Taking aim at politicians - Students launch Vote Education campaign

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Yesterday, the writ dropped for the Provincial
General Election and political parties launched their campaigns. Today, the
students across Ontario will begin pressuring candidates to support the
priorities of the students.
    "In this election, students are calling for the reduction of tuition
fees, a stop to the collection of illegal ancillary fees and an increase in
education funding and we are committed to ensuring that every party is
properly evaluated on their stances on these issues" said Jen Hassum
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.
    "We intend on continuing our research based advocacy while also working
on the ground at Ontario's campuses through outreach, action and using
    The website, Vote Education will host information for students throughout
the election. It includes such information as the Federation's pre-election
position paper Access to Learning: Access to Opportunity, instructions on
voter registration and a section on how to get active with the campaign. It
will also feature a Party Report Card showcasing the post-secondary education
records and promises of the political parties.
    "We are looking at an unprecedented student and youth voter education
campaign," said Jen Hassum noting that the Federation is circulating buttons,
postcards, stickers and over 60,000 flyers across the province. "Students are
desperate for relief from the tuition fee hikes and while we have a lot of
materials, politicians should note that our strength is coming from the
students themselves looking to take action."
    In communities across Ontario, colleges and universities will be hosting
all-candidates' debates, social events and mobilisations to voice the student

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites over 300,000 college
and university students from more than 35 students' unions throughout the

For further information:

For further information: Jen Hassum, Chairperson, CFS-Ontario: (416)
925-3825 or (416) 832-9073 (cell); Joel Duff, Organiser, CFS-Ontario: (416)
925-3825 or (416) 707-0349 (cell)

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