Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

York University Students Camp Out To Protest High Tuition Rates

York Federation of Students

A group of York University students are camping out in low temperatures to protest Ontario’s sky-high tuition fees.

“Despite a promise to reduce tuition fees by 30 per cent during the provincial elections, Dalton McGuinty has left a majority of students behind,” said Alastair Woods, Vice President Campaigns and Advocacy for the York Federation of Students.

“To add insult to injury, the government of Ontario has also cut more than $112 million in grants and scholarships to pay for this selective program.”

The 10-day camp out also aims to raise awareness of a National Day of Student Action that will occur on February 1st. York students and college and university students from across Ontario will march to Queen’s Park to demand affordable and accessible post secondary education.

“Regardless of whether or not a student gets the new grant, tuition fees will still rise next year unless we act now to prevent it,” said Woods.

“The Ontario government has misled students and their families to win an election. February 1 is our chance to demand that Dalton McGuinty keep his promise and reduce tuition fees for all Ontario students.”

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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