OTTAWA, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - A "Student Solidarity Tour" is being
launched across Ontario in Ottawa tonight. On the tour, Québec
representatives will speak about how students organized the longest and
largest student strike in Canada's history.
"Students in Ontario already pay the highest fees in the country and are
facing another five per cent tuition fee hike in the fall," said Sarah
Jayne King, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.
"Ontario students are interested in learning from the experiences of
students in Québec as we fight for high quality, affordable, and
accessible post-secondary education.
Students in Québec have been on strike for over 150 days to oppose
tuition fee increases proposed by the Charest government. In response
to students' action, the government passed Law 78, which severely
limits the rights of students to demonstrate. The United Nations and
Amnesty International have raised concerns about Law 78 for violating
The Ontario government has increased tuition fees by up to 71 per cent
since 2006: a similar increase to what has been proposed by the Charest
government. As a result of high tuition fees colleges and universities
in Ontario now only receive half of their operating revenue from the
"Students in Ontario, like our peers in Québec, are united in our fight
to drop fees for all students and defend public post-secondary
education," said King. "By sharing our successes and challenges, we are
building a stronger movement for affordable public education in Ontario
The first tour stop is tonight at 7 PM at the University of Ottawa in
the Agora of the University Centre. Over the next 8 days, the tour will
be stopping in Kingston, Hamilton, Windsor, Niagara, London, Guelph,
Toronto and Peterborough.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000
college, undergraduate and graduate students from Windsor to Thunder
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Sarah Jayne King, Chairperson: 416-925-3825 (office) or 647-339-4070 (cell)