TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Four of the largest organizations representing students, staff, and faculty at Ontario colleges and universities will hold a press conference on Wednesday to jointly release their responses to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities' discussion paper, Strengthening Ontario's Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge.
|Who:||Representatives from the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario (CFS-Ontario), the Canadian Union of Public Employees-Ontario (CUPE Ontario), the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)|
|What:||Response to Strengthening Ontario's Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge|
|When:||Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 12:30 PM|
|Where:||Queen's Park Media Studio|
Over the summer, a series of roundtables were held in response to the paper and stakeholders were invited to provide input on possible changes to the college and university system by September 30. Students, staff, and faculty are concerned that the proposals in the paper represent an unprecedented government intrusion into Ontario's universities and colleges that could undermine the quality of higher education in Ontario.
Collectively, CUPE, OCUFA and OPSEU represent more than more than 65,000 academic and support staff at colleges and universities, and CFS-Ontario represents over 300,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students across Ontario.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications: 416-557-7936 (cell)
Graeme Stewart, OCUFA: 416-306-6033 (office) or 647-280-3175 (cell)
Kevin Wilson, CUPE Communications: 416-821-6641
Sarah Jayne King, Chairperson, CFS-Ontario: 416-925-3825 (office) or 647-339-4070 (cell)