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Subjects of the New Corporate University: The Sabotage of Laurentian University

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Fully half of the university’s programs, developed over 61 years, were eliminated… Laurentian University’s administration won an insolvency court’s permission to restructure the university in order to close less “popular” programs, in the name of achieving financial solvency… three of Canada’s ‘Big Six’ banks – RBC, TD-Canada Trust, and Bank of Montreal – have a vote on a restructured university plan, but faculty (no mention of the phrase ‘collegial governance’ has been hinted at) and students have no voice, no vote, and won’t be consulted in any genuine way.

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A University in Tatters

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

InsideHigherEd.com – news April 29, 2021.   By Colleen Flaherty Laurentian University’s financial insolvency leads to 110 faculty layoffs and grave questions about the future of the institution and its three federated universities — including one of Canada’s oldest Indigenous studies programs. ONTARIO CONFEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY FACULTY ASSOCIATIONS Department by department, 100 faculty members at Laurentian […]

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Universities are dying while businesses are being bailed out by government

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

We need to demand decent levels of government funding for all Ontario universities, especially underfunded Northern Ontario universities, which collectively receive only 4.2 per cent of all Ontario university students. Even a one-percent boost, encouraged by subsidized residences and meal plans would have meant a guaranteed future for Laurentian, and would have avoided this current crisis.

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Supporters fight to keep midwifery program in northern Ontario

Monday, April 26th, 2021

… approximately 27 per cent of families who choose midwifery care are unable to access it — and far more so in the north… in northern Ontario, some 60 per cent of midwives are Laurentian graduates, and more than 90 per cent of Francophone midwives practising in places such as Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Hearst and Attawapiskat First Nation… the program was in the black this year and that a petition to keep it going has more than 20,000 signatures.

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Laurentian University crisis a story of political interference and defunding of education

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

After Romano’s hatchet job, what’s left standing is a business plan barely disguised as an educational mandate…. The grim reality is that Laurentian isn’t an isolated case. When you squeeze public funding from universities, administrators turn to revenue sources that are unstable, and threaten equitable access, academic freedom and quality. Increasingly, universities have had to rely on tuition, the labour of underpaid contract instructors, international students and private donors to replace government funding.

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OCUFA calls for resignation of Ross Romano amid devastating cuts to jobs and programs at Laurentian University

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

The financial crisis facing Laurentian was created by the provincial government, which has chronically underfunded Ontario’s universities, cut and froze tuition fees without providing equivalent public funding, and abandoned an important Northern university in its greatest moment of need… Romano has demonstrated the same resistance to consultation, transparency, and accountability as the Laurentian administration.

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Laurentian University is in peril, and it’s not alone. Governments have systematically underfunded universities and colleges across the country for decades

Sunday, April 11th, 2021

It is not due to faculty salaries, as the number of full-time faculty has actually declined over the last decade. Nor is it due to enrolment which has remained stable over the last decade… In addition to the government funding drought… campus modernization has left Laurentian with big mortgages on still half-empty buildings… [Laurentian] provides jobs for around 1,000 people, educates over 9,000 students and undertakes world-class research.

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2021 budget a missed opportunity to invest in Ontario’s future

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

The budget doesn’t increase operating grants for universities, which continues the chronic underfunding of Ontario’s public university system. Under the Ford government, per-student funding for universities will drop even further, as institutions will be expected to increase enrolment over the next three years without any additional money… further destabilizing a sector already reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and jeopardizing our economic recovery.

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Nipissing University Faculty Association supports Laurentian University

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

“This process was designed for private corporations, and the precedent set by allowing a public institution, funded by the Province, to declare insolvency and enter the CCAA could not be more troubling: if a public university can be dismantled by a secretive, closed-door process intended for private businesses, then why not any other public institution?  “A Crown corporation, perhaps?  Or a hospital? 

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Laurentian left off of list of schools sharing in $106M pot of provincial dollars

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

“The crisis at Laurentian University would have been avoided if this government did its job and properly funded Ontario’s universities,” said OCUFA president RahulSapra. “Not only did the policies of this government push Laurentian over the edge, but Minister Romano knew about Laurentian’s precarious financial position at least six months beforehand, which gave him more than enough time to provide the university with the financial support it needed…”

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