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Toby Whitfield


Ryerson Students' Union

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Ryerson Students' Union

55 Gould Street

Toronto, Ontario,M5B 1E9


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RyePRIDE is an Equity Service Group of the Ryerson Students' Union (RSU). It represents the Queer and Trans voices of Ryerson University, including: gay, lesbian, bisexual, two spirited, trans, intersex, queer and questioning. RyePRIDE offers education, advo... more

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Ryerson Students' Union - RSU Info > The Executive [cached]

Toby Whitfield
President: (416) 979-5255, ext. 2324 Name: Toby Whitfield, President Phone Number: (416) 979-5255, ext. 2324 Email

As Ryerson Students' Union president Toby Whitfield prepares to head to his new job for the Canadian Federation of Students, his successor is another darling of the advocacy giant.
For the past five years, RSU executive seats have been filled by CFS-friendly candidates.

In February 2008, Muhammad Ali Jabbar, along with Toby Whitfield, Rebecca Rose and Mal Sampa signed a list of RSU election promises....
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transcript from CRTC hearing on CKLN [cached]

2740 - Toby Whitfield, two over, who is a Board member as well as president of the Ryerson Student Union.
2799 Mr Whitfield is present today and can go into more detail about the actions of the RSU and the Palin Foundation during the question period. 2835 Bryce Seefieldt is a volunteer representative on the Board, and Toby Whitfield is the Ryerson student union representative on the Board, and is also the Present of the Ryerson student union. 2851 MR. WHITFIELD: That is probably with the exception of me. I hold the RSU seat on the Board, but I also work full-time as the president of the students' union. So I probably spend the least time dedicated to CKLN on the Board, and don't usually dedicate that many hours a week to the Board. 2852 But, I guess, in my role as president of the students' union, that's the way I fulfil it. 2853 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mr. Whitfield, maybe you could answer a question from me that I was going to ask you later on, but since you have the mic on -- what is the relationship between yourself, the RSU and the administration of the university itself? 2854 MR. WHITFIELD: The way that it works is that the students' union is separately incorporated as an individual organization, so we exist within the Ryerson community, but separately from the university administration. 2858 MR. WHITFIELD: No, I don't. 2859 THE CHAIRPERSON: Does Ryerson University, in any way, confirm their support for CKLN, directly or indirectly? 2860 MR. WHITFIELD: I wouldn't be able to speak on behalf of the university. 2864 MR. WHITFIELD: Essentially, the way the CKLN fee came about was through a campus-wide referendum many years ago. 2868 MR. LEHRER: If I could add something -- and perhaps Mr. Whitfield could correct me if I am wrong. 2974 Any employee you wanted to hire, all you had to do was walk into Mr. Whitfield's office and say, is there money sitting there to pay me at some point in time? And I gather he would have said, there is an obligation by the university to collect that money and it is sitting there. 2988 THE CHAIRPERSON: Mr. Whitfield, you mentioned earlier that you are not here to support or to confirm that Ryerson University supports the endeavours of CKLN. Why is that? 2989 MR. WHITFIELD: I don't represent Ryerson University. 2995 MR. WHITFIELD: I would have to check back. But from my recollection, it was maybe middle 1980s, maybe around 1985. And then again I believe in 1992 I think, but it could have been 1998 when the successful referenda passed. 2996 THE CHAIRPERSON: And there hasn't been another one since? 2997 MR. WHITFIELD: Not to my knowledge. 2998 THE CHAIRPERSON: Is there a process under which Ryerson University engages in these types of referenda to see what students are supporting in the way of RSU activities? 2999 MR. WHITFIELD: My understanding from the university in this discussion is that they wouldn't hold a referendum, for example, to ask students if they continue to support CKLN today. 3003 MR. WHITFIELD: No, not at all. 3006 MR. WHITFIELD: Yes. 3007 THE CHAIRPERSON: Do you attend their meetings regularly? 3008 MR. WHITFIELD: Most recently I haven't been attending regularly. I found that having maybe over regular scheduled board of directors meetings has caused a conflict for me to be able to attend. 3009 THE CHAIRPERSON: In the last 12 months how many meetings were there and how many have you attended? 3010 MR. WHITFIELD: I couldn't give you numbers on either of those off the top of my head. But most recently, I think meetings are maybe once a week. I probably have maybe attended one or two since September. 3011 THE CHAIRPERSON: And since last September? 3012 MR. WHITFIELD: I couldn't give you a number off the top of my head. We take attendance sometimes, but since it has become a working board everyone attends that are here now, with the exception of Toby. Toby's obligations do keep him away from most of our CKLN board meetings traditionally. 3015 THE CHAIRPERSON: There is only seven of you or nine of you in total. Think back over the last 12 months and give me, in order of magnitude, as to what per cent of those board meetings Mr. Whitfield attended. 3016 MR. LEHRER: As I recall, Mr. Whitfield attended I think it was in late August, so one meeting this year. 3021 MR. WHITFIELD: I think what you are referring is decisions of the PALIN Foundation, which is the I guess main tenant or main operator of the student campus centre to which CKLN exists or has space in. 3027 MR. WHITFIELD: In terms of space the space for CKLN exists within the operating agreement that four different groups have signed onto to essentially create the students' centre. 3030 MR. WHITFIELD: Well, I think that the challenge is essentially to analyze what the current situation is. 3034 MR. WHITFIELD: I think what I would first try to do is to attempt to have some mediation between the parties, which I think is a useful first step in the situation, given the fact that there is different groups that occupy and share space in the building. 3076 MR. LEHRER: If there is a full board, then no, because we would only make up four people in terms of the board, and there are four students and Toby who would be a majority. 3167 THE CHAIRPERSON: You talk about a zero balance and, again, I come back to the statement that I made earlier and that you confirmed, and that is -- or Mr. Whitfield confirmed, and that is student fees are guaranteed. 3257 MR. WHITFIELD: Fourteen. 3456 Can you confirm, Mr. Whitfield, with respect to the money received through student fees, are there any conditions at all placed on that money? 3457 MR. WHITFIELD: I think, maybe, the only condition is that they follow their bylaws and the Corporations Act and that sort of thing, which is a condition placed on them by the university. 3459 MR. WHITFIELD: No, we don't put conditions on programming and that sort of thing. 3647 MR. WHITFIELD: So the Ryerson Students' Union is separate from Ryerson. 3652 MR. WHITFIELD: Sorry, in the spring/summer of 2009 there was elections, so -- 3654 MR. WHITFIELD: So, for example, community members are able to elect representatives for the community, staff, volunteer reps are able to elect their representatives, so those were the electors. 3659 Mr. Whitfield, you are saying that because of that electoral process, the student's union felt satisfied that they were actually dealing with a real board? 3660 MR. WHITFIELD: That is correct. 3666 I had a discussion this morning with Mr. Whitfield with regard to the role of Ryerson University. And he said in the morning he couldn't speak on their behalf. I guess I will ask the question a little differently. 3667 Mr. Whitfield, are you aware of any issues that Ryerson University has as it relates to CKLN FM? 3668 MR. WHITFIELD: I am not aware of any issues or issues that they put out publicly, no.

