Posts Tagged ‘CASA’

DSU president Sagar Jha resigns; union leaves CASA again

DSU president Sagar Jha. (Photo by Ian Froese)

Highlights from the Apr. 9 DSU council meeting: Sagar Jha resigns  Dalhousie Student Union president Sagar Jha has stepped down. Jha told a surprised council last night he did not want to be held legally responsible for what he believed would be an illegal decision to leave Students Nova Scotia (SNS). Jha brought up the…

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DSU rejoins CASA and SNS

The Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) has rejoined the Canadian Association of Student Alliances (CASA) and Students Nova Scotia (SNS), recommitting approximately $140,000 to external advocacy in the process. The DSU rejoined CASA as an associate member for the 2014-15 term in a secret ballot vote during their Mar. 12 council meeting. The results were 19…

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DSU’s non-student president letting council decide his fate

Sagar Jha is still the president of the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) after last Thursday’s surprising revelation he violated the union’s constitution by withdrawing from his only class. DSU council will ultimately decide his fate later this month, but until then, Jha believes it’s in the union’s best interest for him to stay put instead…

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DSU’s decision to leave StudentsNS ill-informed

In my first year at Dalhousie, I was Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) secretary. I was impressed, then, to learn about the Alliance of Nova Scotia Students’ Associations (ANSSA) and its work to advance student concerns. In the previous year, 2008, it had successfully lobbied for the creation of Nova Scotia Student Grants, as well as…

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Active on campus

Should the DSU be focusing on homegrown advocacy? (Photo by Yi Nuo)

If you’ve been through the Student Union Building, you’ve heard the news: on Feb. 26, the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) voted to pull their membership from the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and Students Nova Scotia (SNS). This decision will have huge ramifications for DSU activism in the coming years: by leaving CASA and…

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Letter to the editor: Transparency lacking in DSU

Dear Editor, The recent debates regarding appropriate student advocacy for the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU)—and the DSU’s now former association with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and Students Nova Scotia (SNS) have come to a head. But I believe that some of the most telling things this process has brought to light are…

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Letter to the editor: Positive changes

Rebecca Rose kicks things off

Dear Editor, The results of Wednesday’s council vote have allowed the DSU to finally break free from the roughly $136,000 shackles of two external advocacy organizations: the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and Students Nova Scotia (SNS). As a senate representative on council, I continue to be in full support of this decision based…

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DSU votes to leave CASA, Students NS

The DSU has voted to leave both CASA and SNS. (Photo by Bryn Karcha)

The Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) has voted to end its memberships with federal and provincial lobbying groups, the Canadian Association of Student Alliances (CASA) and Students Nova Scotia (SNS), following this semester. The move will free up approximately $140,000, which could be repurposed for internal advocacy—although nothing is set in stone. CASA, which cost the…

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Changing faces

The DSU has voted to leave both CASA and SNS. (Photo by Bryn Karcha)

Tired of hearing that students are apathetic and generally uninterested in politics? Here’s a quick comeback for the next time it comes up: Dalhousie students actively pay into federal and provincial lobby groups that guarantee that the “government hears the true voice of students” through our student union. Ever heard of the Canadian Alliance of…

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