StudentsNS releases Pre-Budget Submission focused on student assistance, underrepresented groups, and MSI coverage

February 2, 2016

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2016

Halifax, N.S. – Today, StudentsNS released their 2016 Pre-Budget submission, Investing in Nova Scotia’s Future, Today. This documents calls on the government to make key, strategic investments into the Nova Scotia Student Assistance Program, support for Nova Scotia’s Indigenous and African Nova Scotian Communities, and the coverage of health insurance for international students.

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StudentsNS celebrates government partnership with Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia

December 9, 2015

Halifax, N.S. – Today, the Nova Scotia Government announced a partnership with Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia that will ensure Nova Scotia students are provided with information about student assistance beginning in grade nine. StudentsNS celebrates the government’s partnership as it will mean that are students are better equipped to make financial decisions surrounding post-secondary education.

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Federal and Provincial Student Leaders Tour Nova Scotia During Inaugural Provincial Partnership Week

December 1, 2015

Halifax, December 1, 2015 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and Students Nova Scotia (StudentsNS) have completed a week of meetings in Nova Scotia, addressing issues pertaining to post-secondary education and youth. The focus of these meetings is too ensure Nova Scotian decision makers understand that students stand united both provincially and federally on a number of key issues.
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StudentsNS commends ONE Nova Scotia Coalition for their work and recommendations

November 6, 2015

November 6, 2015

Halifax, N.S. – The ONE Nova Scotia Coalition officially released their report entitled “We Choose Now” today and StudentsNS is optimistic about its impacts for youth. Nova Scotians have heard time and time again that “the status quo will not be good enough.” Now, the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition has begun to chart a path forward.
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Student voice becomes increasingly important after disappointing tuition increase

October 26, 2015

October 26, 2015

Halifax, N.S. – Saint Mary’s University students were notified of the results of the government allowing a one-time market adjustment. Saint Mary’s announced they would take advantage of the government’s decision and raise tuition, beginning next year. Students’ tuition will rise anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars per year beginning in 2016-2017. This is another example of the cost of university being transferred directly to students.

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Students applaud possibilities created by MyNSfuture.ca

October 13, 2015

October 13, 2015

Halifax, N.S. – Students are excited today because the government has launched MyNSfuture.ca. This portal will change the way students, both current and prospective, access post-secondary education in this province.

“This website adds a key dimension to both the recruitment and retention efforts of our universities,” said Fallis Thompson, Chair of StudentsNS. “To bring such a platform online increases accessibility for many students looking to come to Nova Scotia to study. It will allow prospective students to gain a wealth of information about the amazing, quality universities and colleges we have in Nova Scotia.”
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Students set achievable goals in Annual Plan for 2015-2016

September 15, 2015

Students from across Nova Scotia have come together to set the priorities for StudentsNS for the 2015-2016 year. StudentsNS has prioritized six areas for this year in its 2015-2016 Annual Plan: government relations and advocacy, diverse representation in student leadership, inclusion of colleges, bilateral agreements and outcome measures, better engagement of students, and internal policies.

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Students reminded of the importance of ending the rape culture on campuses

September 10, 2015

For Immediate Release

Halifax, N.S. – With the recent sexual assault charges that were laid on a student at Acadia University, students across the province are reminded again of the importance of ending the rape culture on our campuses.

StudentsNS has been committed to this issue and continues to lead the discussion around the prevention of sexualized violence and the elimination of the rape culture on our campuses in Nova Scotia. StudentsNS continues to support Acadia University Students’ Union at this time and recognizes that this is not an isolated incident. Many students do not report such instances illustrating one of the biggest challenges surrounding sexualized violence.

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StudentsNS Welcomes New Executive Director

August 5, 2015

StudentsNS welcomes Nick Head-Petersen as its 8th Executive Director. Nick graduated from St. Francis Xavier University, in 2013, with a Bachelor of Science in biology. During his time at StFX, Nick served as Students’ Union President in 2012-2013 and sat on the Board of Directors of StudentsNS. After completing his undergraduate degree, Nick attended the University of Victoria where he completed a Masters of Public Health, with a focus in Indigenous Health.

It was his continuing interest in advocacy, public policy, and post-secondary education that led Nick back to StudentsNS. “It is really a homecoming for me. StudentsNS is the group representing the interests of students throughout the province, and I look forward to my new role with the organization,” said Head-Petersen.

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Nova Scotia Students Disappointed by CFS Lawsuit Against Cape Breton Students

July 16, 2015

Student leaders across Nova Scotia expressed concern on Thursday over the recent decision in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) lawsuit against the Cape Breton University Students’ Union (CBUSU). In that decision, an Ontario Superior Court justice ordered CBUSU to pay $293,000 in damages to the CFS, in addition to their court costs. CBUSU was prompted to leave the CFS after a 2008 campus-wide disaffiliation vote where 92% percent supported leaving.

“This decision severely weakens the student movement in Nova Scotia and threatens the autonomy of our associations”, said StudentsNS Chair Fallis Thompson. “It frustrates the very idea of campus democracy and threatens the viability of an organization created to defend student interests in Cape Breton.”
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