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How affordable is a university education in your province?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

September 11, 2012
A new report… tracks the affordability of university education across Canadian provinces. The study looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since 1990, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and examines the impact on affordability for median- and low-income families using a Cost of Learning Index.

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How Corporations Behave

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

September 1, 2012
Boards of directors, outside corporate law and accounting firms, giant ratings agencies, state and federal banking regulators, and legislative and oversight committees all failed to detect or prevent abuses that led to trillion-dollar losses in pensions, millions of unemployed workers and taxpayer-funded bailouts. Why? Because they were “paid” to look the other way, through lucrative fees, campaign contributions or future employment opportunities. Individual and institutional shareholders didn’t restrain the corporate bosses because over the decades corporate managers have rendered shareholders powerless.

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Mental health nurse improving emerg outcomes

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

13 August 2012
Results of the pilot project include 31 cases where care in the community was organized thus avoiding hospital admission, 87 cases in which medication management issues were identified and corrected, and 68 cases where aggressive behaviour in the emergency department was reduced or eliminated. The presence of the liaison nurse also led to the reduction of the average length of stay in the emergency department for mental health care patients… the liaison nurse role has also helped shorten the inpatient length of stay

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‘Wealth equals health,’ Canadian doctors say

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

13 August 2012
Canadians earning less than $30,000 a year and have less than a high school education were more likely to describe their health as fair or poor, 16 per cent, compared with those earning $60,000 or more, six per cent, and those with a university degree or higher, seven per cent… 45 per cent, said there is too much to know about healthy eating… The same was true for physical activity levels and income… More than one in five Canadians… said they’d delayed or cancelled a dentist appointment because of financial concerns.

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Canada: How’s Life?

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

June 2012
Voter turnout, a measure of public trust in government and of citizens’ participation in the political process, was 60% during recent elections; this figure is lower than the OECD average of 73%. Social and economic status also affect voting rates; voter turnout for the top 20% of the population is 62% and for the bottom 20% it is 56%, in line with the OECD average gap of 7%… In general; Canadians are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average, with 80% of people saying they have more positive experiences in an average day… than negative ones

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With PSE funding, Ontario treads water…at the bottom of the ocean

Friday, June 15th, 2012

June 14, 2012
For 2010-11, per student funding was 34 per cent lower than in the rest of Canada, the same gap as 2009-10. Ontario remains dead last in terms of public operating funding per student… The latest provincial budget promises to maintain support for enrolment increases through a separate funding envelope, even as it calls for funding reductions in other areas. But without increases to base operating funding, the net effect – especially after adjusting for inflation – will be to reduce the level of per student funding further.

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On student-to-faculty rations, Ontario goes from worst to even worse

Friday, April 27th, 2012

April 26, 2012
Since the mid-1990s, Ontario has had the worst student-to-faculty ratio in Canada. While the number of students per full-time faculty member in other provinces hovered around 20-1, the Ontario ratio rose from 22-1 in the fall of 2000 to 27-1 by 2005-06 as the “double cohort” entered the university system… Even if universities hired as many full-time faculty as they planned in their Multi-Year Accountability Agreements (and the evidence to date suggests they have not), the ratio is now approaching 28 students for each full-time faculty member… to preserve the quality of higher education in Ontario, we need to hire new full-time faculty – and we need to start doing it now.

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“A Tale of Two Reports” [Poverty in Ontario]

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

March 12, 2012
Poverty does not just happen. There are things that we do in society that create poverty and inequality. And there are things we can do to reduce poverty and inequality. Therefore, to respect the letter and the spirit of Ontario’s landmark poverty reduction act, passed with unanimous support from all parties in the legislature, we call for these changes to the 2012 Ontario Budget: raise social assistance rates to at least cover the rise in the cost of living; immediately implement the full Ontario Child Benefit; – do not make structural changes to social assistance programs before hearing the recommendations from the Social Assistance Review Commissioners.

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Calling a cut an ‘increase’

Friday, April 6th, 2012

April 5, 2012
Per student funding has in fact been in decline since the financial crisis hit in 2008-09. The budget does nothing to help. By 2014-15, OCUFA projects that public operating funding for universities will drop by 16 per cent. This is a huge loss in revenue that, if left unfilled, will damage the quality of higher education in Ontario. History tells us that institutions will attempt to fill the gap with higher tuition fees, continuing the unsustainable shift of costs onto students.

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Drummond Commission report: countering cutbacks in Ontario

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Feb. 17, 2012
In the wake of the Drummond report on reforming Ontario’s public services—which includes 362 recommended reforms to balance the books by 2018—CCPA Research Associates share their analyses… [articles by Erin Weir, Karen Foster, and Jimm Stanford].

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