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Laurentian, province broke act while cutting French programs, report finds 

Friday, April 1st, 2022

The report determined Laurentian and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities were focused on Laurentian’s financial difficulties, while the Ministry of Francophone Affairs failed to take an active role. This led to a situation where no one was ensuring the protection of language rights under the French Language Services Act… Laurentian said it welcomed the report and would work with the two ministries to implement the recommendations.

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French language programs at Laurentian should be restored following report exposing failures by university and Ford government

Friday, April 1st, 2022

… OCUFA is calling for the 28 French language programs cut by the university to be restored. Further, in recognition of its responsibilities to protect minority French speaking communities across the country, the Federal government should immediately pass legislation to ensure the CCAA and its counterpart, the Bankruptcy Insolvency Act, cannot be invoked by other public institutions who might use it to cut similar programs and services for French speaking populations.

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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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Laurentian’s collapse driven by Ford government’s agenda of austerity and privatization

Friday, February 25th, 2022

The Ford government’s obsession with austerity and privatization was a major driver of Laurentian University’s insolvency and collapse… Years of chronic underfunding incentivized Ontario universities to seek other forms of financial support, including alarmingly high tuition fees and private funding with strings attached. This approach drove Laurentian to the brink and Ford’s apparent refusal to support the university in that moment of need pushed it over the edge.

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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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Laurentian’s collapse driven by Ford government’s agenda of austerity and privatization

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

The Ford government’s obsession with austerity and privatization was a major driver of Laurentian University’s insolvency and collapse… Northern Ontario deserves better. The Ontario government must recognize the important mandate of northern and bilingual institutions and increase special purpose grants for those institutions while also making additional investments in universities that serve Indigenous communities.

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