UWSA Supports New Recreation Centre Referendum

Moussa Hamadani, president of the University of Windsor Students' Alliance, attends the regular meeting of the board on December 8, 2016. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

A year later and the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance wants a new referendum on the issue of the proposed $73-million Lancer Sport and Recreation Centre.

The student group decided its referendum results from a year ago, which supported the fees attached to the new facility, was invalid after sitting on the shelf for too long before any action on the project was taken.

UWSA President Moussa Hamadani wants to ensure students have a fair shot to vote on the big ticket item.

“This happens to be now a requirement for the UWSA in order to carry forward with the LSRC work,” says Hamadani. “The new referendum has to happen since the old referendum was invalidated.

The board approved a new policy at its Thursday meeting which will see referenda results stand for six months. There was no prior stipulation.

Hamadani calls the board’s decision to support a new referendum a big moment.

“It being a big moment for what the UWSA is able to do and how we are able to ensure democratic processes,” says Hamadani. “How we are able to ensure that we represent, advocate and service our students to the best of our abilities.”

Hamadani says the board’s support for a new referendum on the recreation centre issue will be publicly published and given to the steering committee attached to the project.

No dates for a new referendum have been set.

Despite the necessary votes of support from the three student associations within the last 13 months — the UWSA, the Graduate Student Society and the Organization of Part-Time University Students — the project has yet to be ratified.