Signs of the times

Students are marching in support of deficits.

Nice signs. Not cheap.

There was a protest in Wolfville also. [Anyone got pics?]

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is the umbrella organizer, providing signs and materials for Wolfville organizers to use

[Although Acadia is not a member of CFS but of CASA.]

From an article in the Athenaeum:

Currently, Nova Scotia Universities are experiencing a “tuition freeze,” where tuition costs have remained the same for the past three years. However, government has had to supplement the costs incurred. It still cost more to go to school in 2010 than in 2007, it is just that the government fronts the costs instead of the students – at roughly $30 million dollars annually under the freeze. In addition, many of the students who attend university in Nova Scotia leave the province after receiving a degree. This does not bode well for the government, as they are subsidizing the education of someone who is statistically expected not to contribute back to the local economy.

What we noticed from the Province’s announcement:

From 2004 until 2010, funding for universities has increased from $212 million to $349 million or 65 per cent.

65% in 6 years! Why? CPI was less than 3% per year. Unsustainable do you think?

Anyway, it’s user pay or everyone pays.




6 responses to “Signs of the times

  1. gee…the reason people don’t stay in Nova Scotia couldn’t possibly because there are NO FREAKING AVAILABLE JOBS…

  2. Everyone should pay not just the students. If you tax the rich a little more and same with the corporations to gain more funding for universities than more students could afford to go to school. I’m not in school because I can’t afford to come out of school with a $75,000 debt. If you want a brighter, smarter, more educated future generation of Novan Scotians than you need to make it affordable to go to school here. There is many places in the world where school if FREE, why not here?

  3. Is the 65% increase a reliable number? Salary increases are not that much different from inflation, so that doesn’t seem to explain the matter. I guess part of it might be due to increased enrollments? Perhaps part due to stimulus spending on infrastructure? Perhaps part due to university funding being increased to prevent growth of University debt? Perhaps part is due to glamor projects, you know, like the $26 million of Federal funding for some special ocean thingy at Dal that was contingent on getting $26 million from somewhere else (ie the province)? Apparently excessive cost increases of the primary and secondary educational system also seem to be poorly understood.

    Large cost increases suggest waste, somewhere. But where? How do you sort the effective spending from the waste? Ultimately, it is the job of the educational systems to figure things out and to work within the bounds of what can be afforded… like everyone.

    The real question to me is why can’t we all afford more? Perhaps it’s because the rich folks headed out of province, fast on the heels of the corporations, when someone said “tax the rich a little more and same with the corporations”.

    It all beats me.

    • Waste does seem to be invisible. Not too many people mention it, even when they claim to be trying to get deficits under control.