Students Nova Scotia has released a paper offering its vision for improved student financial assistance in Canada. The paper suggests that needs-based grants that fully meet students’ cost to attend PSE would help reach those in most need of help to attend PSE.
Dramatically better economic development is a central theme of the Ivany report. The strategy revealed by the Liberals last spring has had an underwhelming launch. It would help if economic development had a full-time minister working on the right issues.
It’s been a year since Ray Ivany’s One Nova Scotia Commission Report painted a bleak future for Nova Scotia, and students and politicians are saying not enough has been done.
A demonstration today in Halifax’s Victoria Park, co-ordinated by Students NS, an alliance of university student unions, has raised a giant inflatable clock ticking down to midnight with the slogan, “Now or Never” on the face, calling attention to the lack of action. Their campaign has a foreboding title of Farewell to Nova Scotia, implying the province could one day disappear if migration and employment trends continue.
Students erected a nearly eight-metre-high inflatable clock in Halifax’s busy Spring Garden Road area Thursday to bring attention to the urgency felt by many young people in Nova Scotia.
The prop at Victoria Park wasn’t actually ticking but was emblazoned with the words Now or Never? to draw attention to what students say is the provincial government’s inaction on the Ivany report, especially regarding issues of youth employment, retention and attraction.
StudentsNS has published a series of hypothetical case studies that shed light on the costs faced by PSE students in Nova Scotia.