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Ford government cuts student aid under cover of tuition cuts

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

The government has no plans to compensate universities and colleges for the $440 million they will lose once the reduced tuition fees take effect. They’re on their own to figure that out… Ontario colleges… receive about $2,000 less per student from the government than those in other provinces. And universities have among the lowest levels of per-student funding in the country, while revenues from tuition and operating grants combined have been flat since 2010.

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Reckless government announcement threatens education quality and students’ rights

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

… the announced changes mean that universities and colleges will struggle with less funding and students will be burdened with less financial assistance, more expensive loans, and higher debt. “These reckless changes will shrink university budgets, increase class sizes, encourage further tuition fee hikes for international students, and threaten both the accessibility and quality of postsecondary education in Ontario,”

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Ontario Tories rolling back Liberal-era student-aid reform

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Ontario is reversing unexpectedly costly student financing initiatives, cutting tuition and allowing students to opt out of campus fees as part of a package of changes to postsecondary education funding that drew criticism from students and universities… The loss of tuition revenue for the schools will not be covered by the government, and universities and colleges will need to adjust their budgets. Ms Fullerton said the changes might mean a budget gap of 2 per cent to 4 per cent at most schools.

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Ontario to cut tuition fees by 10 per cent

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

The province is set to announce a 10 per cent cut in university and college tuition fees, according to government documents obtained by the Star… The proposed changes to the Tuition Fee Framework would remain in effect for the next two academic years. In the 2019-20 school year, tuition would drop by 10 per cent from current levels, and would remain frozen for the 2020-21 year.

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Free speech policies now in effect at Ontario’s colleges and universities

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Colleges… “must be places that allow for open discussion and free inquiry where diverse voices can be heard and ideas and viewpoints can be explored and discussed freely and debated openly without fear of reprisal, even if these are considered to be controversial or conflict with the views of some members of the college community … it is not the role of colleges to shield members of the college community from ideas and opinions that they may find disagreeable or offensive.”

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Doug Ford should accept the evidence on sex-ed

Friday, December 21st, 2018

… if Ford truly wants to consult, as he says he does, he will listen to the health and education experts, 27 school boards, 28 First Nation communities, students and parents that have spoken out in submissions, protests and rallies since he was first elected, to demand that the 2015 curriculum be reinstated… no political promise made to a small group of social conservatives is worth sacrificing the safety of students. They must be prepared to navigate the world they are living in, not the one their parents did.

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School board funding cuts send a message to Ontarians

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

The reason given by the Doug Ford government to cut funding for programs that assisted needy teenagers to obtain after-school jobs, provided support for racialized youngsters and gave some assistance with Indigenous issues, is yet another example of the government’s couldn’t-care-less attitude about the cost-cutting that affects the most needy throughout the province.

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Ontario education cuts to hit vulnerable youth the most, students say

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Focus on Youth, which provided after-school jobs and programming for youth in high-poverty neighbourhoods, is gone, as are $2,500 Speak Up grants, which gave students a chance to make a pitch for an activity or event to help make change in their neighbourhood. A program set up to help teens who’ve dropped out return to school and pursue post-secondary was also on the chopping block, as well as tutoring for struggling elementary students.

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School boards ‘blindsided’ as Ford government slashes program funding

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

The EPO grant — which is taking a $25 million hit — “has a long track record of wasteful spending, overspending and millions of dollars of unfunded commitments,” said Kayla Iafelice. “We have performed a thorough review of the EPO Fund to ensure that it better aligns with the needs and priorities of Ontario parents, teachers and students while respecting taxpayer dollars,”.

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Sex-ed is crucial to the rights of children

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Research shows that comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) helps young people understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and gives them tools to help protect them from violence and non-consensual sexual activity. When a young person has been abused, it helps them know how to get help… Having relevant and current information is crucial to setting young people on a healthy path for life. It helps them learn to respect their own bodies and emerging sexuality and that of others, and it factors in on decisions around sexual activity.

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