press clippings about CFS [cached]

At a services committee meeting on Thursday Ryerson Student Union VP Finance Toby Whitfield introduced a motion to restrict blogging and the use of social networking site Twitter by this reporter, who was taking notes on a pad of paper at the time.
At the closing plenary session, despite the presence of several bloggers and extensive use of Twitter by delegates, with around 100 Twitter posts an hour, Whitfield called for The Concordian reporter and McGill Daily coordinating news editor Erin Hale, not to act as reporters during the session, saying it would violation of the federation's bylaws. Toby Whitfield, VP Finance and Services and President-elect of the Ryerson Student Union, has been spotted campaigning for the Stronger Together slate at Sidney Smith. In a video uploaded to YouTube, he is accused of ripping down event posters put up by EFUT, the U of T French Club...How can a slate that claims to be on the side of U of T justify this kind of outside interference? How can a slate that claims to care about the campus experience stand behind a campaigner who tears down posters advertising a clubs event? Not only should U of T students be up-in-arms about the interference by students from other universities in our elections, but Ryerson students should be outraged that Whitfield is spending his entire workday campaigning for Adam Awad and the status quo slate at U of T, while collecting a salary of $27,000 from the Ryerson Student Union. Who does Whitfield really work for? It is all about good old Ryerson, Toby Whitfield, etc. In early 2009, Whitfield was elected as VP Finance & Services with 680 votes. No, I didn't miss a zero. That is six hundred and eighty votes. In a school of over 31,000. In early 2010, Whitfield won his term as president, with "just under 50 per cent" of the 3,100 votes cast. So, with a 10% voter turnout (wow!!!) not even a majority of them voted for Whitfield ­ he got about 5% of the student body to vote for him. Trouble is, Whitfield really was found to be interfering in UTSU elections. He was even caught on tape ripping down opposition slate's posters! Loreto dismisses this as Whitfield simply "support[ing] his friends". Thanks to this tactic, you will never hear Loreto explaining why 5% is a "strong mandate" for Whitfield, but 10% isn't nearly enough for a defederation campaign.

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