TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - "At a time when universities are critically
short of resources, we have two stark examples of poor use of scarce public
money," said Professor Brian E. Brown, President of the Ontario Confederation
of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), referring to the newspaper
advertisements recently purchased by Ryerson University and the University of
"To spend upwards of $80,000 on full page colour advertisements to thank
the government for funding, as was done by both the University of Toronto and
Ryerson University, indicates poor judgement," Brown continued.
"One can only imagine how this money could be better used. These
thousands of dollars could have provided students with much needed
scholarships and student aid. This money could have improved access for first
nations students or students who are first in their family to attend
university. It could have given students more resources, such as better
computer labs or new library books," Brown said.
"It is not the university's job to advertise on behalf of government.
There are much better and less expensive ways university administrators can
thank government and it certainly should not be done with public funds," Brown
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