Students deny election apathy: Forums on key issues to take place at University of Toronto



    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Students' unions and employee unions at the
University of Toronto, collectively representing 70,000 students and
12,000 unionized university workers, are hosting two Ontario election events
this week to focus debate on education issues and electoral reform.
    On Wednesday September 26, from 7pm to 9pm, candidates in the
Trinity-Spadina race will debate tuition fees, post-secondary education
funding, affordable housing, and other issues of immediate concern to
students. Participating in this candidates' debate at Innis Town Hall (2
Sussex Ave) will be Tyler Currie (Progressive Conservative), Kate Holloway
(Liberal), Dan King (Green), and Rosario Marchese (New Democrat).
    "This election is key to the fate of post-secondary education in
Ontario," said Dave Scrivener of the University of Toronto Students' Union.
"We currently have one of the most underfunded systems in Canada, and its
future is unsustainable without major change."
    The next day, UofT's students' unions and employee unions will host a
panel on electoral reform with speakers across the political spectrum,
including Progressive Conservative MP Patrick Boyer, former NDP leader Ed
Broadbent, Citizens' Assembly representative, and Nancy Peckford of the
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action. The panel convenes on
Thursday September 27 from 6pm to 8pm at the Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building
(144 College Street at Queen's Park) in the OPA Lecture Hall, room B-150.
    "First-Past-The-Post is a thousand year old voting system that repeatedly
elects majority governments with less than half the popular vote," said Alyson
Stone of the Graduate Students' Union. "Students have always been on the
forefront of democratic reform, and today is no exception. Replacing the
current system with one based on Mixed Member Proportionate will provide a
better platform for student's voices in politics."
    For Information on the election campaign of the Canadian Federation of
Students, visit www.VoteEducation.ca. For information on the student campaign
for electoral reform, visit www.ChangeTheSystem.ca.

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For further information:

For further information: Dave Scrivener, VP External, University of
Toronto Students' Union: (416) 518-7353; Alyson Stone, VP External, Graduate
Students' Union: (416) 835-4436

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