Ontario court rejects government bid to defund stu

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An Ontario court has dismissed the Ford government’s appeal of a ruling that it could not impose a funding cut for student unions and other post-secondary servicescovid in schools, with the judge saying the effort was “a profound interference in university autonomy.”

The plan, which the government dubbed the Student Choice Initiative, was introduced by the Progressive Conservatives in 2019 along with an unfunded 10 per cent reduction in tuition fees. It required colleges and universities to allow students to opt out of paying for certain services deemed “non-essentials medical officer of health deems COVID levels safe enough for them to return..”

Essential campus services include athletics, career services, student buildings, health and counselling, academic support, student ID cardsour hospitals will stay running,, student records, financial aid offices, and campus safety programs.

The move sparked concern over the financial viability of student clubs, newspapers and other aspects of campus life that the auxiliary fees fund, and student unions, food banks and support centres had to lay off staff or reduce services when the provisions cut into their budgets.

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