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Updated on Monday, March 2

#20619

OMG: Wait, Imprint raised their fee? When the hell did this happen? Did anyone know about this before?

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  1. This is the 1st time I've heard of this and went to look for this it - apparently they will raise the fee by $1. This is bullshit. Is there anyway to reverse this - even better to defund the whole paper?

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    1. They're independent of Feds (like WPIRG) so you'd need to go to *their* General Meeting, not the Feds AGM, to vote it down.

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    2. i would support this, let me know if you find out anything

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    3. As much as I don't read the paper, its just one of those things universities have. Y'know the saying "have it and not need it than need it and not have it"
      I'm pretty sure it's thanks to Imprint that some BS Feds marketing crap didn't get approved or whatever.

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  2. I opt out anyway

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  3. It was on the agenda for their AGM and was passed. That's pretty much all they have to do for a fee increase.

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    1. I think the problem OP said is how basically no one knew about this. I certainly didn't know until now.

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    2. True, no one knew, but that probably has more to do with the fact that no one was paying attention.

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  4. This fee increase will have to go to the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo for approval still.
    The next BoG meeting is April 7th. Start a petition and present it to them.

    Tip: Don't phrase it as being against the fee increase, but phrase it as being against the very untransparent way this was passed.

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    1. How was this untransparent?

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    2. No one fucking knew about their AGM when it was being voted on. Was not tweeted or posted on their website (until like, an hour before the meeting). Apparently they had an add in the paper, but a) no one reads Imprint adds and b) it was in the Friday paper before reading week

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  5. I attended the meeting. It was mostly Imprint people there.

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  6. Imprint hasn't raised their fee in over a decade and they are just matching it to inflation, something that is perfectly within their policy framework. It's not like they woke up one day and were like, let's raise the fee for shits and giggles. You guys are just causing shit for no good reason.

    http://uwimprint.ca/article/4959-change-is-coming

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    1. Okay, thanks for your opinion Imprint...

      The problem is that you didn't notify students that this was on the table. Retroactively defending your decision to increase the fee doesn't change the fact that you denied the option for students to have their say.

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  7. Ultimately fee increases are approved by the UW Board of Governors, who looks to the student union (i.e. Feds) to determine student opinion when considering fee change approval. If you think students need more of a say in this, ask your Councillor to get Students' Council to call a referendum on this fee increase.

    If the referendum doesn't pass, Feds will take a stance against the increase on behalf of the student body, and the UW Board of Governors will almost certainly reject it.

    If it does pass... then students support it, and it goes forward.

    Personally, I'm in favour of it. Considering how Imprint has grown over the years, I think it's insane that they haven't needed a fee increase in a decade (hell, it makes Feds look pretty silly with their ANNUAL fee increases). But I'm just one student....

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  8. They also changed their by-laws to allow future increases by CPI (inflation) without going to a general meeting. Even Feds doesn't do this.

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    1. Your student societies do, it's actually a pretty standard practice tbh.

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  9. Feds does this as well. Inflation on a fee less than 5 dollars is also pennies.

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