Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Ryerson's campus-community radio station, saddled with almost a $200,000 debt, is being threatened with a temporary shutdown.
CKLN Radio Incorporated was served with an injunction application by ex-board member Mary Young shortly before the annual general meeting (AGM) on Oct. 28. Following this, CKLN board members attended a hearing at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Nov. 2.
"Anyone who wants to take us down should be prepared for a bitter fight," said Ron Nelson, interim chair of CKLN's board, at the AGM.
CKLN has received a $20,000 advance in student fees from the Ryerson Students' Union for legal counsel, said Toby Whitfield, vice-president finance and services. The remaining $290,000 will be given once their fee agreement is updated.
The application outlines an order to restrain actions by CKLN, including broadcasting content, until a new board of directors is elected. CKLN should cease to operate until this election is done or upon a court order. In an affidavit filed by Young supporting this case, it states that the election for the current board earlier in July was illegal. She refrained comment on the case.
"CKLN is vulnerable right now and people are trying to kick us when we're down, when we have no money, no lawyer, no insurance and we're basically getting on our feet for the first time," Nelson told the Eyeopener.