Silverthorn says we need these services to fill the gaps. Says he's looking to expand health and dental services by looking into other universities' services.
VP Equity candidates Rabia Idrees(Transform RU) and Anuija Jeeva(Unite Ryerson) are seated and introducing themselves.
Idrees: "It's the time we, as a campus, unlearn stereotypes."
Says she also wants to focus on mental health. She hope to lobby for increased wellness services and foster a learning environment for all students.
Jeeva says she helped introduce women's only gym time. Says she will continue to work on sexual assault policies on campus. "It scares the shit out me that we only have two sentences [on sexual assault policies]."
Q: What work will do to address gender based violence on campus?
Jeeva says there's already a sexual assualt hotline that works towards violence and education. She plans on supporting the women and trans centre.
Idrees says it's about getting students engaged. The first step is telling students that exists. There should be a space where students can come in and get support.
Q:How do you hope to support the equity service centre?
Jeeva says she hopes to support all equity groups. She hopes to increase hours for the women's only gym time. She also plans on working on more gender neutral washrooms.
Idrees says she plans to expand funding so that all students know that these services are available.
Q: What does the anti-oppression framework look like?
Idrees says she want to work and advocate to offer services. Says she also plans to work with the campus to facilitate her goals.
Jeeva there's a need for a voice. Unite Ryerson has done that in the past through women's only gym time and she hope to continue onto this.
The candidate for VP education Cormac McGee and Zidane Mohamed are up next.
McGee says he want to increase student workplace, lobby for enrolment and exam times to be released earlier, and increase employment at the student fees office.
"I'm not for rising tuition fees," says McGee. But he is also against short-term solutions. The province needs to allocate resources differently and "screaming and yelling isn't going to get us places."
Mohamed says he apologizes for the comments he made on his personal accounts. "I made a mistake," he says.
Mohamed, "I can barely afford school." Says he slept in a tent for #freezethefees campaign. He says, "how is it acceptable that students have to work two or three jobs to afford school."
Q: What would you do to make sure student demands are met in terms of budget?
McGee says the painting of Gould Street shouldn't happen again. He says in order to do this, representatives need to contact the BOG earlier.
Q: Can both candidates talk about character, and the character you'll bring into office?
Mohamed says he wants to reiterate that he regrets saying these statements.
McGee, "You'll see my character through the hard work I put in for you."
Q:What's your stance on aggressive protesting?
Mohamed said he would support it if it represents what the students want.
The presidential candidates Andrea Bartlett (Transform RU) and Pascale Diverlus (Unite Ryerson) are up.
Bartlett says in order to encourage more communicate, she plans to incorporate an online platform and bring it to the administration to see where students want improvements.
"This is our house now," says Bartlett. The crowd began chanting her name.
Diverlus says, "As a black women, I rarely see women of colour represented."
Says she co-founded an anti-racism organization.
This year we'll show that when we are united the work we'll get done will be endless, Diverlus says. "Thank you for this past year. Let's continue the work ahead."
Diverlus says students decided to endorse us in regards to the BDS movement.
Bartlett says if we are working with the Ontario government, we need to take a different approach. She says we need to work professionally. "I'm not against protesting. But I'm against protesting at inappropriate times. "
Question directed at Ullah and Mohamed: How important is human rights for you platform?
Ullah says being a victim of Islamphobia, we have a very welcoming enviroment.
Mohamed referring back to Egypt. Said he left during the Egyptian revolution and that brought in human rights into his mindset.
He says he education is a human right and he stands for free education.
The next question is directed toward Ullah and Diverlus: How do you hope to move forward from the BDS motion?
Ullah says if the students want it, we will move forwards with it.
Diverlus says in any campaign the first part is education. "We are not critical of the state or the religion or race."
One woman was asked to leave after yelling that the BDS in anti-semitic.
The next question is towards the two presidential candidates: What are the current benefits of the CFS and what are your plans with the federation?
Diverlus through the federation we're united with 300,000 students. She is stressing the progress of the CFS.
Bartlett: It is crucial to understand that there are different lenses we need to look through. She says a union would never take action for or against without first asking students.
The debate is now done. Elections take place Feb. 9,10 and 11.
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