OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Students from the Carleton University
Students' Association, the Carleton University Graduate Students'
Association, the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa and the
Graduate Students' Association at the University of Ottawa will present
Mayor Watson with more than 10,000 postcards in support of a $145 per
semester Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) Program. The presentation will
take place in advance of today's City Council 2012 budget 10:00am vote
where a $70 U-Pass fee increase will be considered. Students from la
Cite Collegiale and St. Paul's University will also be speaking out
against the cancellation of the student annual pass and semester pass.
"More than 10,000 students from Carleton University and the University
of Ottawa oppose the proposed $70 fee increase to the U-Pass," stated
Chantle Beeso, Vice President Student Issues, Carleton University
Students' Association. "We hope that city councillors and Mayor Watson
will hear the clear message that students are not willing to pay more
for less service."
On November 16, the City's Transit Commission voted unanimously to
drastically increase the cost of transit for university and college
students around the city by raising the price of the U-Pass by $70 and
cancelling the student semester and annual transit pass. The students'
unions have created a comprehensive research paper that finds that the
increase is a cash grab for OC Transpo, while OC Transpo continues to
claim that the new price is 'revenue neutral'. In February, students
will vote on whether they wish to pay $360 per year for a U-Pass or to
cancel the program.
"Students in Ottawa are already paying the highest transit fares in the
country and experienced major service cuts this past September, we
simply can't afford to pay more," added Vice President University
Affairs of the SFUO, Elizabeth Kessler.
City Council Chambers
110 Laurier Avenue West
9:30am - 10:00am
SOURCE Carleton University Students' Association
For further information:
Chantle Beeso, Vice President Student Issues
Carleton University Student' Association
Office 613-520-2600 Ext 1607
Elizabeth Kessler, Vice President University Affairs
Student Federation of the University of Ottawa
Office 613-562-5800 Ext 4074
*French media release available upon request