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From Winter Blues to Spring News: OUSA’s 57th GA Recap!

Spring is in the air - the birds are chirping, the flowers are pushing through the frozen grounds, and kinder temperatures are on their way! With that, OUSA, too, gave an early welcome to spring and held its 57th General Assembly (GA) on the beautiful campus of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. GA, which is a weekend-long policy formulation conference (or a policy party, haha!), brought together delegates from OUSA’s eight member schools to discuss and approve student-written policy papers. We were also thrilled to have observer delegates from the Ontario Tech Student Union physically join us (as opposed to seeing their lovely faces on a screen throughout the weekend). This time around, all delegations joined in-person for the first time since October, and yes, we celebrated this with warm hugs, loads of laughter, and immaculate vibes.

The Importance of “Giving a $@!#”: An Opinion Piece

As the end of the 2022-23 academic year looms over the heads of post-secondary students, undergraduate student leaders across Ontario ramp up for a new term. For most Ontario university undergraduate student associations, the end of elections means the ushering in of the new executive team. 

As such, my term as Vice President, University Affairs (VPUA) for the Brock University Students' Union ends on April 30th. As the end of these terribly-wonderful chapters approaches, I have become reminiscent of my time as an undergraduate student and my involvement in student government.

In the wake of the recent elections, I asked myself why do students often not engage in student government, and why did I?

The Hunt for Affordable Housing (Habitats 2022)

Finding affordable housing has long been an issue for students across OUSA’s member institutions. We have long advocated for supports to help students renter and young graduates enter the housing market. While the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated students’ struggles with finding quality housing, the issue has persisted for much longer. Rent prices have gone up significantly over the past four years, with the quality of housing decreasing simultaneously. A report conducted by a rental housing website found London, Hamilton, and Toronto to have experienced significant annual increases in average rent, increasing by 18.3%, 15.9%, and 14.3%, respectively.(1) How has the province of Ontario allowed the housing crisis to get so bad? More importantly, how can both the provincial and federal governments support municipalities in getting the housing market back on track? 

 

Presidential Update March 2023

March is here! Can you believe we’re almost at the end of the school year already? I definitely can’t, especially as election season is gradually wrapping up. 

 

I’m writing this week to announce the launch of the housing edition of our “Stop OSAP Clawbacks” campaign. In preparation for the release of the Ontario 2023 Budget, we anticipate the third year of $400 million dollars clawed back in provincial contributions to the Ontario’s Student Assistance Program (OSAP), for a total of $1.2B in savings for the Ontario government. Our campaign seeks to highlight our province’s gaps in student financial aid in the wake of a pandemic that has only exacerbated the unaffordability of post-secondary education in Ontario.

 

We're Hiring! Operations and Communications Coordinator

JOB POSTING: Operations & Communications Coordinator

Formed in 1992, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a non-profit advocacy organization that strives to effectively and responsibly represent Ontario’s full- and part-time undergraduate students to lobby for an affordable, accessible, accountable, and high-quality higher education system. In order to achieve these goals, OUSA provides research and policy solutions to government, organizes campaigns, communicates priorities, and develops partnerships with post-secondary education sector stakeholders. With a membership of approximately 150,000 undergraduate, professional full- and part-time students, OUSA is one of the largest and most respected student organizations in the country.

Presidential Update February 2023

Happy February everyone! 

 

How is everyone doing? I feel like 2023 is just flying by, and things at OUSA are as busy as ever!

 

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

TL;DR – try for that new opportunity you’re intimidated by but can’t seem to get off your mind! You are qualified, valued, and capable. Don’t be afraid to lean on your community and ask for help along the way. It’s how we all get through it :)

 

“What stands between you and the world you want to live in?” A dear friend of mine recently shared her answer to this question that her professor posed in class. Her answer was simple: representation. While this isn’t a groundbreaking answer, her simple answer made me reflect on why representation is so important.

 

Presidential Update January 2023

Happy new year everyone!

I hope you had a relaxing and restful winter break, and have had a smooth transition back to classes. It’s hard to believe, but we only have 4 months left of the year!

We're Hiring! Research and Policy Analyst

JOB POSTING: RESEARCH AND POLICY ANALYST

 

Formed in 1992, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization that strives to effectively and responsibly represent Ontario’s full and part-time undergraduate students to lobby for an affordable, accessible, accountable, and high-quality higher education system. In order to achieve these goals, OUSA provides research and policy solutions to government, organizes campaigns, communicates their priorities, and develops partnerships with post-secondary education sector stakeholders. With a membership of approximately 150,000 undergraduate, professional full and part-time students, OUSA is one of the largest and most respected student organizations in the country.