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"Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East has booked an appearance by Dr. Norman Finkelstein (Israel and Palestine: Past, Present and Future) on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Mohawk's Fennell Campus. In addition to a $400 room rental fee, Mohawk requires the event organizers to pay $1,500 in security costs. Mohawk believes this a reasonable amount to pay for the safety of students, staff and visitors. We also believe Ontario taxpayers and our students should not be paying the security costs and subsidizing guest speakers. Mohawk's Security team developed the security plan for this event, taking into account the number of college security staff who typically work on Saturday evenings and the interest this event has generated in the community. The safety of students, staff and visitors is our first priority and $1,500 is a reasonable price for organizers to pay." -- Jay Robb, Director of Communications, Mohawk College