Graduate Students not Represented by OUSA and CSA

    Voters, Students Call on McGuinty to Reduce Tuition Fees Now

    TORONTO, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - The more than 40,000 graduate students in Ontario
are not represented by the College Student Alliance (CSA) and the
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), two organisations with a
history of supporting higher loans and tuition fees, that are releasing their
proposals to government today.
    "The CSA and the OUSA do not represent any graduates and their supposedly
'forward thinking document' does not address our concerns," said
Kelly Holloway, president of the York University Graduate Students'
    Purporting to speak for post-secondary students in Ontario without so
much as consulting graduate students, the CSA and the OUSA have ignored many
important issues:

    -   unaffordable tuition fees for graduate programs;
    -   the lack of Ontario Graduate Scholarships to keep up with increased
        graduate enrollment;
    -   unreasonable PhD completion time limits;
    -   concerns about the commercialization of research;
    -   academic freedom for graduate students and university teachers;
    -   the campaign for a fair fee structure that recognizes post-residency
        graduate students use significantly fewer campus resources; and
    -   labour issues for teaching assistants, research assistants and
        graduate assistants.

    Graduate students continue to call on the McGuinty government to address
students' primary concerns: rising tuition fees and student debts. Last month
a Harris/Decima poll found that 88% of Ontarians think university and college
tuition fees should be lowered or frozen and 62% of Ontarians think that lower
tuition fees and student debt is the single most important issue that
governments need to focus on.
    "With a surplus of more than $2 billion and public consensus that high
fees are the biggest barrier to post-secondary education, Premier McGuinty has
all he needs to reduce tuition fees now," said Holloway. "Any plan for
post-secondary education that leaves out graduate students and doesn't protect
students from fee increases isn't worth the paper it's written on."

    The York University Graduate Students' Association represents over
4,400 full- and part-time masters and PhD students registered at
York University.

For further information:

For further information: Kelly Holloway, President, York University
Graduate Students' Association, (647) 886-0729

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