TORONTO, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Over the past month, a number of
University of Toronto community groups have expressed concern about the
University of Toronto plan to convert Back Campus into two field hockey
fields for the 2015 Pan American Games.
Last week, a group of petitioners opposed the plan after collecting over
3000 signatures opposing the move. In response, University of Toronto
President David Naylor suggested that petitioners represented a
minority position and that a counter-petition would likely get far more
responses due to the popularity of the plan. He then passed over the
elected student representatives from the University of Toronto
Students' Union and the Graduate Students' Union (GSU) present at the
meeting to instead ask two handpicked students their views on the plan.
Unsurprisingly, they agreed with the University's plan.
Today, groups representing undergraduate and graduate students are
sending the University of Toronto a letter proposing a #GreenWager (http://www.utgsu.ca/2013/03/01/backcampus/) for the University to send out a survey question to all students to
determine the fate of the plan. According to Jason Dumelie, an
executive officer of the GSU, "We want this wager because we believe
that the people who can best judge the strength of this plan are the
people who the University says it's for: the average student. If
President Naylor has conviction in his plan, then I don't see any
reason he shouldn't choose to take this wager on."
On February 25, the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto
Graduate Students' Union voted overwhelmingly to oppose the
University's plan to convert the Back Campus into field hockey fields.
The University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union represents over
14,000 graduate students at the University of Toronto. For more
information please visit http://www.utgsu.ca.
SOURCE: University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union
For further information:
Academic and Funding Division 3 & 4 Commissioner, University of Toronto
Graduate Students' Union
Phone: 647-629-1808, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org