TORONTO, April 22, 2014 /CNW/ - A new report by the Ontario Public
Service Employees Union (OPSEU) on the future of post-secondary
education in Ontario addresses a growing crisis at our colleges. A
special launch event on Thursday, April 24, will address key issues
including the long-term effects of chronic underfunding, privatization,
under-staffing attacks on faculty academic freedom and increased
Report on Post-secondary Education in Ontario: launch event Panelists
include: Erika Shaker, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Kevin
MacKay, Mohawk College Faculty member and report author; Graeme
Stewart, Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations;
Alastair Woods, Canadian Federation of Students- Ontario. Moderated by
JP Hornick, OPSEU College Faculty Division Chair and Professor at
George Brown College.
Thursday, April 24, 6pm to 7pm reception with light supper,
7pm to 8:30 pm panel presentations and moderated discussion
The Sheraton Centre, Toronto, 123 Queen St. West, Civic Ballroom
This event is free of charge
"Our colleges are training the workers who drive the economy. Ontario
students deserve to receive quality education and be treated with
respect. That includes proper funding of public post-secondary
education, small class sizes and reasonable tuition levels. We're
talking about an investment that benefits the province as a whole,"
said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "It's time to make
post-secondary education a priority."
Researched and written by OPSEU member Kevin MacKay, a Social Sciences
professor at Mohawk College, this new Report is in part a response to
recent mandates from the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges, and
"Ontario's 24 colleges are attracting more and more students, but their
importance is not reflected in the funding provided. In the 1980s, the
provincial government provided 75% of all college operating revenues.
Now it funds just 50%. " said Report author, Kevin MacKay.
Attendees at the Report launch event will include representatives of
public sector education unions as well as college faculty, students and
For further information:
Kevin Mackay, OPSEU College Faculty, Report author 905-418-4843 firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications: 416-557-7936 email@example.com