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by Editors (What's Left) last modified 2019-02-15T13:48:56-04:00
A collection of articles related to the Ford Government's cuts to higher education and the attack on democratic student organizations in Ontario.

Ontario faculty, staff, and students oppose Ford government’s “performance” funding for postsecondary institutions | OUCC

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Sep 05, 2019 12:45 PM
The proposed market-based performance funding model will tie 60 per cent (over $3 billion dollars) of postsecondary funding to each institution’s “performance” against a set of arbitrary and flawed metrics. This dramatic shift follows years of stagnant public funding for postsecondary education in Ontario, and is only the latest in a series of attacks on the foundations of postsecondary education in the province, including cuts of over $400 million to college and university budgets, cuts of almost $700 million to student financial assistance, and cuts to the democratically determined student fees that allow students’ unions to advocate on behalf of, and provide vital support to their members.

OCUFA estimates Ford’s “performance” funding could cut university budgets by over $500 million dollars | OCUFA

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Sep 05, 2019 10:18 AM
Toronto, Sep. 4, 2019 – Ontario faculty are warning that the Ford government’s so called “performance” funding model for postsecondary education is reckless, ineffective, and dangerous. The new funding model will link 60 per cent of government funding for universities ($2.2 billion dollars) to an arbitrary set of metrics chosen with no consultation. These metrics will not actually measure “performance” but are likely to be used as an excuse to cut university budgets. Across Ontario, OCUFA estimates that this new funding model could mean cuts of over $500 million dollars that will substantially undermine our postsecondary institutions’ academic missions and mandates.

Ontario Budget 2019 undermines the academic system | Graham Cox

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Apr 22, 2019 08:58 PM
The Ford Government's cuts to the university sector puts additional strain on an already stressed funding system. The new budget drives an aggressive free-market agenda obsessed with short-term results that does not work in a university setting and will undermine teaching, learning, and research in Ontario. The announced direction for Strategic Mandate Agreement's (SMAs) will drive universities to align their teaching and research priorities with short-term labour market demands. This will undermine of the long-term research and teaching objectives at the heart of quality academic education and research. In short, the budget is a disaster for the academy and will bring hardship to the workers, students, and faculty on our campuses.

MTCU announcement won’t make campuses safer unless Student Choice Initiative is repealed | CFS Ontario

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 20, 2019 07:55 AM
“For decades, student organizations, like the Canadian Federation of Students, have been at the forefront of combating sexual violence on campus,” said Sami Pritchard, National Executive Representative of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. “The creation of the Student Voices and Sexual Violence Survey was largely informed by the Premier’s Roundtable on Violence Against Women, which this government cancelled. For Minister Fullerton to make this announcement without any mention of the students and members of the Roundtable who made today possible is disappointing.”

Education is a right | Roxanne Dubois

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 26, 2019 08:45 AM
From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford's attack on students' unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

Public education requires public funding | Roxanne Dubois

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 26, 2019 08:44 AM
From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford's attack on students' unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

Unsustainable student debt threatens future generations and the Canadian economy | Roxanne Dubois

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 26, 2019 08:43 AM
From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford's attack on students' unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

Reducing tuition fees means giving youth a fair chance | Roxanne Dubois

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 26, 2019 08:42 AM
From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford's attack on students' unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

Public outrage growing after Doug Ford's claims he can stamp out 'crazy Marxist nonsense' on campus | National Observer

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Feb 16, 2019 10:51 AM
Public outrage over Doug Ford's claim his Ontario government cut funding to student unions to fix "Marxist nonsense" is growing, with politicians and education unions decrying an expected hit to a broad range of services. Ford delivered his complaint about students earlier this week in a fundraising email that called for Progressive Conservatives to send money in support of his government's efforts to stifle the free speech of students. The email specifically noted that the government was making it optional for Ontario university and college students to pay some fees that were previously attached to their tuition. Ford said that this change would help his government stamp out the expression of some political ideas.

Why is Doug Ford attacking student newspapers? | Toronto Star

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 16, 2019 10:29 AM
"Ford’s strange digression through the world of campus organizations may produce less light where more is required or create a scenario in which student journalists are subtly discouraged from doing precisely what the premier claims to want, which is holding expensive public institutions to account."

Doug Ford’s fearless fight against the Communist threat on Ontario campuses | Martin Regg Cohn

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 16, 2019 10:25 AM
"By deploying his deadly serious powers as premier, Ford whips up his own base — while pandering to everyone’s base instincts. His sudden attack on student unions is just the beginning. For the premier’s rhetoric applies equally to labour unions — don’t be surprised if he one day reprises the U.S.-style right-to-work laws that make membership optional for free-riders."

A student union must always be political | UTMSU VP External

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Feb 15, 2019 12:46 PM
Last month, the UTMSU saw a huge victory with our course retake policy being approved by Governing Council, one that was seven years in the making. This was achieved by the student union remaining true to its objectives for fairness in academic policies. Thinking and believing that students deserve more and better is the essence of being political, and must be how we reach those goals.

The Impact of "Voluntary Student Unionism" on Services, Amenities and Representation for Australian University Students | Australian government

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Feb 15, 2019 12:41 PM
The Australian Government is committed to providing young people with a dedicated suite of youth‐focussed policies. Part of this commitment is ensuring that university students have access to the amenities and services they need, including child care, health care, counselling and sporting facilities, as well as independent and democratic student representative bodies. The previous government’s voluntary student unionism (VSU) approach has made it difficult for many students to access these services.

