StudentsNS to Close RBC Accounts Following Misuse of Temporary Foreign Workers Program

April 25, 2013

Halifax– StudentsNS, which represents 37,471 Nova Scotia students, announced today that it is moving its accounts from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to Credit Union Atlantic (CUA), following recent revelations that an RBC contractor misused the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program to outsource IT operations and replace 45 Canadian employees. At least one replacement foreign employee was brought into Canada with a TFW visa, on the pretense that no one in Canada had the required skills.

“Students are investing more in their education than ever before often because they want to work for companies like RBC, so it’s upsetting to hear a company claim they cannot find Canadians with the skills to fill these jobs,” said Jonathan Williams, StudentsNS Executive Director. “We had been thinking about a change, but with these revelations decided to act right away.” More

Students Concerned by Dalhousie’s Transparency and Priorities

April 2, 2013

Students Nova Scotia: For Immediate Release 

The Dalhousie Faculty Association’s report last week revealed that in ten years Dalhousie diverted over $85 million in operating funds into capital spending and increased its debt 650% to $106 million. Students were dismayed by these findings, which show the institution has made significant cuts to academics and support services and raised fees on false pretenses. More