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Student Walkout in Ontario

November 4, 2008

From a media advisory from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) just released:

On Day of Action, students will call on McGuinty to Drop Fees

TORONTO, Nov. 4 /CNW/ – On Wednesday, November 5, college and university students from across Ontario will walk out of class and take to the streets. Their demonstrations will call on the provincial government to increase access to post-secondary education by reducing tuition fees. Thousands of students will gather in 13 cities in Ontario: Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Mississauga, Orillia, Guelph, Sault Ste. Marie, Peterborough, Hamilton, Scarborough, Kingston and Windsor.

Dalton McGuinty’s “Reaching Higher” framework for tuition fee increases has allowed Ontario’s fees to increase by the largest dollar amount in Canada this past year. The framework is set to expire in 2009 and students are demanding that the government invest in post-secondary education to reduce all fees and increase Ontario’s per-student funding level to the national average. To date, the McGuinty government has announced no plans for any comprehensive post-secondary education policy following the expiry of the Reaching Higher framework.

Yesterday, it was announced that Ontario will receive $347 million in equalisation payments for the first time ever, from the federal government. Students call for a portion of that transfer to be directed toward students and access to post-secondary education. Students say that this investment is the best way to ensure the long-term economic viability of Ontario.


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