Students unite in Ottawa for massive lobbying effort



    OTTAWA, Nov. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Zach Churchill, National Director of the
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), and student leaders from
across Canada joined together in our nation's capital this week to meet with
over 170 Members of Parliament, Senators and other key federal decision-makers
to explore realistic solutions for the improvement of Canada's post-secondary
education system.
    "Today, students in Canada are confronted with increasing costs of
post-secondary education, they are burdened with increasing debt and in some
cases are faced with the harsh reality that they may never be able to pursue a
higher education," Churchill said. "It is essential that we address these
issues and discuss well-thought-out and achievable solutions with the
Government of Canada on behalf of post-secondary students and their families."
    Engaging in open dialogue with the country's decision-makers allows for
the most efficient and effective communication between students and the
government.
    In addition to the lobbying efforts throughout the week, CASA officially
launched the national campaign in support of the Canada Millennium Scholarship
Foundation's renewal entitled "Grants Reloaded."
    For many potential students, the price tag of a post-secondary education
can overshadow the future benefits. Non-repayable financial assistance helps
to ensure that no qualified student is denied access to a post-secondary
education due to a lack of financial resources.
    The campaign launch began this morning with the introduction of the
"Grants Reloaded" national video contest winner, Jen Schwartz.
    "Jen is one case out of hundreds of thousands that have been given access
to a higher education as a result of the aid provided by the Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation," Churchill said. "She is an example of what students
can accomplish when given the opportunity to reach their full potential and
pursue their dreams."
    Eliminating $350 million from the Canadian financial aid system will have
a disastrous impact on the accessibility and affordability of a post-secondary
education in Canada. Students are demanding that the Government of Canada
invest in post-secondary education and in doing so invest in Canada's future
economy, prosperity and the health and well-being of all citizens.

    The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is an alliance of
20 university and college student associations from across Canada. We
represent approximately 300,000 post-secondary students at the national level.
Our members believe that Canada's post-secondary education system should be
affordable, accessible, and of the highest quality.

    CASA is a not-for-profit national student organization, offering
progressive, common sense education reform solutions.




For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Jillian Flake, Public Relations and Communications Officer, Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations, (613) 236-3457 ext. 224, (c) (613) 868-6605,
casacomm@casa.ca

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