On November 2, students across the country are showing their support for universal access to education and challenging student poverty.
- The issues
- Events at Western (Oct 31 – Nov 4)
Please note: Not all of these events are affiliated with CFS or the National Day of Action.
- Get involved
- Share your story
Here are some articles and reports on some of the issues facing learners accessing post-secondary education in Canada.
Public education for the public good
- Brownlee, Jamie. (January 2016). The role of governments in corporatizing Canadian universities. Academic Matters: 17-21.
- OUSA. (Aug 2015). Formulating change: Recommendations for Ontario’s university funding formula reform: 31 pages.
- OUSA. (Jan 2015). Educated investments: Building a healthy future for Ontario – 2015 Ontario Budget submission: 23 pages.
- CFS. (Nov 2014). Public education for the public good: 22 pages.
Tuition, debt, and student poverty
CFS. (Oct 2016). Time to think big: The case for free tuition: 52 pages.
- Currie, Aidan and Ali, Mahrukh. (Mar 2016). Students skeptical after Ontario budget promises “free tuition”. The Varsity.
- Shepherd, Jonathan. (March 2016). What Ontario’s “free” tuition actually means for students. The Queen’s Journal.
- CFS Ontario. (Dec 2015). Free post-secondary education: The case for eliminating tuition fees: 4 pages.
- CFS. (Mar 2015). The impact of student debt: 15 pages.
- CFS. (Mar 2015). Student financial assistance in Canada: Complicated, inefficient, and ineffective: 24 pages.
- OUSA. (July 2014). Paying our way: A look at students financial assistance usage in Ontario: 30 pages.
Fairness for international students
- Nguyen, Mai. (Oct 2016). Why Canadian MBA programs want to attract more international students. Canadian Business.
- Dharssi, Alia. (Sept 2016). International students struggling to stay in Canada. Calgary Herald.
- CFS Onatrio. (Jan 2016). Think global, act local: A path towards re-integration of international students into the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP): 16 pages.
- CFS Ontario. (April 2015). Extending OHIP to all students: 2 pages.
- CFS Ontario. (August 2015). International students in Ontario: 2 pages.
- CFS. (Winter 2014). Tuition fees for international graduate students: 2 pages.
Honouring commitments to Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit learners
Universities Canada. (2016). Indigenous student education: Our position.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (2015). Calls to action: Education in Honouring the truth, reconciling the future: Summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: 320-321.
- Sachgau, Oliver. (Sept 2015). Canada’s education system failing aboriginal students: report. The Globe and Mail.
- CFS. (Fall 2013). Funding for Aboriginal students: 2 pages.
- McMahon, Tamsin. (Aug 2014). Why fixing First Nations education remains so far out of reach. Maclean’s.
- Statistics Canada. (2013). The educational attainment of Aboriginal peoples in Canada from National Household Survey (NHS), 2011: 10 pages.
- Advisory Committee on Financial Accessibility of Education. (2010). Towards the financial accessibility of lifelong learning: A First Nations perspective. First Nations Education Council.
- Carr-Stewart, Sheila. (2001). A treaty right to education. Canadian Journal of Education.
Events at Western
Please note: Not all of these events are affiliated with CFS or the National Day of Action. Events listed at least pertain in some way to the topics at hand.
October 31 – “Night of the Living Debt” Zombie Walk
6:30pm Meet up (Althouse College)
7:00pm Start shambling
7:30 After party at The Grad Club (Middlesex College)
Don your best undead dress and join us for a zombie walk to bring attention to the issue of student poverty. Or, show up for the after party at The Grad Club at 7:30pm. Refreshments will be provided.
We invite you to be thematic in your costume; wear your Western gear, a classic professorial jacket with elbow patches, or drag a book back behind you. Or, feel free to join for the walk or the after party without dressing as a zombie. Please be respectful in your selection of costumes, and dress for the weather.
November 1 – Trivia at The Grad Club
7:30pm The Grad Club
As ever, weekly trivia will take place Tuesday night. Come early to get a good seat, and look forward to some questions focused on student issues.
November 2 – Unity Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30am The Grad Club (Middlesex College)
We invite SOGS members as well as campus and community partners to join us for breakfast food and conversation. Petition stations will be set-up to promote related issues.
For an introduction to the petitions that will be available, you can look at our Get Involved section.
November 2 – Graduate Peer Support
10:30 – 12:30 The Wellness Education Centre (UCC 71)
This week at Graduate Peer Support (GPS), we encourage you to discuss student poverty. How do you manage your finances or find deals to save money? Do you have a favourite meal you can make on the cheap? Have you accumulated debt to pursue your degree, and how do you feel about the debt you’ve accumulated?
GPS conversation is accompanied by coffee, snacks, puzzles, and colouring pages. We hope you find it a welcome mid-week break to chat with others about the grad student experience.
November 3 – Jorge Cham from PhD Comics
1:30pm: “The Power of Procrastination” Jorge Cham lecture
2:20pm: Question and Answer with Jorge Cham
2:30pm: Screening of PHD Movie 2
The PhD Movie will be screened and Jorge Cham will be present for a discussion afterwards. This is a free event. Refreshments will be provided.
November 3 – IGSIC goes to the IESC Global Café
3:00 – 5:00 pm IGAB Atrium
IGSIC will have a table/booth at the IESC Global Café on November 3, emphasizing CFS information on international students.
There are plenty of ways to show your support beyond attending these events. Below are a list of ongoing petitions, surveys, and open letters that you can sign onto to support improving educational access and financial support.
Fight the Fees
Take the pledge to take action on Nov 2.
e-514 (Aboriginal women)
The Indian Act currently denies Band membership to women who marry into other Bands; this petition calls on the Canadian government to remove his imposition on First Nations women.
Band membership impacts a person’s ability to fully participate in their Band and access some services guaranteed to First Nations individuals.
e-572 (Foreign students)
This petition calls on the Canadian government to give priority to international graduate students in the application process for permanent residency considering the (work) experience international students gain while in Canada for their studies.
OHIP for All
This open letter calls on OHIP to cover all Ontario residents, including
international students, temporary foreign workers, and refugees.
Ontario’s Universities survey
This survey, brought to our attention by President Chakma, asks about the role of universities in the future of Ontario. This is an opportunity to share your opinions about topics important to you, such as how universities can be more embedded in the community and more accessible.
Fairness for Contract Faculty
This letter calls for equal pay for equal work, equal access to beneﬁts, fair scheduling, and job security for contract faculty.
Share your story
If you have a longer article or post you’d like to share, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and request it be posted to the SOGS News page. We intend to share any and all stories shared with us this way, though submissions may be rejected in exceptional circumstances of profane or disrespectful language.
If you’re interested in a wider readership, consider reaching out to rabble.ca and their Campus Notes project that is funded by the CFS.