Volume 95, Issue 72

Friday, February 8, 2002

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Students sentenced to high tuition

Day of Action raises national concerns

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Day of Action raises national concerns

By Jillian Van Acker and Chris Webden
Gazette Staff

In the wake of Wednesday's national Day of Action protests, increasing concern has been expressed coast-to-coast by students and university leaders concerning future tuition fees.

In Quebec, which has the lowest tuition fees in Canada, past protests have made a difference, said Andre Munro, assistant researcher for the Concordia University Student's Union.

"In 1982 and 1996, when tuition increases in Quebec were looming, the massive mobilization of students really made the difference," he said, noting the province's average tuition is $1,912.

Patty Pitts, a spokeswoman for the University of Victoria, said the school is waiting for British Colombia's provincial government to announce a possible tuition hike in the upcoming budget.

"We hope there will be a plan in place for financial aid [if tuition is raised]," she added.

Danielle Labossiere, spokeswoman for the B.C. Ministry of Education, said the previous government established a five per cent reduction in tuition in 2001. "[Our] government has been committed to honour that [reduction]."

Ian Boyko, national chairman of the Canadian Federation of Students, said the discrepancy in tuition fees across the country reflects the individual mentality of provincial governments.

"Decreases [in B.C's tuition] were made possible through the efforts of students and administrations, but it was the governments that made it happen," Boyko explained.

Erin McCloskey, president of the Ontario Undergraduate Students' Alliance, said the educational policies of other provinces are very effective lobbying tools. "We use statistics and examples [from other provinces] and try and solicit a response [from our own]."

Tanya Cholakov, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in Ontario said the province plans to continue its policy of allowing a two per cent annual increase in undergraduate tuition fees.

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