PRESS RELEASE: Students Request Efficiency, Not Austerity in Provincial Budget Submission

February Update from the President

Hello everyone!,
With the last third of my term quickly shrinking, it’s been both motivating and astonishing to reflect on OUSA’s successes this year. Over the last eight months there has been a lot to be excited about: we’ve passed post-secondary policy and introduced new OUSA events, have been a leading figure in the province’s discussions on sexual assault and violence, and our recommendations during the funding formula consultation were largely adopted in the published report. Our sentiments on work-integrated learning have been acknowledged by business and the civi …read more

Last month, the Government of Ontario held a Talent and Skills Summit (OTSS) that many education sector stakeholders, including OUSA, attended. The same week as the summit, McGill University President Suzanne Fortier suggested at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that universities need to prepare students for the modern labour market, while American Vice President Joe Biden indicated that investing in education was one of the keys to saving the middle class.
The sentiments expressed at these events echo what academics, policymakers, and students have been suggesting for years: th …read more

TORONTO, February 1, 2016/CNW/ – Students in the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) have published their pre-budget submission Educated Investments: Providing Effective Systems and Enriching Experiences to the provincial government. The submission focuses on two key areas for investment: improved student financial assistance and expanded opportunities for work-integrated learning.
“The entry and exit points of a university degree are massively important, and key investments by the province can maximize student success during these transitions,” says Spencer Nestico-Semianiw Pr …read more

“The Banner Issue”: #BellLetsTalk Day 2016

Today is January 27th. To some, it is just another day filled with hours of class, labs and responsibilities. For others, however, it is a chance to continue the dialogue surrounding mental health through campaigns such as Bell’s “Let’s Talk” Day.
Today, Bell will donate five cents to a mental health initiative for every text message sent, mobile and long distance call made, anything tweeted using the #BellLetsTalk, or Facebook image shared by a Bell or Bell Aliant customer. Though the program is meant to be a multi-year charitable program dedicated to mental health, unfortunately, con …read more