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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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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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The fearless Canadian firebrand shaking up Britain’s schools

Sunday, March 13th, 2022

… one of Britain’s top-ranked schools, free to attend and catering almost entirely to underserved low-income, minority kids… Its practices are openly assimilationist. But then again, so are most private schools, elite universities, high courts, corporate boardrooms and political legislatures. For decades, the progressive liberal elite have debated the merits of these castles in the sky while safely ensconced inside them. Meanwhile, inequality has deepened across the globe.

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Tuition should be free. Anything else imposes a regressive barrier to accessing higher education

Friday, March 11th, 2022

In 1990, just before Mike Harris unleashed his “common sense revolution,” roughly 20 per cent of Ontario universities’ operating income came from tuition. That figure is now more than 50 per cent, which means Ontario is well on its way to privatizing higher education… the federal government also contributes to inequitable access… An RESP is essentially a federal handout to the upper-middle classes — and the banks and markets that end up receiving those monies.

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Ottawa convoy protest points to a failure of civic education in Canada

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

… Canadians will get an education in civics one way or another… Will it come from a robust and informed curriculum that teaches citizens about basic institutions like parliamentary democracy, charter rights and the differences between federal and provincial jurisdiction? Or will we simply leave it to YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms to fill in the void?

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Strong, stable funding for Ontario’s Universities is an investment in Ontario’s future

Friday, February 11th, 2022

Public funding for universities in Ontario is at record low levels, while tuition fees are high, and academic work is becoming increasingly precarious… OCUFA’s recommendations are to: Increase per-student public investment… to improve Ontario’s rank by one spot among other provinces… restore the enrolment-based funding model… Implement meaningful increases to the Northern and Bilingual Grants, special purpose funding (particularly for Indigenous programming and supports), and research funding…

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Why in-person learning matters: A dispatch from the front lines

Saturday, December 18th, 2021

As pediatricians working in school-based clinics in Toronto, we have witnessed the deterioration of students’ well-being with school closures… As we confront the next wave of the pandemic, we must focus on strategies to keep schools safely open, including: supporting pediatric vaccine equity and uptake, advocating for small class sizes, and access to high-quality masks and ventilation.

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