Ref­er­en­dum ques­tions

The McGill Daily - - Pgss Elections -

Mem­bers of PGSS will be voting on two ref­er­en­dum ques­tions over the next week.

World Univer­sity Ser­vice Canada Stu­dent Refugee Fee in­crease

WUSC has brought forth a ref­er­en­dum ques­tion to in­crease the levy from $0.50 to $2.00 per stu­dent per se­mes­ter. This in­crease would al­low WUSC to con­tinue their Stu­dent Refugee Pro­gram.

“Should the fee pass, we will be spon­sor­ing three stu­dents each year for [ the] next five years,” said Su­jay Ne­u­pane, a mem­ber of WUSC Mcgill, in an email to The Daily. “If the fee is not passed, we will be able to spon­sor only one stu­dent ev­ery al­ter­nate year as of 2018.”

The spon­sored stu­dents are funded in their first 12 months in Canada to cover their tu­ition fees, liv­ing ex­penses, food and a small stipend. “This year, we will wel- come Syr­ian stu­dents for the first time,” said Ne­u­pane.

Le­gal In­for­ma­tion Clinic at Mcgill fee in­crease

The Le­gal In­for­ma­tion Clinic at Mcgill (LICM)’S stu­dent ad­vo­cacy ser­vice is a free, law stu­dent-run ser­vice pro­vid­ing McGill stu­dents and mem­bers of the Mon­treal com­mu­nity with le­gal in­for­ma­tion and re­fer­rals, as well as doc­u­ment cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The fee paid by PGSS stu­dents has not been in­creased since 1990, and Mar­i­lyn Ven­ney, se­nior ad­vo­cate at LICM, told The Daily in an email that the levy would be used to in­crease and im­prove ex­ist­ing ser­vices. “For ex­am­ple, we would con­sider mov­ing the Le­gal In­for­ma­tion Clinic to a big­ger space, which would al­low us to serve more clients on a faster time­line,” said Ven­ney.

“If the fee levy doesn’t pass, we might be forced to re­duce some of the ser­vices that Stu­dent Ad­vo­cacy cur­rently pro­vides to grad stu­dents,” Ven­ney said.

These in­clude rep­re­sent­ing grad­u­ate stu­dents in in­for­mal dis­pute res­o­lu­tion pro­ce­dures when they face a break­down in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with their su­per­vi­sor, and in ac­cu­sa­tions of aca­demic of­fences like pla­gia­rism or cheat­ing, as well as help­ing them ap­peal with­drawals.

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