Canadian Federation of Students v. Cariboo College Student Society (1994 referendum)

Summary

The Cariboo College Student Society (CCSS) (now known as the Thompson Rivers University Students’ Union) held a referendum to disaffiliate from the Canadian Federation of Students on Oct. 17-20, 19941. The Canadian Federation of Students recognized the validity of the referendum, but claimed that according to the CFS bylaws (which the CCSS agreed to follow in a Fee Agreement that they signed in 1987), the CCSS remained a legal member of the CFS until the end of its fiscal year (June 30, 1995 in the case of CFS/CFS-Services, and August 31, 1995 in the case of CFS-BC), and owed membership fees to the CFS for that period of time.2 The parties settled out of court in May 1998, with a sum of $86,696.68 being paid to the CFS by the CCSS.3

Documents

Footnotes

1 CFS et al., “Statement of Claim,” April 1, 1997, 3, in Canadian Federation of Students v. Cariboo College Student Society, Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver Registry, No. C972032, http://www.studentunion.ca/cases/cariboo94/writ-statement-of-claim.pdf.
2 Ibid.
3 CFS, et al., “Consent Order,” May 20, 1998, 1, in Canadian Federation of Students v. Cariboo College Student Society, Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver Registry, No. C972032, http://www.studentunion.ca/cases/cariboo94/consent-order.pdf.