TTC Post-Secondary Metropass
TTC Post-Secondary Metropasses will be sold out of the YFS Member Services Office, room 106 Student Centre. With your YFS discount student passes only cost $104!
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Press Release: York Students Condemn Hate Crime on Campus
York Students Condemn Hate Crime on Campus
TORONTO, Aug. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Students are calling on York University to take action after Muslim students found Qur'ans, the Muslim holy book, defaced and placed in garbage bins in and around the Scott Religious Centre last week.
"Students are appalled at this incident of Islamophobia on our campus and strongly condemn such hateful acts," said Safiyah Husein, Vice-President Equity for the York Federation of Students. "Islamophobia on campus, like all forms of hate and discrimination, compromises the ability of students to work, live and study in a safe and inclusive environment,
Over the course of 2008 and 2009, York University underwent a safety audit in response to a series of incidents of violence on campus. In June 2010, the final report of the audit was released including about 100 recommendations for improving safety on campus.
The York Federation of Students has been advocating for a mandatory Equity Studies course that will give all students a chance to engage in dialogues about racism, sexism, homophobia and all forms of discrimination. This recommendation from the report has yet to be implemented.
"An effective campus safety strategy needs a holistic approach, including improving physical infrastructure, changing institutional policy and seriously tackling discrimination and hatred on campus," Husein continued. "By implementing equity-based programming, York University could help stop these kinds of hateful acts before they happen."
The York Federation of Students represents 52 000 undergraduate students at York University.
SOURCE: York Federation of Students
For further information:
Safiyah Husein, YFS Vice-President Equity, 647-295-9706 or 416-736-2100 ext 20253 Hamid Osman, Executive Director, York Federation of Students, 416-736-5324
Liberal Tuition Grant
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Students are excited to see the government taking concrete steps to address the mounting cost of post-secondary education and to ensure that low-and middle-income students are able to attend. Students have long called for a tuition fee reduction and are pleased that the government has committed $430 million dollars to provide a grant for some students.
However, students hope to work with the Ontario government to improve the policy. We are concerned that the tuition fee grant will exclude students who need it the most, is inadequate at assessing need, will be expensive to administer, will be difficult to implement at an institutional level and will fail to bring more access to the sector in the way that the government intends.
We want to ensure that government policy has the goal of addressing inequality in access to post-secondary education. To this end, we have created this document to begin a process of collaboration to improve the policy together. We hope that such collaboration will result in the implementation of a policy that both students and policy-makers can be pleased with for September 2013.