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by The Concordian September 27, 2011
CSU auditors concerned about improper remittance of taxes
The CSU might be on the hook for approximately $116,300 for improper remittance of taxes for non-Canadian artists, according to VP finance Jordan Lindsay. In his executive report, Lindsay explained that the student union is in the process of undergoing their yearly audit. Auditors are concerned that errors may have been made when paying taxes for non-Canadian artists and speakers in the past. The auditors are looking at the last three fiscal years to see if that is the case, according to Lindsay. The student union will know by November if they will be asked to pay the amount. 

Two more councillors resign
Two more CSU councillors have resigned, bringing the total number of councillors to quit before the first council meeting to four. Erick Ung and Stephanie Laurin ran as Your Concordia and Action candidates respectively. Ung, who was an independent student at the time and is also a full-time graphic designer, chose not to return to university this fall. Laurin is a student at the John Molson School of Business. In his report to council, chair Nick Cuillerier said Laurin submitted her resignation to concentrate on other responsibilities.

Speaker series to kick off on Friday
The student union’s first speaker series will kick off on Friday, Sept. 30 with guests activist Jaggi Singh and political economist Kari Levitt Polanyi. The event is hosted by QPIRG Concordia in collaboration with the union. VP external Chad Walcott wrote in an email that the CSU is also looking to invite independent journalist Gwynne Dyer and social justice advocate Michelle Dagnino this year, but the confirmation for the speakers was taking longer than previously expected. Walcott added that his concentration on preparing the campaign against tuition increases meant he could not put as much time into preparing the speaker series over the summer. The next event, entitled “Activism and Research in Turbulent Times,” will take place on Oct. 7.

CJLO fee levy question approved
CJLO’s ballot question for a fee levy increase was swiftly approved by council on Wednesday. Students rejected a nine cent fee levy increase for CJLO during last March’s elections, which the station attributes to the fact that their election statement did not appear with the election ballot, despite it having been requested by the chief electoral officer at the time. The wording of the ballot question remains the same as last year and has been approved to be put forward to a referendum in November. The fee levy would give CJLO a total of 34 cents per credit, as opposed to the current 25 cents. Their fee levy has not changed since 2004.

– With files from Chris Hanna

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