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Feds pledge $1.9 million to keep L’Université de l’Ontario open until 2020

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The federal government is committing nearly $2 million to keep hopes for L’Université de l’Ontario alive even though the provincial government has cancelled funding for the project… The provincial government would have to pay 50 per cent of total costs, but federal programs have the “flexibility” to cover startup costs in the first years as long as a provincial contribution is made in subsequent years, Joly wrote.

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Ontario government cancels plans for province’s first official Francophone university

Friday, November 16th, 2018

The Ontario government has cancelled plans to open the province’s first Francophone university despite having promised to do so during the election campaign and shortly after taking office… Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, said in a statement that the government is committed to supporting existing French-language postsecondary programs, but could not proceed with the proposal because of spending constraints.

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University leaders can add but they don’t like subtracting

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

… the enormous amount of money that the province has poured into universities over the past several decades was largely a response to an increase in the undergraduate population, but universities did not use that money to benefit primarily undergraduates. Rather, universities poured that money disproportionately into research… yet the fact is that over half of all undergraduate students are now being taught by sessionals.

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Doug Ford was right to cancel funding for new Ontario university campuses

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

The province’s own University Sustainability data (2017), published by the Higher Education Quality Council, concludes that the Ontario population of 18- to 20-year-olds (the age at which the majority of students enter universities and colleges) will not “recover to 2015 levels until the year 2033”. This is not a period in which one can plausibly claim a pressing need for new university and college campuses in Ontario.

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Doug Ford government cancels funding for three new GTA university campuses

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is cancelling funding for three university campuses in the Toronto area, blaming the province’s poor finances. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, said the government is no longer in a position to fund the three satellite campuses in Markham, Milton and Brampton owing to the province’s “new fiscal restraints.” The campuses were set to open in 2021 and 2022 and serve a total of 8,000 students.

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Pathways to Education lowers barriers to achievement for poor kids

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

… the dropout rate in low-income communities across the country ranges from 30 to 50 per cent as a result of barriers to education… for every dollar invested in Pathways to Education, there is a return on investment of $24 — a cumulative lifetime benefit to society of $600,000 for every graduate, when you consider factors like higher taxes paid, better life expectancy and health outcomes, and reduced government transfer payments.

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All children should feel like they belong at school

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

Unfortunately, Ontario’s current approach to “special education” is premised on exclusion. It labels students with disabilities as “exceptions” before meeting their needs. Ironically, the “exceptional” label excludes many common mental health, intellectual and learning disabilities altogether, making it even harder for students to get help. Families find the process for identifying and supporting students with disabilities bureaucratic, confusing, alienating, unnecessarily adversarial and exhausting.

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Shocking Gaps in Educational Attainment

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

By far the most important gap in terms of high school completion among major ethnic communities is that for indigenous students… escape from poverty requires children to complete, at a minimum, their secondary education and that the instruction be of decent quality… Based on the 2016 census, young First Nation adults, ages 20 – 24, 75 percent living off-reserve have completed high school, but only 48 percent living on-reserve have done so. This compares with 92 percent among non-indigenous students.

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Fighting a war of attrition on college campuses to the last student body

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

A sheepish Liberal government — the provincial paymaster behind the scenes — has acknowledged that it now needs to do for colleges what it long ago did for school boards. The government relies on an independent advisory body to declare whenever a strike threatens the school year, and now wants to emulate that model at the college level.

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All students deserve respect in classroom

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Inclusivity for all diverse learners warrants a clear and concise commitment to support teachers, support staff and administrators, with the appropriate continuous professional learning and resources to ensure success… statements from parents… serve as a call to action to ensure that no child feels excluded because of their learning need or exceptionality. The diversity of learners in today’s classroom is the norm and no longer the exception.

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