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Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is rolling back student aid
Grants the former Liberal government billed as “free tuition” for low-income students will now be a mix of grants and repayable loans, while students in higher income brackets will no longer be eligible for grants.
The PCs also said tuition fees for domestic students will be cut by 10 per cent in 2019-20 and frozen for 2020-21. Colleges and universities will be forced to adjust budgets to account for the loss of revenue.
Carleton University professor Gabriele Contessa says the changes are unfair and short-sighted: “If the Ford government was actually interested in making higher education more accessible to and affordable for lower- and midincome families, the way forward is to expand the grants program, not cut tuition fees across the board.”
Employee fired after leak of Ford government’s health plan
An Ontario government employee has been fired and the Ontario Provincial Police have been notified after confidential documents about a provincial health-care overhaul were leaked to the NDP. The Globe’s Queen’s Park reporter Laura stone reports that an internal government memo from interim cabinet secretary Steven Davison says that, as a result of an investigation, “the employee responsible for this breach is no longer employed in the Ontario Public Service. The Ontario Provincial Police have also been notified.” Last week, the NDP leaked a draft government bill that has prompted critics to accuse the Progressive Conservative government of planning to create a two-tier health-care system.