8 April 2013
Membership Advisory: Uniting Against Cuts to College of the North Atlantic
On March 26, 2013, the Provincial Government tabled the 2013 Newfoundland and Labrador Budget. While Budget 2013 maintained funding for the tuition fee freeze, grants program, 0% interest on provincial student loans, and increased funding for Memorial, it failed to meet students’ expectations in a key area – adequate funding for the College of the North Atlantic (CNA).
The cuts to funding for the College of the North Atlantic are an attack on Newfoundland and Labrador’s public post-secondary education system and set a dangerous precedent for all post-secondary programs – including those at Memorial University. Government has announced that in the coming year a full review of both Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic will be undertaken. These cuts to Newfoundland and Labrador’s only public college show that nothing in post-secondary education is off limits.
In response to this attack on post-secondary education, the MUNSU Research and Communications Committee unanimously passed an emergency motion condemning the cuts to the College of the North Atlantic and advocating public support for the efforts of the College of the North Atlantic Students’ Union to fight back against this attack on education in our province.
There will be province-wide demonstrations held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM so that students, staff, and community members can stand in solidarity against this attack on public education and show support for the continuation of a fully-funded, high quality, public college in this province. Members of the MUNSU Board of Directors will be attending the rally being held at the College of the North Atlantic Prince Phillip Drive Campus. We strongly encourage all students to attend and support the demonstrations and actions of the College of the North Atlantic Students’ Union. A list of demonstration locations across the province and a membership advisory from the College of the North Atlantic Students’ Union is attached hereto.
For more information or to get involved in actions against the cuts to the College of the North Atlantic, the move to privatize public programs, and the attack on our public system of post-secondary education contact your MUNSU Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MUN Students’ Union Board of Directors
Locations for Province Wide Protest Against Cuts to the College of the North Atlantic
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Bonavista, College of the North Atlantic Campus
Burin, College of the North Atlantic Campus
Carbonear, College of the North Atlantic Campus
Clarenville, Location TBD
Corner Brook, Location TBD
Gander, Location TBD
Grand-Falls-Windsor, College of the North Atlantic Campus
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Location TBD
Labrador City, Location TBD
Placentia, College of the North Atlantic Campus
Port-aux-Basques, College of the North Atlantic Campus
Stephenville, Mayfield Soccer Pitch
St. Anthony, College of the North Atlantic (11:30 AM)
St. John's, Prince Phillip Drive Campus
Updates to rally locations will be made as they become available.