Students Strongly Support NDP Commitment to Increase Minimum Wage

September 17, 2013

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Halifax, Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia students welcomed the NDP’s commitment this weekend to continue increasing the minimum wage based on the Low Income Cut Off (LICO).

“A fair minimum wage ensure that students are appropriately compensated for their work and protected from inflationary erosion of basic incomes,” said StudentsNS Executive Director Jonathan Williams. “We strongly support the NDP’s commitment to continue increasing the minimum wage based on the LICO.” More

Students Welcome NDP Commitment to Support First-Home Purchasing

September 12, 2013

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Halifax, Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia students welcomed today’s commitment from the NDP to help graduates with student loans purchase their first home.

“Student debt forces many graduates to delay purchasing a home, because they cannot scrape together the money for a down-payment,” said StudentsNS Executive Director Jonathan Williams. “We welcome the NDP’s commitment to help graduates with debt purchase homes here in Nova Scotia and start to build equity.”  More

Students Praise NS Liberal Promise to Introduce Graduate Student Scholarships

September 12, 2013

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Halifax, Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia students strongly support yesterday’s Liberal Party platform commitment to introduce $3.7 million in graduate research scholarships.

“Nova Scotia needs to compete for graduate students to get the most from our universities,” said StudentsNS Executive Director Jonathan Williams. “This new scholarship program will help Nova Scotia to attract outstanding student minds to our Province and give our graduate students a much-needed boost.”

Since 2002, the number of graduate students in Nova Scotia has grown by just 22%, compared with 57% growth in Ontario. While Ontario’s sheer size contributes to this divergence, these figures nevertheless highlight the need for Nova Scotia to compete for graduate students. More

Students Praise NS Liberal Promise to Eliminate Interest on Provincial Student Loans

September 10, 2013

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Halifax, Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia students strongly support Liberal Party leader Stephen McNeil’s election promise to eliminate interest on provincial student loans.

“Student debt continues to be an issue for many Nova Scotia graduates. It is one of the biggest factors driving our graduates to leave the Province in search of work,” said StudentsNS Executive Director Jonathan Williams. “Eliminating interest on provincial student loans could have a large impact at a relatively low cost. For students who must borrow to pay for their education, this provides peace of mind that they will not get burned by high borrowing costs when they graduate. We have been communicating this priority to the parties for close to a year, and the Liberal Party has clearly been listening.”  More

Students Nova Scotia condemns sexist and misogynistic chant at SMU

September 5, 2013

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Halifax—Students Nova Scotia is condemning the misogynistic chant promoting sexual assault at Saint Mary’s University.

“StudentsNS, its members, and all of the students we represent unequivocally condemn the SMU chant. There is not, and has never been, any place for this sort of culture on our university campuses”, said StudentsNS Executive Director Jonathan Williams. “While the SMU students involved surely failed to grasp the severity of what they were doing and saying, this very fact highlights the need to speak out about sexism when we see it, to refuse to allow a culture of sexism to fester on our campuses, and to the importance of cultivating a sustained conversation that creates real understanding, empathy and action around consent, sexual oppression, and sexual violence.” More

Students reiterate call for tuition freeze in Nova Scotia

September 4, 2013

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Halifax, N.S. —Nova Scotia students have repeated their calls for a freeze in tuition, as the Maritime Provinces’ Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) confirmed today that tuition in Nova Scotia grew faster than inflation again this year. Universities across the province increased their tuition by 3 percent, the maximum allowed by the Province, while provincial operating grants were cut by 3 percent. More