Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

February 07, 2005 16:48 ET

NEWS CONFERENCE, REBUILDING POST SECONDARY EDUCATION

MEDIA STUDIO, QUEEN'S PARK FEBRUARY 8, 2005 2:00 P.M. Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 7, 2005) -

NEWS CONFERENCE
RE-BUILDING POST SECONDARY EDUCATION
ONTARIO FEDERATION OF LABOUR RESPONDS TO RAE REVIEW
MAIN LEGISLATIVE BUILDING
MEDIA STUDIO
QUEEN'S PARK, TORONTO

Tuesday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m.

The review of Ontario's post secondary education system was released today at Queen's Park. The Rae Review, headed by former Premier Bob Rae recommended increased funding for the system (an increase of at least $1.3 billion annually), an overhaul of student financial systems and a new council to track access, quality and performance issues.

"Recognizing the urgent need for adequate, long-term investment in post secondary education is certainly where we need to start," said Irene Harris, OFL Executive Vice-President. "We must be sure that the recommendations of the Report set the stage to re-build a post secondary system that remains public, fully accessible, properly staffed by full-time faculty and education workers.

"Tuition fees must be reduced with a view to eventually eliminating them all together." Harris stated that the system must provide high quality learning in up-to-date, fully maintained colleges and universities.

Speaking at the news conference:
Irene Harris, OFL Executive Vice-President
Leah Casselman, President, OPSEU
Janice Folk-Dawson, CUPE
Canadian Federation of Students

More information:

Irene Harris
Executive Vice-President
416.347.0454 (cellular)

Dana Boettger
Communications Director
Ontario Federation of Labour Ontario Federation of Labour
416.443.7665

OFL Re-Building Post Secondary Education Working Group www.ofl.ca
Canadian Federation of Students www.cfsontario.ca
United Steelworkers of America www.uswa.ca
Canadian Union of Public Employees www.cupe.on.ca
Ontario Public Service Employees Union www.opseu.org

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Contact Information

  • Irene Harris, OFL Executive Vice-President, Ontario Federation of Labour
    Primary Phone: 416-347-0454