Government Ordered to Comply with Student Information Request

    New Ancillary Fee Information Expected Today

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - In response to numerous delays, Ontario's
Information and Privacy Commissioner has ordered the McGuinty government to
respond to a freedom of information request about college and university
ancillary fees. The order requires the Ministry to respond by no later than
the end of the day today.
    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario has requested access to
government records about ancillary fees dating back to April 2004 when the
McGuinty government claimed to have frozen tuition fees.
    Amid allegations that the McGuinty government has allowed illegal
ancillary fees to be collected from students at Ontario's 24 community
colleges, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has so far
failed to disclose any of the requested records. The order from the Privacy
Commissioner echoed concerns that any further undue delays could be seen as
politically motivated in light of the current election.
    Representatives of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario will be
available on Monday to comment on the government's response.

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than
300,000 college and university students from 35 students' unions across the

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