Breaking through education system's barriers

Originally published in The Winnipeg Free Press

By Brianne Goertzen

‘Post-secondary education." Just saying the words evokes many reactions from people from all walks of life.

There are those who are able to afford to pursue it and who often take that privilege for granted. And there are those who cannot. The nameless, faceless youth who are all but forgotten when governments are looking to make cuts or raise tuition fees — as our government just alluded to.

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Academic Amnesty: Update

Are you a student at:

  • College of the North Atlantic (Prince Philip Drive Campus)
  • George Brown College,
  • Dalhousie University,
  • Brock University,
  • Lakehead University at Orillia
  • The University of Guelph,
  • Brandon University,
  • Laurentian University,
  • Ryerson University,
  • The University of Windsor,
  • Memorial University,
  • University of King's College,
  • Algoma University,
  • The University of Toronto,
  • York University,
  • The University of Winnipeg or
  • Université de Saint-Boniface? 

If so, your student union has won you Academic Amnesty or Academic Accomodations for the national Day of Action on November 2nd

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What You Need to Know About the OSG and Student Debt

Originally published in The Leveller, Vol. 9. No. 1

By Jenna Amirault

Ontario’s Liberal gov­ernment has pushed for privatized and multi-tiered educational reform since 2003. The Liberals have in­creasingly sought to tie uni­versities’ funding to stra­tegic mandate agreements and performance-based outcomes.

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We’re taking to the streets for free education

Watch this new video to hear why we’re calling to eliminate tuition fees. 

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Solidarity with Students Fighting for Free Education in South Africa

Student protester sitting with book

“I’ll sit here and study until you shoot me for having a book in my hand”. A student blocks the entrance of the University of Witwatersrand. Photo from @LindokuhlXulu1 

The Canadian Federation of Students, representing more than 650,000 students, stands in solidarity with students in South Africa who are fighting for free, decolonized education in their country.

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Toronto Star: International Students Are an Asset We Need to Cultivate

By the most recent numbers, 352,960 international students currently study in Canada, amounting to almost 1 in 6 students on Canadian campuses. Our ‘public’ postsecondary education system is designed to entice students from around the world to study here, charge them 3.5 times the price as domestic students and then send them away. 

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CBC: Cap leads to steep drop in First Nations students receiving post-secondary support

An Access to Information request filed by MP Charlie Angus reveals that the longstanding 2% cap on Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) for Indigenous students has resulted in an 18.3 per cent decline in the number of students it funds. Over the same 20 years, the First Nations population has grown 29%. 

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Statistics Canada confirms alarming tuition increases

Newly released tuition fee data from Statistics Canada shows that declining public investment continues to drive up tuition fees to alarming levels. Full-time undergraduate students will pay an average $6,373 in tuition fees while international students will pay an average of $23,589. Ontario students continue to pay the highest fees, surpassing $8,000 this year.

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In the News: New Students Speak Against Tuition Increases

As the administration at Memorial University meets in secret to discuss raising tuition fees, incoming students say that the low tuition fees were a key factor in choosing to attend the university.

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In the News: Eliminating Tuition Best Way to Help Students


There’s a big difference between knowing financial basics and actually managing the average student debt of $25,000.

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