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To Doug Ford, being “for the students” means reckless OSAP cuts

Opinion: Ontario’s cuts to student grants, plus a decision to make certain fees optional, will do nothing to improve education in https://getbadcreditloan.com/payday-loans-ca/costa-mesa/ the province

There aren’t many people who would be brave enough to stand in front of a podium that read For the Students and announce $600 million in cuts to student grants and $440 million in funding cuts to universities and colleges while also launching a targeted attack on democratic students’ unions. But Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities is apparently one of them.

Last week, the Doug Ford government used a bait-and-switch public relations strategy to try and deceive the people of Ontario. On Tuesday, sources leaked to the media that they would shortly announce a 10 per cent reduction in tuition fees. The news story was met with near-universal skepticism. After eight months of a Ford government, the people of Ontario knew better than to believe that this government was truly going to make college and university more affordable. The other shoe was sure to drop, and on Thursday it did.

At the government announcement, it was revealed that the 10 per cent reduction in tuition fees would not be matched with government funding to post-secondary institutions, leaving colleges and universities faced with a funding shortfall of $440 million.

If that wasn’t enough, the government also announced dramatic cuts to grants that will result in many students having more loans and less non-repayable grants, and some students seeing their grant funding cut entirely. (más…)