Daycare Referendum

Beginning October 26th at 9:00 am until October 30th at 4:00 pm, the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union will be opening an online referendum. For Edmonton Campus students, there is one question to vote upon.

From the ULSU Website:

DAYCARE QUESTION

“Do you authorize the Students’ Union to invest $200,000 from the Students’ Union Building (SUB) Fund for the Capital requirements of an on-campus Daycare facility, with the understanding that this will not lead to any increase in the SUB Fund fees; and
Do you further authorize the Students’ Union to contract with the University of Lethbridge to maintain this contribution in the Daycare for as long as it operates, and in the event the Daycare closes, the capital contribution transfers from the Daycare back to the Students’ Union”?

(All U of L students, on all campuses, in all programs will be eligible to vote on this referendum question)

For More Information:
The Daycare Action Committee will be running a yes campaign and you can find more information at http://people.uleth.ca/~dac

I urge all Edmonton Campus students to vote NO to this question.

Why Should I Vote No?

All students at the Edmonton Campus should be opposed to this usage of our fees because we do not recieve any benefit from this action.

The ULSU collects a number of fees from Edmonton Campus students, who do not see any benefit from a portion of these fees. Edmonton Campus students’ fees are used to subsidize the activities of the main campus.

Fee Breakdown

  • Operation Fee $21.27 (full time)/$10.43 (part time)
  • Building Fee $28.36 (full time)/$19.92 (part time)
    • The Building Fee is broken down to two components:
      • Health and Wellness Centre Construction Costs $15 (full time)/$ 7 (part time)
      • SUB Management $13.36 (full time)/$5.92 (part time)
  • Capital Replacement Fee (CRF) $5.35 (full time)/$2.98 (part time)

While the SU does provide some services to the Edmonton Campus, clearly are not receiving the same benefit from our fees as a Main Campus student. For example, we pay $15/$7 per semester to pay for the construction of a Health and Wellness Centre that we CANNOT use. It is time for the Students of the Edmonton Campus to stand up and oppose this unfairness. If we all vote against this, we can send a message to Main Campus that we are not happy with how are fees are being spent.

What else can I do?

If you’d like to help in lobbying the SU to examine the fee assessment for our students, I invite you to join the University of Lethbridge – Edmonton Campus Facebook group, comment on my Facebook note or on my blog (joshbazin.com), or send me an email joshua (dot) bazin (at) uleth (dot) ca.

Please forward this message onto your friends and classmates. Encourage them to vote NO for this question. Vote NO on October 26-30th.