"I am satisfied on all of the evidence before me that the referendum held by (CBU students union) was invalid in that it did not comply with the then prevailing bylaws and that the vote on defederation cannot be recognized on any other basis," ruled Justice Robert Beaudoin
"Only the individual members of the (CBU students union) could initiate the process of defederation by way of petition. In this case, it is clear that the process was initiated by the voting member, the executive of the (CBU students union)," Beaudoin said in a decision released Friday.
As a result of the ruling, current students union president Brandon Ellis said Monday the executive now must consider a host of options, including bankruptcy, in a bid to pay the ordered amount.
He admits that some services offered by the students union could be reduced or eliminated, and there is still a decision whether to appeal the ruling within the next 30 days.
"We certainly have some serious governance and budgeting decisions to make. This is a major headache and major disappointment," said Ellis.
The students union offers a host of services through a student fee each student pays for each enrolled course. Among the services offered include a convenience store, lounge, tutoring services, a women's centre and Capers Helping Capers, a community charity.
"This decision is going to hurt everyone from students to the community," said Ellis, noting the union offers employment through such services for some 80 people.
The court ordered…
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