The Canada Student Service Grant pays students less than minimum wage and strips them of basic employment protections. Doing this may well be illegal, writes Lisa Cameron, and it’most certainly sends the wrong message about student labour.
Today, students across Nova Scotia will walk out of class in support of Wet’suwet’en and Indigenous land and water defenders who are protecting their sovereign and unceded land from harmful oil and gas infrastructure of the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline and militarized force of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Media release: Students were looking for a bold investment in education and the climate, and saw neither. Tuition has increased more than 20% since this government came to power, making Nova Scotia the least affordable province for pursuing post-secondary education. Instead of making investments in students and investing in a just transition to a green economy, the government continues to give tax cuts for corporations.
News release: This federal election, students and youth are seeking bold solutions on two key issues: access to education and climate change. Students are ready to mobilize to make their issues election issues as they head back to class this week.
News release: Today students join members of FUNSCAD, the faculty union at NSCAD University, rallying to demand a fair deal for faculty along with an investment in public post-secondary education.
News release: Today students are calling on university presidents and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education to address the crisis of rising tuition fees and underfunding of institutions in Nova Scotia.
News release: The Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Labi Kousoulis, is currently negotiating tuition fee regulation and university funding for the next five years in backdoor meetings with University presidents and students are calling out the process as undemocratic.
Media release: Despite outcry from students, the Board of Governors at Mount Saint Vincent University will vote to approve a budget today that includes a 6% tuition fee increase for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia (CFS- NS) has been informed that they are not invited to the first meeting the government’s newly reinstated provincial Sexual Violence Prevention Committee to address sexual assault on university campuses. This decision comes as continued retaliation by the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Labi Kousoulis, against the CFS-NS, after an op-ed was published in The Coast on March 15 that was critical of the Liberal government’s decision to vote down campus sexual violence legislation.
The Department of Education will no longer meet with CFS-NS representatives because it didn’t like a Coast op-ed written by its Chairperson, Aidan McNally. The editorial was critical of the government’s unwillingness to deal with sexual violence on campus. “It is our responsibility to hold elected governments accountable to students, not to placate them. If we are doing the latter, we are not serving our members’ interests. The decision of this government to shut students out of representative spaces due to criticism is unacceptable,” writes the CFS-NS provincial executive committee in an open letter.