By Samantha Sim
Two Ryerson students are suing an employee of the Student Campus Centre (SCC) and three campus organizations for a total of $800, 000. The lawsuit filed on Jan. 28 alleges libel, slander, defamation of character and harassment.
Donna Ryder, a candidate for VP Equity at the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) and full-time social work student, and Frank Nyitray, a part-time image arts student, are suing the RSU, the Palin Foundation (an organization that runs the SCC), Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR), and Eric Newstadt, general manager of the SCC.
Ryder alleges that Newstadt is physically barring her from entering the SCC and that he has “banned” Nyitray.
Ryder, who uses an electric wheelchair, said the RSU is forcing her to give up some of her human rights by keeping her from using her attendant, Nyitray.
“I’m comfortable and safe with [Nyitray],” says Ryder.
However, Imre Juurlink, supervisor of Ryerson emergency and security services, said only security has the ability to enforce a ban, and that
security has not physically barred
Ryder from the SCC.
CESAR president, Mohammad Ali Aumeer, and RSU president, Toby Whitfield, had no comment on the lawsuit, citing that the matter is
before the courts.
Ryder says the timing of the lawsuit has nothing to do with the
upcoming student election starting, which began Feb. 7.
This isn’t the first time Ryder and Nyitray have butted heads with the RSU. In December 2009, the two were a part of a group of former community service group employees who sued RSU executives, including Whitfield, for $70,000 in damages.
They filed seven claims in total of libel, slander, defamation and vilification, but settled in mediation in March 2010.
Ryder and Nyitray sue Toby Whitfield, VP of Finance and Services at the time, and other RSU executives for $70,000 in damages. They file seven claims in total for libel, slander, defamation and vilification.
Ryder and Nyitray settle with the RSU, in mediation, for an undisclosed amount of money.
Ryder joins the RSU election race for VP of Equity.
January 28, 2011
Ryder and Nyitray file a lawsuit against the RSU, the Palin Foundation, Eric Newstadt, the SCC and CESAR. They’ve accused the organizations of libel, slander, defamation of character and harassment. They are looking for $800,000 in damages.