OTTAWA, Sept. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Students from across the city will be
addressing the City of Ottawa's Transit Advisory Committee this morning in an
effort to convince city councillors to reverse their decision to implement an
age cap on student bus passes. The committee will be meeting at Andrew S.
Haydon Hall, City Hall at 9:30 am. Presentations will be made by the Carleton
University Students' Association, the Carleton University Graduate Students'
Association, the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa, the Graduate
Students' Association of the University of Ottawa, and the Canadian Federation
"We urge councillors to reconsider this decision, students can simply not
afford another $240 per year in transit fees," said Erik Halliwell, President
of the Carleton University Students Association, "When students return to
class next week, they will not only be faced with hundreds of dollars in
tuition fee increases, but will also have to pay hundreds of dollars in
additional transit fees as well."
As part of the city budget package, councillors voted in favour of
restricting the student bus pass to be only available to full-time students 27
years of age and under. Previously, any full-time student was eligible to
purchase a student pass, which saved students $19.50 every month, or almost
$240 over the course of a year. In the motion, the city council cited a
$200,000 savings by implementing the age cap.
"City councillors passed the motion based on outdated ideas of students.
More and more we see mature students returning to school to upgrade their
skills or to train for new employment," said Kimalee Phillip, President of the
Graduate Students' Association. She added, "City council cited 28 as the
average age of a PHD student as justification for the age cap. However,
according to Statistics Canada, the average graduating age of a PHD student is
33 years old. Perhaps city councillors should have done their homework before
passing such a motion in the first place."
For further information:
For further information: Erik Halliwell, President of the Carleton
University Students' Association, Cell: (613) 899-3745; Kimalee Phillip,
President, Carleton University Graduate Students' Association, Cell: (613)