Court Strikes Down Doug Ford's Attack On Student Groups
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Court Strikes Down Doug Ford’s Attack On Student Groups
Campus newspapers had funding decimated by Ontario government's "Student Choice Initiative"

Ontario’s Divisional Court has struck down the Doug Ford government’s controversial “Student Choice Initiative” that decimated funding for campus groups by mandating that schools allow students to opt out of paying specific levies. Student newspapers and campus radio stations were among the organizations widely affected.

In a unanimous decision [pdf], the three-judge panel ruled that the directives issued in early 2019 by Merrilee Fullerton, the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities, were unlawful because they ran afoul of the legislation governing postsecondary institutions, which guarantee certain degrees of autonomy.

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