TORONTO, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - Today, Ryerson University students reiterated
their call on the McGuinty government to reduce tuition fees. The renewed call
for McGuinty to address tuition fees directly comes in light of a claim by the
College Student Alliance (CSA) and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
(OUSA) that students have other priorities.
"Ryerson Students challenge the two unrepresentative student council
alliances to let students vote on their lobbying goals," said Nora Loreto,
president of the Ryerson Students' Union. "I'll be astounded if, given a
choice, students at any Ontario university would vote for higher fees and more
loan debt over need-based grants and lower tuition fees."
Prior to the McGuinty government's announcement of the Reaching Higher
Plan for higher tuition fees, Ryerson students voted in record numbers in a
campus-wide plebiscite on tuition fees. Ninety-six per cent of students voted
to call on the government to keep fees frozen and 97 per cent voted to lobby
for a reduction of tuition fees.
"At the same time that Ryerson students were voting for lower tuition
fees, the College Student Alliance and the OUSA were lobbying the government
to increase tuition fees," said Loreto. "They have no mandate to do that."
"After 15 years of Harris-McGuinty fee increases, tuition fees have
increased more than four times faster than inflation," said Loreto. "As long
as the CSA and the OUSA's 'manageable solutions' continue to ignore the real
financial barriers that students face, they will continue to work against the
interests of students."
The Ryerson Students' Union is comprised of more than 20,000 members; all
of the full-time undergraduate and all graduate students who attend Ryerson
University in Toronto.
For further information:
For further information: Nora Loreto, President, Ryerson Students'
Union, (416) 979-5000 ext. 2324 or (416) 846-6672 (cell)