Review calls for significant changes to student union governance

February 20, 2015

For Immediate Release

Halifax, NS – An independent review released today has recommended significant changes to governance structures within Nova Scotia student unions. The report finds that student union structures have not evolved as the associations have grown in size and complexity, which undermines both student ownership and effective service delivery. The report includes 56 individual recommendations addressing issues ranging from governance structures to university relations and election rules. More

StudentsNS Releases Vision for Student Finance and the Student Movement

February 17, 2015

For Immediate Release

Halifax, NS – Students Nova Scotia released a vision paper on student finance and the student movement this morning. The brief paper advocates for needs-based grants to fully meets students’ costs to attend post-secondary education. It calls for student movement unity across Canada in support of this vision.

“Students Nova Scotia is articulating a new vision for student financial assistance and the student movement focused on supporting those who need help the most,” said StudentsNS President, Brandon Hamilton. “Improving targeted financial assistance is the only way to ensure all qualified Canadians can afford to attend post-secondary education without elevated debt.” More

Now or Never? Student Demonstration Decries Government Inaction on Ivany Report and Demographic Crisis

February 12, 2015

For Immediate Release

Students representatives from across the province will be gathering at Victoria Park at 11am to speak to the media, although individual representatives will be available on site for interviews throughout the day.

Halifax, NS – Students Nova Scotia has erected a 25-foot-tall inflatable clock emblazoned with the words “Now or Never?” at Victoria Park in Halifax today. The action is drawing attention to the Nova Scotia government’s failure to respond to the Ivany Report, especially when it comes to youth employment, retention, and attraction. More

Students and Youth Not Fooled by Graduate to Opportunities

February 6, 2015
For Immediate Release
Halifax, NS – Students were unimpressed as the Government of Nova Scotia announced the Graduate to Opportunities program this morning. Students Nova Scotia noted that the program does not come close to offsetting the more than $40 million taken away from students and recent graduates with the elimination of the Graduate Retention Rebate. Meanwhile, the program undergoing a very slow roll-out and it’s unclear to what extent it will create new jobs.

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Case studies demonstrate financial barriers to post-secondary education in Nova Scotia

February 3, 2015

For Immediate Release

Halifax, NS – A report released this morning by Students Nova Scotia demonstrates the financial challenges facing many post-secondary students in Nova Scotia. Making Sense of Fees, Debt and Unmet Need: Case Studies in Nova Scotia Post-Secondary Student Finance outlines how changes in student assistance programs, fees and other costs have impacted on eight hypothetical students since 2004. The results show the difficult circumstances facing many Nova Scotia students and how different policies would address these challenges.

“This report should be a wake-up call for our government, universities and community college to ensure all Nova Scotians can afford post-secondary education in our province,” said Brandon Hamilton, StudentsNS President. “We have made some progress, but still have a long way to go to have a fully accessible and affordable post-secondary system.” More