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Students call for judicial review of Ontario plan to allow opt-out of certain fees

A lawyer for Ontario students says a government change to how students pay certain fees threatens the autonomy of the province's colleges and universities.

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The Doug Ford government has given students the option to opt out of many supplementary fees, but groups say the option will force important services to shut down. (Grant Linton/CBC)

A lawyer for Ontario students says a government change to how students pay certain fees threatens the autonomy of the province's colleges and universities.

The Progressive Conservative government has given post-secondary students the option to opt out of many non-essential fees.

The money from such fees is used to run student clubs, newspapers, food banks and other support programs.

The province maintains students should have a choice as to which campus services they support.

But a lawyer for students tells Divisional Court that the measure is largely political.

Student groups say the so-called "Students Choice Initiative" threatens programs, and amounts to student-union busting.

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