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Court hearing Ontario students' fight over opt-out of supplementary fees
A general view of the Ryerson University campus in Toronto, is seen on Thursday, January 17, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)
A lawyer for Ontario students says a government change to how students pay certain fees threatens the autonomy of the province's colleges and universities.
The Progressive Conservative government has given post-secondary students the option to opt out of many non-essential fees.
The money from such fees is used to run student clubs, newspapers, food banks and other support programs.
The province maintains students should have a choice as to which campus services they support.
But a lawyer for students tells Divisional Court that the measure is largely political.
Student groups say the so-called "Students Choice Initiative" threatens programs, and amounts to student-union busting.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 11, 2019.