In Volume 1 Issue 6 we covered the troubling case of one Kyle Spaans. Mr. Spaans' employer ceased paying him and CECS did little to help rectify the situation. We mentioned that it was unknown whether or not the Employment Standards Act of Ontario applied to co-op jobs. It was brought to our attention that in the co-op student manual, under ``Payment of Vacation Days, Overtime, Severance'' the ESA is mentioned, and it is stated that the co-op program does not fall under the provisions of the ESA. While the ESA does not apply, contract law still does. Mr. Spaans remains unpaid, and is pursuing legal options, still with minimal guidance from CECS. When he informed his field coordinator of his plans to take his employer to court the field coordinator stated he should have thought of the idea sooner and referred Mr. Spaans to the office of the Ombudsman, despite that office no longer existing.
In Volume 1 Issue 4 we covered the proliferation of security cameras on campus, the privacy concerns that accompany such a proliferation, and the lack of any official policy on the matter from the University. In his September report to Council, FedS President Brad Moggach mentioned that the SLC Management Board is obtaining a quote for upgrading and expanding the cameras in the SLC.1 In the report Mr. Moggach states the new systems is being considered because there have been "some issues with vandalism and security of the building due to the low quality of the cameras currently present". Due to a change in printing schedule we were unable to get in touch with Mr. Moggach before press time to clarify these remarks, but in their present wording there is some concern that the SLCMB views cameras as deterrents, despite Director of Police Services Dan Anderson's previous remarks that he "[has] never been a strong believer that cameras are a deterrent", but that "they have been a terrific investigative tool."
by Charlie Chaplain
1 President's Report - Sept 2010