OTTAWA, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - University and college students from
across the city will convene on the lawn of Ottawa City Hall in an effort to
show support for motion to reverse OC Transpo's new policy to limit student
passes to those 27 years of age and under. Students will hold a press
conference on the lawn at 9:15 am today and will be joined by city councillors
Alex Cullen and Rob Jellett.
"Council needs to recognize that a student is a student no matter what
their age," said Erik Halliwell, President of the Carleton University Students
Association, "Students of all ages are having trouble making ends meet, we
simply cannot afford another $234 a year in transit fees."
As part of the city budget package, councillors voted in favour of
restricting the student bus pass to be only available to full-time students 27
years of age and under. Previously, any full time student was eligible to
purchase a student pass, which saved students $19.50 every month, or almost
$240 over the course of a year. In the motion, the city council cited a
$200,000 savings by implementing the age cap. Last week, students successfully
lobbied the Transit Committee to unanimously recommend reversing the decision.
Since the recommendation of the Transit Committee to reverse the decision,
students across the city have collected more than 2,400 signatures asking
councillors to reverse the decision.
"City council cited 28 as the average age of a PHD student as
justification for the age cap. However, according to Statistics Canada, the
average graduating age of a PHD student is 33 years old. Perhaps city
councillors should have done their homework before passing such a motion in
the first place," said Gaetan Beaulière, External Commissioner of the Graduate
Students Association of the University of Ottawa.
For further information:
For further information: Erik Halliwell, President of the Carleton
University Students' Association, Cell: (613) 899-3745; Gaetan Beaulière,
External Commissioner of the Graduate Students Association, University of
Ottawa, Cell: (819) 208-4642