Media Advisory - Students stage Halloween funeral procession and zombie march at Queen's Park to mark the Death of Affordable Education

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - On Thursday, October 30, college and university
students from Toronto campuses will host a funeral procession through a
tombstone-lined cemetery on the Queen's Park lawn. Students will illustrate
that they are being buried by debt in order to finance their education. From
the graves will rise zombie-clad students to bring a message to the
Legislature that the stress of private loans, OSAP and multiple part-time jobs
is creating a generation of students who closely resemble the living dead.
    Under the McGuinty government's "Reaching Higher" framework for tuition
fee increases, students have been hit with annual tuition fee increases
between 4 to 8 percent, and as much as 36 percent in some programmes. As a
result, Ontario's fees have risen to the second highest in Canada, up from
third place last year, and student debt has increased by 350 percent in just
over a decade. This trend is projected to have a negative impact on the
already faltering economy of Ontario.
    This mock-funeral and zombie march will include a eulogy to mark the
"death of affordable education" and will help to raise awareness next week's
Ontario-wide student day of action to "drop fees" on Wednesday, November 5.

    "BURIED BY DEBT" Student Funeral Procession at Queen's Park:

    DATE:     Thursday, October 30, 2008
    TIME:     11:00 a.m.
    PLACE:    In front of Queen's Park
    WHO:      Students from universities and colleges from across the Greater
              Toronto Area

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students across the province.

For further information:

For further information: Shelley Melanson, Chairperson, (416) 882-9927
(cell); Joel Duff, Organiser, Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario, (416)
707-0349 (cell)

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