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I’m a university student, and I support the return of Grade 13. Here’s why

Saturday, May 21st, 2022

A great portion of Grade 12 students feel completely lost, with no clue of what they want in a career, let alone university major… University is neither cheap nor easy — why rush into it if you’re not emotionally or financially ready? …extra time in high school to reflect on what you want would make a huge difference… What I’d like to know is what makes this new Grade 13 distinct from essentially repeating Grade 12 with a “victory lap.”

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Children across Canada deserve a professional early childhood education workforce

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

Children depend on educators who are skilled and knowledgeable… Decent work for Canada’s child-care workforce should be more than just a slogan; it must be the foundation of Canada’s early learning and child-care plan to ensure that children receive the high-quality care they deserve. 

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Ontario university faculty and academic librarians give a failing grade to Ford’s election budget

Friday, April 29th, 2022

… the government admits it is likely to spend $685 million less on postsecondary education in 2021-22 than planned, as the Ford government ignores the needs of the sector and takes a free ride on the back of increased federal transfers. The money the Ford government is “saving” should not be going back into government coffers to be used for the many regressive tax credits included in this budget…

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Are there ever really ‘financial reasons’ to fire faculty? Laurentian University, academic freedom, and the disciplining of the professoriate

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Academic Matters.ca April 2022.   By Honor Brabazon, St. Jerome’s University The 2020–21 academic year saw two incidents of Ontario professors being effectively fired: the termination of 116 of the 345 professors at Laurentian University in an unprecedented use of the Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act (CCAA) at a public institution and the donor interference that […]

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Auditor General of Ontario finds Laurentian manufactured financial crisis, government ignored warning signs

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

… the university’s financial crisis resulted from secretive and deficient governance practices and the Ford government’s failure to step in and support the institution when its financial needs became clear.  The Auditor General found that the use of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) was inappropriate and unneeded and that, instead, the university should have worked collegially… to address the institution’s financial challenges.

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Ontario colleges will be able to offer three-year degree programs for the first time

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022

Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop said new programs will train people for sectors experiencing workforce shortages; positions in demand include technology workers in health care, digital, data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and process automation… New three-year applied degree programs must be career-oriented and distinct from university degrees; they’ll be reviewed by a quality assessment board and require the minister’s approval. The province expects new programs will be launched by fall 2023.

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Laurentian, province broke act while cutting French programs, report finds 

Friday, April 1st, 2022

The report determined Laurentian and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities were focused on Laurentian’s financial difficulties, while the Ministry of Francophone Affairs failed to take an active role. This led to a situation where no one was ensuring the protection of language rights under the French Language Services Act… Laurentian said it welcomed the report and would work with the two ministries to implement the recommendations.

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French language programs at Laurentian should be restored following report exposing failures by university and Ford government

Friday, April 1st, 2022

… OCUFA is calling for the 28 French language programs cut by the university to be restored. Further, in recognition of its responsibilities to protect minority French speaking communities across the country, the Federal government should immediately pass legislation to ensure the CCAA and its counterpart, the Bankruptcy Insolvency Act, cannot be invoked by other public institutions who might use it to cut similar programs and services for French speaking populations.

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New Poll: Increased university funding, good jobs, more student aid should be priorities of next Ontario government

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

Although 81 per cent of Ontarians believe that all eligible students should have access to a university education, two out of three (68 per cent) are concerned that today’s young people might not be able to afford a university education due to the cost and 52 per cent believe that the provincial government offers too little financial support to students wanting to attend… 61 per cent of Ontarians support replacing government student loans with grants that do not have to be repaid.

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Cash-strapped Laurentian says tuition freeze no surprise

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

OCUFA said the tuition freeze “will provide much needed short-term relief for students struggling to make ends meet, but it is a far cry from the commitment to university revitalization that Ontario needs.” It said an investment of $12.9 billion over the next five years is needed to bring Ontario up to the average level of per-student funding in Canada.

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