All-Party Select Committee proposed to address growing crisis in Ontario post-secondary education: OPSEU

TORONTO, April 25, 2014 /CNW/ - A press conference will be held on Tuesday, April 29, regarding a proposal to form an all-party Select Committee on Ontario's post-secondary education system. The motion will be brought forward in the House on Tuesday by MPP Teresa Armstrong, NDP Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities.

              WHAT: Press Conference regarding proposal to form All-Party Select Committee on
Post-Secondary Education in Ontario
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, OPSEU
JP Hornick, Chair, OPSEU College Faculty Division
Teresa Armstrong, MPP, NDP Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities
Anna Goldfinch, Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
              WHEN: Tuesday, April 29, 12:30 pm
              WHERE: Queen's Park Media Room

"It's time for a new vision for Ontario's post-secondary education system. An All-Party Select Committee would establish important groundwork for ensuring students receive the accessible, affordable, quality education they deserve," said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

The proposal for an all-party select committee is a key recommendation of a new report by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) on the future of post-secondary education in Ontario. The Report highlights the long-term effects on the education system of chronic underfunding, privatization, under-staffing, attacks on faculty academic freedom and increased student debt.

The proposal is supported by post-secondary education unions and organizations from across the province, including OPSEU, OCUFA and CFS-Ontario.


For further information:

Kevin Mackay, OPSEU College Faculty, Report author: 905-418-4843
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications: 416-557-7936
Copies of the full report and a report summary will be available at the press conference.

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