Volume 96, Issue 82
Thursday, March 6, 2003

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CFS & broad access

Re: "The case for tuition freezes," Feb. 18

To the Editor:

I wish to thank The Gazette for printing my most recent letter concerning tuition fees.

However, I was somewhat concerned by the mysterious appearance of a sentence, in the last paragraph, that reads: "The Canadian Federation of Students has called for a freeze of tuition so that education doesn't become out of reach for young Canadians." No part of this phrase was in my original letter.

I find the statement problematic for a couple of reasons – but especially because of the reference to "young Canadians." This narrow reference does not, in fact, reflect the breadth of the Federation's position.

The Federation's actual position is that tuition fees should be – at a minimum – immediately frozen and then reduced, with the ultimate goal of eliminating user fees altogether. Finally, it is not only "young" people and "Canadians" for whom the Federation aims to improve access. Rather, the Federation aims to make post-secondary education universally accessible – whether would-be students are young, older, domestic, international, etc..

Again, I certainly appreciate having my letter printed. And I understand that it's sometimes necessary to edit content to ensure clarity. However, I think it's problematic that The Gazette has ascribed a position to the Federation that does not, in fact, reflect the Federation's actual position.

Rick Telfer
Ontario National Executive Representative
Canadian Federation of Students

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