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We need to talk about this in Ontario. But we probably won’t

Friday, November 15th, 2019

“Because my wife has French-language rights, and because we’re Catholic, I get to choose between four different schools to send my kids to. The other 70 per cent of Ontarians don’t get that choice… They can only go to an English public school. How is that fair for anyone?” … Parents are struggling with all manner of cuts and shortcomings to their children’s education… a lot of people will tell you it’s because we have multiple boards.

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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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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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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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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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Universities, colleges should be tuition free in Ontario

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

If Ontario aspires to close its wealth gap… its universities and colleges should scrap their tuitions… Many leading world economies charge none, like Germany, France, and Sweden… University should be free, above all because it is an important component of the social safety net, like health care… a no-tuition policy would be more flexible than government bursaries and loans…

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The Ford government’s education cuts are setting kids up to fail

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

The class cancellations and reductions… have everything to do with the Ford government’s decision to fix a provincial budget problem of its own making on the backs of students. It has substantially increased high school class sizes — from 22 to 28 students on average — and will fund thousands of fewer teacher positions… The Ford government cuts will hurt struggling students, gifted students and generally make school a lot less interesting for all students

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OSAP offers have arrived, and students are stunned at the numbers

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Lowering tuition would help all students across the province, the government has argued. But some students say reductions to grants mean they’re actually further behind. The issue has generated a Twitter storm as students posted comparisons of what they will be getting this year compared with last… Ross Romano, the new minister of training, colleges and universities, said the government is committed to restoring financial sustainability to OSAP…

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