StudentsNS is pleased to welcome Sophie Helpard as its new Executive Director

June 21, 2016

Halifax, N.S. – StudentsNS is pleased to welcome Sophie Helpard as its 9th Executive Director. Sophie comes to StudentsNS after serving as President of the University Students’ Council where she represented the 30,000 undergraduate students at Western University in London, Ontario. At Western, she studied Political Science at Huron University College, an affiliated liberal arts college on campus.

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StudentsNS calls on province to pass Sexual Assault Prevention Legislation

April 28, 2016

For Immediate Release
April 28th, 2016

Halifax, N.S. – StudentsNS is calling on the government to support the passage of Bill 164 put forward by the Progressive Conservatives. The bill introduced this week is similar to the New Democratic Party’s Bill 114, but addresses the previous concerns StudentsNS had. Bill 164 calls for the necessary action surrounding sexualized violence prevention.

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Nova Scotia Budget 2016-2017 misses the mark on post-secondary education

April 19, 2016

Nova Scotia Budget 2016-2017 misses the mark on post-secondary education

For Immediate Release
April 19th, 2016

Halifax, N.S. – Students in Nova Scotia are disappointed that today’s budget address missed the mark on post-secondary education. In fact, the budget address delivered by Minister Delorey provided few supports for post-secondary students.

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StFX Students’ Union signs historic consultation agreement with their Board of Governors

March 4, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax, N.S. – The St. Francis Xavier Students’ Union (The U) has signed a historic agreement with the St. Francis Xavier Board of Governors (The Board). The two parties agreed to the terms of the agreement last week, after months of collaborative consultation. The U President, Troy Mrazek, and University President, Dr. Kent MacDonald, signed off on the agreement Wednesday March 2, 2016.

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StudentsNS concludes its largest Advocacy Week

February 22, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax, N.S. – Last week, StudentsNS successfully held advocacy meetings with MLAs from all three provincial parties. Delegates from StudentsNS’s member schools met with approximately half of the sitting Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) over the course of two days.

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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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