TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Students at York University started a
ten-day camp out to protest the rising cost of post-secondary education
in Ontario and bring attention to a National Day of Student Action that
will occur on February 1.
"Successive governments of all political stripes have left Ontario
students out in the cold through reckless funding cuts to
post-secondary education and unsustainably high tuition fees that have
made Ontario the most expensive province in which to study," said
Alastair Woods, Vice President Campaigns and Advocacy for the York
Federation of Students.
The students also hope to highlight the inequities and limitations of
the new tuition grant introduced by the Ontario government, for which
two-thirds of students are ineligible.
"Despite a promise to reduce tuition fees by 30 per cent during the
provincial elections, Dalton McGuinty has left a majority of students
behind," said Woods. "To add insult to injury, the government of
Ontario has also cut more than $112 million in grants and scholarships
to pay for this selective program," he added.
On February 1, York students will join thousands of college and
university students in a march to Queen's Park to demand the provincial
government make affordability of post-secondary education a priority
for all students in the next provincial budget and tuition fee
framework. Tens of thousands of students are expected to participate in
towns and cities across Canada will be participating in the Day of
"Regardless of whether or not a student gets the new grant, tuition fees
will still rise next year unless we act now to prevent it," said Woods.
"The Ontario government has misled students and their families to win
an election. February 1 is our chance to demand that Dalton McGuinty keep his promise and reduce
tuition fees for all Ontario students.'"
The York Federation of Students is one of Canada's largest students'
unions, representing over 50,000 full- and part-time undergraduate
students at York University in Toronto.
SOURCE York Federation of Students
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