Volume 93, Issue 70

Thursday, February 3, 1999


USC grills hopefulls

Mystery liquid causes concern

Access 2000 starts off with a bang

Study finds more stress in unmarried moms

Passion motivates Petrykowski's campaign

Sense of community tops Pressey's prez list



Access 2000 starts off with a bang

By Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

Access 2000 looks to be a promising campaign for the Canadian Federation of Students, as its first day of action witnessed a huge student turnout.

Four to five thousand students from schools all over the province assembled yesterday in Toronto, said Joel Harden, Ontario chair for CFS. The rally started at the University of Toronto and included a stop at Queen's Park.

Richard Telfer, VP-academic for the Society of Graduate Students, said the campaign has three goals – to try and restore funding to social programs, to reduce tuition for university and college students and finally, to implement a national system of need-based grants.

"This is a message to the federal government to increase funding," Harden said, adding the effort was very effective.

Susan McDonald, president of SOGS, said the rally was an amazing experience. "It was great that Western's graduate students were adding their voices to those of Canadians across the country in demanding a reinvestment in Canada's post-secondary education," she said, adding 50 Western graduate students took part in the event.

Rallies were taking place all over the country, Telfer said, adding the one in Toronto was exceptionally loud. "It's nice to have a strong student presence," he said.

Telfer said the day started off at U of T with SOGS supporting the recent teaching assistants' strike at the university. There were students from the University of Guelph, York University and a few Toronto colleges, he added. Later, at Queen's Park, many union leaders and notable politicians spoke at the rally, including New Democratic Leader Howard Hampton, Telfer said.

Kerry Delaney, spokesperson the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said CFS had asked Minister Dianne Cunningham to speak however she was unavailable for personal reasons.

The minister has spoken to a number of student groups throughout the past and continues to do so, Delaney said, but added nothing specific for Access 2000 has been planned by Cunningham. "We have been calling on the federal government to restore funding," Delaney said.

The next event for Access 2000 has not yet been scheduled, but there is a global trade shop in Québec City on their calender, Harden said.

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