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Free speech on campus means universities must protect the dignity of all students

Friday, October 11th, 2019

… these controversies are a demonstration of the external pressures created by movements that test the limits of democratic tolerance, and partly they reflect changes in culture which affect the internal balance of power within the university… universities must take an active stance in support of all members’ equal dignity, so that all are able to contribute to a shared mission.

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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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Ford’s failing formula: Fewer teachers, worse schools

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The government’s funding plans are “well below core education cost drivers,” the report states. They don’t keep up with inflation, let alone student population growth. So the funding situation for schools is set to get worse, not better… the Ford government’s education changes were never about making education better. They were designed to fix a provincial budget problem largely of Ford’s own making.

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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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Canada Research Chairs program announces new, more ambitious equity targets

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

After 13 years of slow progress towards its equity goals, the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program is redoubling efforts to improve diversity within the program. On July 31, the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat… announced more ambitious targets for representation of four equity-seeking groups: women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and visible minorities.

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Ontario faculty, staff, and students oppose Ford government’s “performance” funding for postsecondary institutions

Monday, September 9th, 2019

… research shows that performance funding is incapable of credibly reflecting the breadth and depth of a student’s education, the long-term benefits of basic research projects, or the contributions of a faculty or staff member. Instead, research shows that this funding model is far more likely to have negative consequences – slowly but certainly eroding the integrity of Ontario’s postsecondary education system.

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Tribunal dismisses case of Grayson Kahn, boy with autism expelled from Guelph, Ont., school

Monday, September 9th, 2019

“… parents do not have the right to dictate the accommodations which their children will be provided with to access education… While parents have the right to provide input as part of the accommodation process – which Ms. Kahn did in this case – they must accept reasonable accommodations offered by the school board…

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Trudeau government reaches agreement with Ontario to build French-language university scrapped by Ford

Monday, September 9th, 2019

… last week, Mr. Ford’s Progressive Conservative government announced it had secured half of the funding for the estimated $126-million project, and it invited Ottawa to kick in the other half. The school is expected to be located in Southwestern Ontario, and the province has said it will take eight years to be completed.

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OCUFA estimates Ford’s “performance” funding could cut university budgets by over $500 million dollars

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Performance funding… “has been shown to have numerous negative consequences, including an increased hiring of precariously employed contract faculty, a reduction in the admission of traditionally marginalized students, shorter programs with less quality control, lower graduation requirements, increased campus bureaucracy, and less institutional autonomy…”

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We need to rethink student loans across this country

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

The taxpayer already subsidizes about half the cost of post-secondary education through direct transfers to colleges and universities. It’s a 50-per-cent-off sale that cash-strapped provincial governments are struggling to keep on offer. Asking them to pay more isn’t an option on the table, nor should it be.

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