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Strike-averting deal with Ontario education workers includes $20M to bring back laid off support staff

Monday, October 7th, 2019

The provincial government will spend $20 million a year to ensure support staff who were laid off last month return to Ontario schools — and remain there for the next three years — and another $58 million annually to help create more support for special education students… educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians and office staff — also retained all sick day benefits…

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International education in Canada is booming — but the system is flawed. Here’s how to fix it

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Part 1 of the Price of Admission series looks at how international students have increasingly been used as a key source of revenue to prop up an underfunded Canadian education system. Part 2 examines how one Ontario college scrambled to deal with a crisis on campus in the wake of a surge in international enrolment. Part 3 explores how international students, desperate to stay here permanently, are sometimes exploited by employers.

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Ontario to cut tuition fees by 10 per cent

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

The province is set to announce a 10 per cent cut in university and college tuition fees, according to government documents obtained by the Star… The proposed changes to the Tuition Fee Framework would remain in effect for the next two academic years. In the 2019-20 school year, tuition would drop by 10 per cent from current levels, and would remain frozen for the 2020-21 year.

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Increase welfare to decrease hunger, inquiry hears

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Nov 23 2010
“(Hunger) is a serious problem and all indications are it’s getting worse,” University of Toronto public health professor Valerie Tarasuk told the inquiry, which was hosted by the Recession Relief Coalition. “It can’t be fixed without addressing the income problem,” said Tarasuk. “The ripple effect is gigantic and I don’t think we’ve begun to calculate those costs.”… There is a strong link between housing costs and hunger… the Daily Bread Food Bank… has seen a 16 per cent jump in food bank visits in the past year — the largest increase since social assistance rates were cut in 1995.

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