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    Ontario tuition high, but still affordable

    … tuition in Ontario might appear higher than other jurisdictions, [but] it’s critical to consider the supports students receive to offset the cost of tuition through one of the most progressive and robust student assistance programs in Canada. Our government issued around $1.3 billion in grants and loans last year, and 70 per cent of that assistance was money that students won’t have to repay… Ontario undergraduate students graduate with the third lowest public and private debt.

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    Sex ed curriculum strikes blow to rape culture

    What would it look like if instead of — or at least alongside — rape culture we learned about a culture of consent? This is part of what’s being proposed by the Ontario Education Ministry in its new sex education curriculum… that you have to ask someone if they want to have sex, and they have to answer positively… It’s teaching kids that they have a choice. It’s teaching them that they are agents when it comes to sex, not passive objects

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    Ontario should ensure benefits of fundraising are shared with kids in poor schools

    Education officials should… share the wealth by putting a reasonable limit on unfettered fundraising. Once they reached that level, affluent school supporters could continue raising money, but a percentage of the subsequent revenue would go into a fund to be shared by schools in poorer areas… engaged parents would still be encouraged to raise funds and… a good share of the money (perhaps 50 per cent) would flow to disadvantaged children who stand to benefit most from extracurricular activities.

  • Education prescription misses the mark

    He clearly insists that the essential purpose of our educational system is to funnel our young people to the right place in the marketplace so they might “get an economic foothold.” Ironic perhaps, when one considers that this country’s private sector spends 40 per cent less than all other developed countries in employee training. It appears that corporate tax cuts of almost 50 per cent over the last 30 years still do not allow for such inane responsibilities. Better to co-opt the publicly funded educational system, so that eventually no training costs need be incurred in the private sector.

  • Who’s the customer in higher education? We all are

    The internal debate between the unions and the university administrators is over how to divide the current pot… the TAs and contract profs versus managers, fancy facilities etc. But the public’s stake is rather different… as long as universities need those revenues, they’ll respond with short-term accommodations… universities will never be good job placement agencies. Those tasks belong to business and governments.

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    Canada’s Forgotten Law on Free, Universal Higher Ed

    n May 1976, Canada became a signatory to the UN’s International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Among many other rights, by signing the Covenant, Canada endorsed Article 13, recognizing “the right of everyone to an education.” With clause 2(c), we agreed that “higher education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular by the progressive introduction of free education.” … instead of seeing progressive reductions in tuition and other post-secondary costs, we’ve seen them relentlessly rise for almost 40 years — as the result of deliberate government policy.

  • ‘Work-integrated learning’ should replace unpaid internships

    … co-ops, internships, field placements, and others – can improve the “fit” between education and employment and help students achieve their long-term career goals. They are particularly valuable to connect disadvantaged youth to the labour market, and enable new immigrants to gain Canadian experience. They also offer significant benefits to employers, providing a ready-made talent pool for recruitment efforts, and strengthening connections with post-secondary institutions.

  • Harris-Era Hangovers

    CCPA Research… gives an overview of the chronic underfunding that school boards across Ontario, but Toronto in particular, have been struggling to deal with for almost two decades. Until the province deals with the flawed nature of the funding formula itself, Mackenzie predicts more headaches for Ontario school boards.

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    Ontario promises to increase student aid by rate of inflation

    Some 330,000 college and university students across Ontario receive financial aid jointly from Ottawa and Queen’s Park, but the most a typical single student has been eligible to borrow has been capped at $12,240 annually since 2010… Unlike the current rules, which require such a student to repay the entire student debt before getting a fresh loan, the new program will let them earn their way back into good standing by making a show of good faith over six months, by paying back the outstanding interest from missed payments plus a portion of the principle, and then returning to a more gentle repayment plan.

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    Public funds shouldn’t pay for Catholic schools in secular Ontario

    From a principled perspective… it simply does not make sense to continue singling out a sole religion for public support… Sorbara, a Catholic himself… is now pressing for Ontario to follow the lead of Quebec and Newfoundland… Within a secular context, it is easy to imagine an Ontario curriculum embedded with a comparative “beliefs” opportunity for building understanding and empathy regarding different religions. Strengthening a collective “commons” by fostering deeper respect for our differences is the right pathway.