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Trudeau government outlines five-year, $148-million plan to attract more foreign students to Canadian universities

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

The government is targeting countries with a large and growing middle class that may not yet have the higher-education capacity to educate all their students, or where the prospect of a Canadian education in English or French holds appeal… The strategy also allocates $95-million to encourage Canadian students to study and build ties abroad, particularly in Asia and Latin America, rather than the common destinations of the U.S., Britain and Australia.

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Laurentian University to waive tuition for students who grew up in child welfare system

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Laurentian University is offering to waive tuition for students who have been in the child welfare system, regardless of their age, the latest addition to a movement that aims to provide more educational opportunities to former kids in care. The program, in conjunction with grants from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), will cover the full cost of tuition for low-income students who have spent at least one year in the care of a children’s aid society.

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In a push for diversity, medical schools overhaul how they select Canada’s future doctors

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Ninety-two per cent of NOSM students have grown up in Northern Ontario, and the other 8 per cent are from rural and remote parts of the rest of Canada. About 2 per cent of applicants are Indigenous, but in the past few years the selection system has been tweaked to increase the number of successful Indigenous applicants, including giving them training to succeed in the interview process.

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New proposal from Doug Ford government would force senior professors to work for no salary

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Under regulations proposed in the budget bill, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities would be given unprecedented power to unilaterally cut the salary of anyone employed at a postsecondary institution who is also drawing a pension. But in order to do so, the ministry would likely have to override collective agreements and essentially force professors who are still working past 71 to do so for no pay, except for the pension to which they’re already entitled. .

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Ontario Tories rolling back Liberal-era student-aid reform

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Ontario is reversing unexpectedly costly student financing initiatives, cutting tuition and allowing students to opt out of campus fees as part of a package of changes to postsecondary education funding that drew criticism from students and universities… The loss of tuition revenue for the schools will not be covered by the government, and universities and colleges will need to adjust their budgets. Ms Fullerton said the changes might mean a budget gap of 2 per cent to 4 per cent at most schools.

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Ontario goes it alone on immigration, says Ottawa’s policy hurts province

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Mar. 02, 2012
… although Ontario remains by far the largest recipient of new immigrants in Canada, it has suffered as a result of changes to immigration policy. The rapid growth of provincial nominee programs has drawn immigrants away from Ontario to the West and Atlantic Canada… In 2009, Ontario’s share of immigrant landings sank to its lowest level in nearly 30 years. Part of that may be related to its economic decline. But the province is laying part of the blame at the feet of the federal bureaucracy, which the Ontario government claims has tens of thousands of Ontario-bound applicants in its backlogs.

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Stephen Harper’s census and his vision for Canada

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Feb. 05, 2012
Harper said Canada’s aging population threatens our cherished social programs. He thrust obscure stats such as the old-age-dependency ratio to centre stage, promised to overhaul our immigration system and strongly hinted at raising the age of eligibility for old-age security. These are transformative changes… Atlantic Canada is aging and Ontario’s share of immigration is tumbling. A failure to deal with either of those could have major economic consequences… his vision demanded that every province be treated the same. The danger of that philosophy is it could make them more different than ever.

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Prime Minister Harper unveils grand plan to reshape Canada

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Jan. 27, 2012
Mr. Harper portrayed his agenda as a fix for a generation – a fix he claimed is necessary to confront the challenges of an aging population. Canada’s demographics, he warned, pose “a threat to the social programs and services that Canadians cherish.” Preserving those social programs will likely mean cuts elsewhere… he plans to make Canada’s old-age security program sustainable. What that means is unclear. He did not spell out whether seniors will have to wait longer to receive the benefit or whether clawbacks would be increased for higher income earners.

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Canada near top in integrating immigrants, survey says

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Feb. 28, 2011
Canada place third behind Sweden and Portugal on the latest Migrant Integration Policy Index, a benchmark European study that measures a range of indicators, from political engagement and paths to citizenship to public education. Canada’s ranking crept up two places from fifth two years ago, due largely to government efforts to recognize the credentials of foreign-trained professionals and to the addition of education measures that gave high marks to the multicultural model.

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The rich really are getting richer

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Dec. 01, 2010
… after the Second World War, Canadian society distributed income in an increasingly level fashion… That trend was reversed over the past 30 years… (when) the richest 0.1 per cent almost tripled their income share and the richest 0.01 per cent increased their share fivefold. Median incomes, meanwhile, have been stagnant… Ms. Yalnizyan said in the long run the trend toward income concentration seems… politically and economically unsustainable. “You can’t keep growing an underclass that plays by all the rules, gets a better education, works more and doesn’t get ahead”

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