/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Students to deliver over 50,000 petitions to government in Ottawa and Toronto/



    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - On Wednesday, October 22, students will deliver
over 50,000 petitions demanding that the government reduce tuition fees for
colleges and universities. Petitions have only been collected since the
beginning of the school year in September and continue to pour in. This
demonstration of support is indicative of students' overwhelming opposition to
McGuinty's 'Reaching Higher' framework, which has allowed tuition fees to
increase between four and eight percent annually. Students say that investing
in education is the best way to address Ontario's current economic climate.
    Statistics Canada data released on October 9 indicated that tuition fees
in Ontario increased at the highest dollar amount in Canada. This has pushed
Ontario's tuition fees for an undergraduate degree to the second highest
across the country.
    Students will be unrolling thousands of petitions on the lawn of Queen's
Park in Toronto and delivering tens of thousands of petitions to the
constituency office of Dalton McGuinty in Ottawa. The presentation will be
made just hours before the release of a revised Ontario budget that has been
promised to address the current economic downturn which faces the province.

    
    PETITION DELIVERY IN TORONTO:

           DATE:    Wednesday, October 22, 2008
           TIME:    9:30 a.m.
           PLACE:   In front of Queen's Park
           WHO:     Students from universities and colleges from across the
                    Greater Toronto Area

    PETITION DELIVERY IN OTTAWA:

           DATE:    Wednesday, October 22, 2008
           TIME:    10:30 a.m.
           PLACE:   Dalton McGuinty's constituency office, Ottawa-South
                    1795 Kilborn Ave. Ottawa
           WHO:     Students from colleges and universities in Ottawa
    

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students across the province.





For further information:

For further information: Shelley Melanson, Chairperson, (416) 882-9927
(cell); Seamus Wolfe, Student Federation of the University of Ottawa, (613)
816-7483 (cell); Joel Duff, Organiser, Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario, (416) 707-0349 (cell)


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