Caucus unites Ontario Francophone students



    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - At the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario (CFS-O) on August 13 to 16, Ontario students
voted unanimously in favour of creating a Francophone and Bilingual Caucus for
francophone and bilingual student unions in Ontario. This will allow the
Francophone students of Ontario to more effectively fight for their rights.
    "The Caucus will be the official political voice of Francophone students.
We fully intend to take the place we deserve," said Gaétan-Philippe Beaulière,
the Caucus Commissioner elected at the meeting. "We feel that the Ontario
government should not be making decisions that affect us if we have not had a
chance to organise, consult each other and submit our collective demands."
    The members of the Caucus are committed to working on several priority
issues during the next year, such as credit transfers, funding cuts affecting
French-language courses and programmes, and financial aid for Francophone
students.
    "This first year will also be a good opportunity for the Caucus to form
alliances in the francophone community and promote post-secondary education as
a priority issue," says Nadine Tkatchevskaia, Deputy-Commissioner of the
Caucus. "The Caucus will be an important ally for the Franco-Ontarian
community. After all, we represent seven student unions and close to 30,000
Francophone students across the province."
    As well as Francophone issues, the Caucus will also work on CFS-O
campaigns.

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students studying at public post-secondary institutions
across the province.





For further information:

For further information: Gaétan-Philippe Beaulière, Francophone and
Bilingual Caucus Commissioner, (819) 208-4642; Roxanne Dubois, Treasurer,
Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, (613) 816-7486


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