The Daily’s ref­er­en­dum en­dorse­ments

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WUSC Stu­dent Refugee Pro­gram fee in­crease – YES

The Daily en­dorses a “yes” vote to the World Univer­sity Ser­vice of Canada (WUSC) fee in­crease ref­er­en­dum ques­tion. Col­lected since 1986, this fee has sup­ported the WUSC Stu­dent Refugee Pro­gram, which pro­vides fund­ing to stu­dents liv­ing in refugee camps to study at Mcgill. The fee cur­rently amounts to $0.50 and has never been ad­justed for in­fla­tion, which lim­its WUSC to spon­sor­ing only one per­son each year. In­creas­ing the fee to $2.00 would al­low WUSC to spon­sor up to three stu­dents an­nu­ally. —The Mcgill Daily edi­to­rial board

LICM fee in­crease– YES

The Le­gal In­for­ma­tion Clinic at Mcgill (LICM) pro­vides es­sen­tial ser­vices, many of which are spe­cific to grad­u­ate stu­dents. It rep­re­sents grad­u­ate stu­dents in ne­go­ti­at­ing with their su­per­vi­sors when pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships be­come strained, and in de­fend­ing them against ac­cu­sa­tions of pla­gia­rism. In ad­di­tion, LICM helps grad­u­ate stu­dents ap­peal with­drawals. Un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents cur­rently pay $4.50 per se­mes­ter for the same ser­vices, whereas grad­u­ate stu­dents pay $2.00 per se­mes­ter, though in pro­por­tion to their num­bers, PGSS mem­bers use LICM ser­vices more than twice as much as un­der­grad­u­ates. As such, The Daily en­dorses a “yes” vote to in­crease the LICM fee to $4.50. —The Mcgill Daily edi­to­rial board

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