January 31st, 2007
|07:58 pm - TO ALL CANADIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS!!! Do you know about Feb 7TH?|
Because you all should!
It's a NATIONAL STUDENT DAY OF PROTEST: to make post secondary education available to everyone by lowering and freezing tuition fees!
In the Capital region, students from uOttawa, uCarleton, Algonquin, and La Cite Collegiale will be meeting at 11am in front of uOttawa Morriset Library and later on to the Parliament to protest. At 7am people will be meeting at the uOttawa Uni Center in the couches area for breakfast and picketing plans.
Obviously there's no need to tell you why you should come, it's for your own good! Not only for us of this generation, but for everyone who plans to have a post secondary education in the future as well, think of your children and grandchildren!
PLEASE SHOW UP WITH AS MANY FRIENDS AS YOU CAN GET TO HELP AND GIVE SUPPORT! And if you're a student of a university outside the Ottawa area, get involved at your university too! This protest will spread across Canada from every college and university to let the government know that we are fed up!
Remember, there's academic amnesty that day, so no penalty for missing classes!!
It's time for us to speak up and taking action!
Sheesh, how much do you guys have to pay?
College tuition sucks, but there's reasons, even those beyond our knowledge, for them. I only just now discovered that a large part of the tuition I pay is so the college's library can have these absolutely amazing resources available for students.
I don't care where it's going to to be honest, it does no one any good once it reaches the point that only the rich can even get into university. It's one of the contributing factors to the growing gap between the rich and the poor and the phenomenon of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. What good is all the most advanced technologies in the world if only a handful of people with salaries equal to Bill Gates can have access to them? Oh yeah I'm sure that tuition's going to great places obtaining that technology, but what about all the people that get left behind simply because they can't afford the bill?
hear, hear! I know that some of our tuition goes to pay for the Agora bookstore *which honestly isn't all that worth it*.
As for the rest I'm sure it's spread about, but honestly everyone should be able to have a higher education and not having the funds/resources is just such a shame.
All u want to do is learn and better yourself and you have to 100's of thousands of $$ for it?
That doesn't sound right to me at all.
I know your analogy is an exaggeration, but its still a bit much.
Maybe a more realistic issue to deal with would be how tuition can be made more affordable (easier ways to get grants, or scholarships, or loans etc) instead of simply asking the cost to be dropped?
But like I said, the situation in Canada and the US is probably different. My college costs a lot, but they also have a lot to buy (the students DO tend to waste a LOT, lot of paper printing things over and over, especially when they don't have to or they realize it printed wrong (I've done it plenty of times). It really adds up).
If governments can afford all the grants and such, why can't they just channel that money into subsidizing post secondary education in general so more people can afford it? Plus when we apply for loans here in Ontario, our loan system uses the income of parents as a measurement of how much we get, regardless of whether parents even help pay tuition or not.
Canada's already minimally socialist as a friend pointed out, and I think we should push for much more, especially in the case of post secondary education, and ones you get a look at the salaries of the senators and MP's, well, if it were up to me I'd cut their pays and use that money to subsidize education. Not only do they get to vote on their own pay increase, but they increase by ridiculous amounts, I think the latest one was 25%, I mean like wtf.
Yeah, that's definitely ridiculous... (lol, that's about all I can think of to say. o_O)
our loan system uses the income of parents as a measurement of how much we get, regardless of whether parents even help pay tuition or not.
I think it might work that way out here too... I can't remember exactly. I mean, there are several issues with that. How you determine which students are paying their own tuition would probably be... difficult to do.
I'm a bit confused by that actually. Obviously, not every student depends on their parents. Does that only affect you if you still live with your parents? Or under a certain age? Does it still affect those who live on-campus? o_O; Probably silly questions, but I don't know. >_>
No the loan system we have here doesn't care about anything except how much you make and how much your parents make. It doesn't matter how old you are, whether you live at home, in residence, off-campus with roommates. It doesn't matter if you're holding 4 jobs to pay for tuition, rent, text books and every-day living expenses on top of going to class or if you have your parents paying everything for you and all you need to do is get good grades. None of that matters.
On the form we fill out to apply for the loan, basically all it asks is how much did you make before the school year started (aka during the summer), how much do you anticipate to make during the school year(aka in the form of scholarships, any jobs you plan to hold, but there's no column asking for how much your parents plan to give you). And then it asks the same about your parents, how much they make a year, blah blah blah.
So basically if your parents make a fairly hefty chunk of money, you can say bye bye to loans even if they're giving you zero of it to help out. Isn't it a great system?
Will you be coming to the 7am breakfast?
I want to . . . but I don't think I can make it there in a living state, ^_^!
I'll be there 'round 8 or 9. Hopefully I'll get to actually meet you in real life for the 1st time, XD!
I don't think I'll make the 7am one (so early =__=) but I'm there for the 11 o'clock one for sure. I have a class at 4 that day, and our academic amnesty only lasts until 4, so I want to try to be back for that class, but otherwise I'll be there the whole time. You wanna meet up sometime before 11 and head to the Morisset before-hand?
Oh wait...I just took the time to read your entire comment instead of the 1st sentence XDDD Yeah I can make it around 9 or 10am, lets meet up before-hand outside of the hopefully big crowd that will be gathering outside Morisset so we can find each other, then head over together ^^
Sounds good to me! I'm meeting some friends at the Laurier bus station 'round 9ish prolly, so maybe i'll catch you btw there and the library, ^_^
I'm so excited for this! But i have a mid-term the day before >_>
You always get the good with the bad, :p
Awesome, ok so how about I'll meet you at the "Thompson tunnel" (which is basically the area in front of the Thompson residence front door) around 9:30am? Do you know what I look like? Got some photos here:http://koneko-desu.livejournal.com/149872.html#cutid1
And I'll give you my cell phone number just in case, it's (613)889-5752. Hope I get to meet you!!
Yeah I know, that week is International Development week so there's so much stuff going on, plus the week right after is like...mid-term hell week @__@ But whatever, even if I had a midterm that day I'd still go, I mean seriously, tuition's getting ridiculous and I'm not sacrificing the possible future of all the working-class children in the future for some test.
cool! I'll do my best to be able to find you/maybe give you call cause I must be one of the few ppl on earth who doesn't have a cell phone!
Here's me in case I can't spot you http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c293/seraphim_12/meandlilsatroofrideau.jpg
I'm the Indian girl with the glasses on the left, ^_^
I'm glad to hear it! We are already paying such an exorbitant amount, just because we want to learn and better ourselves! *shakes head*
I'll contain it till the protest, XD!
waii...I don't think we had these kinda protests..apart from teachers striking due low wages..and people protesting against the government.. ^^;;
But I hope it goes well for you *cheers*