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.

Trudeau breaks important promise to Indigenous students | Emily Niles

by Emily Niles — last modified May 30, 2016 02:39 PM
For the past twenty years, successive federal governments have maintained a restrictive two per cent funding cap on the PSSSP that has resulted in funding falling far behind growing demand for post-secondary education, rising tuition fees and increasing living costs. As a consequence, Indigenous communities administering the funds are forced to make impossible choices about which students in their communities receive support each year.

Corporate structure means corporate methods: Back to school privatization special (Part 3) | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Sep 22, 2015 11:27 AM
Once a university is run as a private corporation, the other processes of privatisation are easier to implement. The resulting silos compartmentalise research, teaching and knowledge transfer from the university's broader social missions. This undermines the delicate ecosystem that allows for knowledge generation. This is why the struggle to sustain and rebuild a functional university system must always include the struggle against corporate restructuring.

Paternalistic tendencies and ideological blind spots of journalists

by Graham H. Cox — last modified May 27, 2014 02:47 PM
The expression of protest is to remind the administration that students run their campuses. Sometimes this mass political expression comes across as a bit contradictory, but that's the nature of liberal arts academies. Neil Macdonald of CBC disagrees however and he is outraged at the very notion that students should have a say about who speaks to them at graduation ceremonies.

Blaming Students for the Supposed Lack of Skilled Tradespeople Is Nonsense | Citizens' Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Aug 15, 2013 08:12 PM
The neo-liberal promise of a future with high demand for knowledge economy workers (that never came) moved many away from skilled-trades and toward university degrees. For the Tories to now blame students for getting BAs instead of going to trades college and becoming a welder shows both a cynical disregard of history and this government's own incompetence when it comes to economic planning. Workers and students must show that the alternative to the Tory economic program is the only way forward that will work for Canada.

Textbook Costs and Post-Secondary Education: journalists ask the wrong questions | The Citizens' Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Aug 20, 2015 09:50 AM
The school year has begun for most of those going (back) to post-secondary programs and with it comes the barrage of "news" reports on the cost of school supplies. What is really frustrating about these stories is the analysis seems to be that the cost of school supplies and living expenses is too high, but the same journalists writing these stories do not touch on the costs for education as a public service.

Open Access Publishing

by Graham Cox — last modified Jan 17, 2012 08:57 AM
The move to an Open Access publishing model is the only model of publishing that embodies all of the values of the academy. The campaigns to implement funds to support open access should be established as a priority for all universities and governments that fund them.

Canadian Student Debt Limit

by Graham Cox — last modified Dec 26, 2011 11:21 PM
The $15 billion student debt cap has been lifted for no other reason than we will, with current policy, surpass that number over the next year. This landmark deserves more attention than it is getting and the new rules are an affront to good economic management and bad for students.

Student and Youth (Un)Employment

by Graham Cox — last modified Dec 19, 2011 03:15 PM
A quick comment on youth unemployment in response to a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' blog post. Student unemployment in the current economic system cannot be properly addressed without state intervention.

CUPE Local 3903 declares solidarity with the demonstrators throughout the Republic of Turkey

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Jun 14, 2013 12:54 PM
"The Executive Committee of CUPE 3903 stands in admiration of the pluralistic composition of the demonstrations throughout Turkey, and is hopeful that such expressions will be an example to follow in our own country. We are struck by the fact that a population of a democratic country is choosing and able to draw attention to a diverse range of political wishes outside of a routinized electoral cycle which, in practice, is often the only available venue for political expression in democratic countries."
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