million toward the project over a period of eight years. The federal government will invest $63 million over five years which will be matched by the provincial government. 

This morning announcement follows the September 2019 memorandum of understanding which saw both levels of government agree on the need for a francophone university in Toronto.

“The Université de l’Ontario français is an important and long awaited-for project, critical to future generations of Franco-Ontarians,” said Ontario Minister of Francophone Affairs Caroline Mulroney in a press release. 

The Ford government had previously announced plans to scrap the project in November 2018. At the time, Ford said the project was an irresponsible promise made by the former Liberal government days before the 2018 election.

The former Liberal government had promised and began planning for a francophone university to open in Toronto all the way back in 2017.

“We are delighted to achieve this historic milestone and to welcome, as planned, the first cohorts in the fall 2021,” said Dyane Adam, chair of the board of governors for Université de l’Ontario français, in the press release.

It is still unclear where the university will be located in Toronto. The original project planned on sharing offices and classrooms with College Boreal’s Toronto campus but nothing has been confirmed as of now.  

Francophones delighted 

Many influential French-Canadian figures and organizations took to Twitter on Wednesday to show their enthusiasm for the project. 

“We celebrate the signature of the Canada-Ontario agreement with @universiteON!@uOttawa will continue to work with you and thanks Melanie Joly, Caroline Mulroneyand Ross Romano for continuing to develop post-secondary education in French!” tweeted University of Ottawa president Jacques Frémont.

“This is a historic day for Franco-Ontarians,” tweeted federal Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly. ”A project that unites Francophones from all parts of our country and an unprecedented measure that will give thousands of Canadians the opportunity to pursue their education in French in Ontario.” ■

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Raptors hold on for victory in Atlanta

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 122-117 on Tuesday.

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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 122-117 on Tuesday.

A number of NBA teams played afternoon games on Martin Luther King Jr. Day All teams wore special warm-up tops to commemorate the civil rights icon.

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Norman Powell led Raptors scorers with 27 points in 25 minutes of action off the bench. Fred VanVleet scored 20.

Pascal Siakam had 18 points and six rebounds. Marc Gasol had 14 points. Terence Davis scored 12 points. Kyle Lowry had 10 points and seven assists.

Trae Young recorded a double-double, he scored 42 points and had 15 assists. John Collins also recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards.

De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish scored 13 points apiece. Bruno Fernando scored 12 points.

Here are some Raptors highlights against the Hawks (which includes a number of three-pointers):

The Raptors host Atlantic division rival Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


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RSU files police report in update to credit card scandal

Toronto Police confirmed the development.

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(CUP) — The Ryerson Students’ Union has filed a report with the Toronto Police Service following allegations of financial mismanagement last year.

In January 2019, The Eyeopener obtained photos of financial statements showing food, clothing, alcohol and club purchases—some upwards of $2,000—with a credit card under the RSU president’s name.

The purchases that were made allegedly amount to $250,000, said then-student groups director Maklane deWever. 

The RSU later hired PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct a forensic audit to investigate allegations of “internal financial mismanagement,” according to a statement posted to Facebook

With the audit complete, the RSU said they filed a police report on Monday, which was confirmed by the Toronto Police Service in an emailed statement to The Eye

“Our role at this point is the report taker,” police constable Victor Paul Kwong wrote in the email. 

Kwong also said that the report will be assigned to an investigator “to determine where it goes from there.”

“We look forward to the Toronto Police Service becoming an important partner in our organization’s effort toward delivering justice to the students we represent,” wrote the RSU

The forensic audit and a report on the audit will be presented at the RSU’s upcoming Semi Annual General Meeting on Feb. 3. 
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