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Friday, September 12, 2014

Ontario with the highest tuition costs in Canada: $9,500 per year any comment from the Ontario Government that is not B.S

New report shows Ontario with highest tuition costs in Canada: $9,500 per year

We can't tackle the problem of growing income inequality if we are systematically tieing the hands of students, forcing them into a life of debt and poverty. What kind of national strategy is that?" — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Ottawa (12 Sept. 2014) — Tuition in Canada is estimated to increase by 13% says a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study Tier for Two: Managing the Optics of Provincial Tuition Fee Policies provides a detailed report of the dramatic increases in post-secondary education costs by provinces. 
Study shows how higher education is becoming something few can afford
The study reveals trends across the country in tuition and compulsory fees since 1993 and projects the fees for the next four years. The authors rank each province by affordability for median- and low-income families. 
"At a time when study after study shows that families' incomes are not keeping pace with the cost of living, when finding a good job with a decent salary and enough hours to get by on is harder and harder, and when debt levels are already at an all-time high, these tuition increases are putting higher education out of reach for too many," says James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). 
"Right now, our government and our institutions are failing our students. Without an employment strategy that will provide good jobs for graduates at the end of the road, these students are mortgaging their futures on a hope and a prayer. We need increased government funding so that universities don't have to fill the funding gaps on the backs of students."
Universities relying on unregulated compulsory fees and two-tier tuition fees to make up for government funding shortfalls
The CCPA study reports that compulsory ancilliary fees are the "go-to method for universities to circumvent fee caps and charge students more money,in part to compensate for insufficient core public funding."
Even still, the report shows that the "average tuition and other compulsory fees in Canada have almost tripled between 1993-94 and 2014-15, ranging from an increase of 239% in Ontario to 35% in Newfoundland and Labrador."
As fees have skyrocketed, public funding as a share of universities' operating revenue has decreased from 70% in 1993 to 55% in 2011. Tutiion fees, on the other hand, during this same period have increased from 18% to 37% of universities' operating revenue. 
Another way universities are bringing in more revenue is by charging out-of-proivnce students more than in-province students. 
“As fees continue to increase, almost without exception, provincial policies have shifted to a de facto two-tiered fee structure that sees in-province students charged less than out-of-province students for the same degree. It’s undercut the principle of universality, as students find themselves in very different financial situations depending on the province in which they reside and where they choose to pursue their education,” explains CCPA Education Director Erika Shaker.
Education the great equalizer
Nationally, university education has become, on average, 20% less affordable for median families in Canada since 1993. 
"This kind of education policy is not good for society. It's not good for the economy," Clancy continues. "While students are going deeper and deeper into debt each year, they won't be contributing to the economy. They'll be focused on making payments."
"Education is supposed to be the great equalizer that lets every person get a fair shot at a better life," says Clancy. "Yet that concept is getting farther from our reach. We can't tackle the problem of growing income inequality if we are systematically tieing the hands of students, forcing them into a life of debt and poverty. What kind of national strategy is that?"
"We appreciate the work the CCPA has done to sound the alarm about this crisis. Now we need the governments and universities to take action to make access more affordable for all Canadians."
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This posting is by NUPGE
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE
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The Econemy Will do Better When The Have Not's Start Getting A Bigger Slice Of the Pie

Growing income inequality weighs down economic recovery


The ILO, OECD and World Bank's joint report to G20 Labour Ministers stresses that “income inequality cannot be ignored by the G20 if stronger, sustainable and balanced growth is the objective.” 
Melbourne, Australia (11 September 2014) — A significant and persistent shortfall in the number and quality of the jobs being created in G20 countries is affecting prospects for reigniting economic growth, according to a report entitled G20 Labour Markets: Outlook, Key Challenges and Policy Responses. The report was prepared by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank Group for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting taking place in Melbourne, Australia, this week.
Report finds that wage growth is lagging and income inequality remains high 
One of the report's key findings is that wage growth has significantly lagged behind productivity growth in most G20 countries, while the wage gap and income inequality either remains high or has widened.
The report stresses that “income inequality cannot be ignored by the G20 if stronger, sustainable and balanced growth is the objective.” It points out that policy interventions that address growing income inequality are essential to reverse the current self-reinforcing cycle of slow growth, low job creation and low investment.
“Extensive evidence shows that high levels of income inequality tend to reinforce themselves, reducing social mobility and thus affecting long-term growth potential. In addition to the negative consumption and fiscal effects of stagnating incomes and inequality, International Monetary Fund research finds that lower net inequality is robustly correlated with faster and more durable growth and that the total effects of redistribution policies to address inequality are on average pro-growth.”
“Reducing inequality requires both improving the distribution of income and creating more and better jobs. Disparities in income will not be reduced if the benefits of economic growth continue to accrue mainly to holders of capital and those at the top end of the income distribution.”
Further action needed on protecting rights of workers and citizens to overcome growing income inequality
The report also highlights social protection, social dialogue, rights at work, and workplace safety as areas in need of further action.

Quality job creation and robust, equitable growth are intertwined goals, the study concludes. “Policy interventions that address both the demand and supply sides of the labour market are essential to reverse the current self-reinforcing cycle of slow growth, low job creation and low investment. Such policies would be much more effective if taken collectively and coordinated at the G20 level.”
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Man Gets the Beats by New York Cops For Asking Why He Was Being Searched

CCN Recently the New York City Police gave 23-year-old Santiago Hernandez a hard beating for nothing more than asking why they wanted to search him.
Hernandez was about to go meet a friend when the NYPD approached him and asked what he was doing.
The police said that they were investigating a “noise complaint” and they began to physically search Hernandez.
“I turned around and put my hands up,” Hernandez explained to local WABC.
But when the officers finished searching Hernandez, who had nothing illegal on him, he asked why they had searched him in the first place for a noise complaint. As soon as he asked this question, one of the NYPD cops slapped cuffs on him.
“I’m like, ‘Miss what are you doing? You’re hurting my arm,’” Hernandez recalled.
Only minutes later, surveillance footage shows half a dozen other officers showing up to help the initial officers punch, kick and beat with Hernandez with batons. Finally, they hosed him with pepper spray.
“They was taking turns on me. One kicks me, he steps back. Another one comes to punch me and he steps back. And another one comes and grabs my arm and hits me like 10 times with the baton. Another one comes and pepper sprayed me, they were taking turns like a gang,” Hernandez explained.
The video footage clearly shows Hernandez with bruises all over his body while officers beat him over and over. All of this for simply asking why he was being searched.
Hernandez and his lawyers are going to be filing a complaint. Watch the video below and help us SPREAD THE WORD!
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