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Students walkout over education cuts

At least 17 campuses participated.

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Kiernan Green | CUP

Post-secondary students on Wednesday participated in a walkout protest against actions by the provincial government on at least 17 university and college campuses across Ontario, an action organized by the Canadian Federation of Students.

In January, the provincial government announced a 10 per cent tuition cut for domestic students in the province, along with cuts to OSAP grants and free tuition for low-income students. In addition, students will also have the ability to opt-out of certain ancillary fees, which are used to fund students’ unions, on-campus groups and services. 

Students participating in walkout at the University of Guelph / CBC News

“I am one of the people on OSAP, and I know that if I don’t fight this, the next time I renew my OSAP contract this coming fall, I’m screwed. There’s no way I can pay it off,” said Rahi Chowdhuri, a fifth-year biomedical science student at Ryerson University.

“We have to do something. Each of us has more power than we know.”

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber did not officially participate in the walkout. At least one elementary school joined in, however.


Image of the rally at Ryerson University from the Eyeopener via the Canadian University Press.

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