Doug Ford Boasts About Cutting Funding For Student Unions

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Feb 15, 2019 12:35 PM
Ontario Premier Doug Ford dumped on student unions in a fundraising pitch to supporters of his Progressive Conservative party Monday. "I think we all know what kind of crazy Marxist nonsense student unions get up to," the email, signed "Doug," said. His government announced Jan. 17 that it would end mandatory university student fees that fund unions, student newspapers and clubs. The government also lowered tuition by about 10 per cent across the board, while axing grants that let low-income students study for free.

Students Are Planning A Global Strike March 15 on Issues of Climate and the Future

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Feb 14, 2019 11:36 AM
Students are organizing a strike on March 15th to pressure the government to adopt more comprehensive environmental policy. The movement started in Sweden. These students are organizing along with students around the world on a variety of issues ranging from climate to gun violence. The unions are supporting the strike from around the world in the US, Australia, and UK. Here in Canada, Quebec students are organizing around climate, but there obviously many other issues that will appear during the strike. This will be the first strike and there has been a call for a general strike for climate in September.

Fears raised over impact of tinkering with student fees | Toronto Star

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Feb 10, 2019 09:16 AM
At the York University food bank, shelves and refrigerators are stocked to try to keep up with growing demand — but this crucial service, funded by student fees, could be in jeopardy. That’s because the food bank is operated by the students’ union and beginning in the fall all post-secondary students will be able to opt out of ancillary fees considered non-essential, such as those earmarked for student associations.

OCUFA report reveals systemic discrimination and harassment in use of university student questionnaires | OCUFA

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Feb 07, 2019 03:15 PM
The report finds that student questionnaire scores fail to accurately reflect teaching quality and that their results are not suitable for determining faculty pay, promotion, tenure, or contract renewal. Student questionnaire results are skewed by many factors outside an instructor’s control, including class size, time, subject, and the professor’s race, gender, or accent. Additionally, the report finds that current SQCT practices facilitate the harassment of faculty, compromise educational quality, and are not an appropriate metric for determining university funding levels.

The nefarious political agenda behind Ontario’s war on university fees | Sandy Hudson

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 04, 2019 09:33 AM
"Independent student organizations, student unions and the student press have a strong history of advocacy and contributing to social change in Canada. These organizations often organize against government policies that are harmful to the members of their organizations, much like labor unions. In the case of students’ unions, in particular, they see themselves as advocacy organizations primarily tasked with fighting to make education accessible, whether that means taking on the university administration or the government itself. This is a nuisance to a Conservative government. What better way to reduce the strength of public critique and weaken the ability of student advocacy groups to influence government policy in the long term than to cut these organizations off at the knees?"

Binders full of enemies — Part 2 | Lana Payne

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 02, 2019 04:15 PM
"The government rolled back important legislated changes that would have made workplaces more fair, eliminated a wage increase for the lowest paid workers in the province, dumped the new sex education curriculum and an expert panel designed to combat violence against women — to name a very few. Most recently, Ford and his government declared war on post-secondary students and their student unions, by attacking affordability and student unions’ source of funding: membership dues. Funding used to advocate and organize for free or affordable education. Funding that helps pay for important student services on campuses. He has proposed a regulation allowing students to opt out of paying union dues to their student organizations."

Ford Government’s Post Secondary Education Announcement Made Worse As Further Details Are Confirmed | Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 02, 2019 04:11 PM
"Following the Ford Government’s announcement on post-secondary education yesterday further details have emerged that confirm any benefit students may experience from a reduction in tuition fees will be offset by other reckless changes being proposed. These severe changes will be felt across the province by students and their families, faculty, staff and administrations."

Did Doug Ford consult any students for his “For the Students” plan? | Michael Bueckert

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jan 25, 2019 09:20 AM
"With the entire college and university sector united against Ford’s initiative, the question is: did they even consult any students on this “For the Students” plan? When asked directly about this following her press conference, and then later on CBC’s Power and Politics, Minister Merrilee Fullerton was unable to name a single student or student organization that she had consulted."

How Ontario's plan weakens student power | Nora Loreto

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jan 25, 2019 09:21 AM
"Doug Ford knows that a united and effective student movement can topple a government, like they did in 2012 in Quebec. Ford knows that students can stop bad policy, as students at Ryerson stopped their institution from implementing a new free speech policy. A movement that has space, resources, legitimacy, history and stable funding is a threat to Ford. He’s working hard to eliminate the threat. Unsurprisingly, the politician has chosen to eliminate a threat through an attack on free association and a free press. "

Ford's cynical politics and higher education | Graham Cox

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Jan 18, 2019 12:04 PM
The announcement on post-secondary education by the Ford government was a showcase of the new cynical politics of the right-wing. It was painful to watch. The minister, looking as excited as a drowned cat, delivered an announcement of massive and destructive change to higher education in this province using an ugly caricature of Orwellian language.

A bad day for students: funding cut disguised as tuition cut, will cost students more and hurt Universities | CUPE Ontario

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jan 25, 2019 09:22 AM
“These cuts were made without consultation with the University sector, and will have damaging impacts for students for a long time to come”, said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “Doug Ford’s insiders have attempted to cover up a devastating attack on students with a paper-thin discount on tuition that will cost students more in the long run”.
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