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Day of Action: Why it matters to higher education

January 20, 2012

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The fight for public education in Canada is part of a global effort to maintain education as a basic right for all. Around the world, governments are tabling “austerity” budgets containing massive cuts to post-secondary education and other public services.

In country after country, ordinary people are refusing to allow a crisis caused by the deregulation of international markets and corporate greed to threaten the public good. In many cases, students are the ones leading this struggle.

The Education is a Right campaign is the manifestation of students’ collective vision for a well-funded, high-quality, public post-secondary education system that builds a fair, and equitable society.

As part of the Education is a Right campaign, students have been meeting with Members of Parliament and Senators, collecting petitions, organising provincial campaigns and will now take to the streets on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in a national student day of action. Please join us! Visit the website for details:

For more information on post-secondary education in Canada, check out the compilation of research and publications below.

Access and Affordability

    <li><a href="" target="_blank">Under Pressure: The impact of rising tuition fees on Ontario families</a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">Commentary: For Ontario’s low- and middle-income families, paying for university involves priority roulette </a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">Infographic: The Burden of a University Education in Ontario</a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">Fairness in Education for Single Parents in Nova Scotia</a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">After the Freeze: Restoring University Affordability by Rolling Back Tuition in Saskatchewan</a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">FastFacts: Tuition Fees--A Regressive Flat Tax</a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">Fairness, Funding and Our Collective Future: A way forward for post-secondary education in Nova Scotia</a></li>
    <li><a href="  " target="_blank">June 2007 - Debunking A Neoliberal Education Myth: It's tuition fees that are regressive, not public funding</a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">November 2007 - Graduates Crushed By Student Debt Loads: An 8-point plan to tackle Canada’s student loan crisis</a></li>

Corporatization and Privatization

    <li><a href="" target="_blank">Corporate Initiatives on Campus: A 2008 Snapshot</a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">For Cash and Future Considerations: Ontario Universities and Public-Private Partnerships</a></li>
    <li><a href="" target="_blank">November 2006 - Rethinking Canada's Higher Education Policy: Corporatization of universities more harmful than helpful</a></li>

Roxanne Dubois is the National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.

For more about the Education is a Right Campaign, visit

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