Colleges Archive

  • BY REBECCA SOARES Christmas may not be ruined for college students but their school year definitely got more difficult. On Oct. 16, colleges across Ontario began a strike that lasted five weeks and because of it, the remaining semester, as well as the winter semester, got extended. While the strike didn’t impede Christmas plans for many students, it affected those with jobs. In October and November, students couldn’t sign up for more hours because they...

    Prolonged semesters raise concerns

    BY REBECCA SOARES Christmas may not be ruined for college students but their school year definitely got more difficult. On Oct. 16, colleges across Ontario began a strike that lasted five weeks and because of it, the remaining semester, as well as the winter semester, got extended. While the strike didn’t impede Christmas plans for many students, it affected those with jobs. In October and November, students couldn’t sign up for more hours because they...

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  • Spoke reporter Rebecca Soares covered Conestoga College’s 50th anniversary celebration on Oct. 5 at the Doon campus. Ontario’s college system began in 1967, and now boasts more than two million graduates. On Oct. 5, a celebration was held at the college, which included a free barbecue hosted by CSI, which was enjoyed by Conestoga students, employees, graduates and retirees. Also part of the event was an Amazing 50 trailer which is travelling across the province...

    Celebrating 50 years with cake and a free barbecue

    Spoke reporter Rebecca Soares covered Conestoga College’s 50th anniversary celebration on Oct. 5 at the Doon campus. Ontario’s college system began in 1967, and now boasts more than two million graduates. On Oct. 5, a celebration was held at the college, which included a free barbecue hosted by CSI, which was enjoyed by Conestoga students, employees, graduates and retirees. Also part of the event was an Amazing 50 trailer which is travelling across the province...

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  • BY TAYLOR PACE A potential strike looms at Ontario’s 24 public colleges as faculty near the end of their contract. Professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians at colleges throughout the province, represented by the Ontario Public Services Employee Union (OPSEU), voted in favour of a strike mandate on Sept. 14. Conestoga College faculty members received an email from Lana-Lee Hardacre, president of OPSEU Local 237, stating that of the 782 eligible voters at Conestoga, 60 per...

    Faculty strike looms

    BY TAYLOR PACE A potential strike looms at Ontario’s 24 public colleges as faculty near the end of their contract. Professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians at colleges throughout the province, represented by the Ontario Public Services Employee Union (OPSEU), voted in favour of a strike mandate on Sept. 14. Conestoga College faculty members received an email from Lana-Lee Hardacre, president of OPSEU Local 237, stating that of the 782 eligible voters at Conestoga, 60 per...

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  • BY MIKE TURCOTTE It’s not uncommon to hear in the news about teachers wanting to strike with demands like increased wages and less work. We immediately think of the big school strike that happened in 1997, where more than 125,000 public and Catholic school teachers were off the job for two weeks. It seems that another major strike may be on the horizon, this time at Ontario colleges. According to the Ontario Public Service Employees...

    Strike looms

    BY MIKE TURCOTTE It’s not uncommon to hear in the news about teachers wanting to strike with demands like increased wages and less work. We immediately think of the big school strike that happened in 1997, where more than 125,000 public and Catholic school teachers were off the job for two weeks. It seems that another major strike may be on the horizon, this time at Ontario colleges. According to the Ontario Public Service Employees...

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  • BY SCOTT BLINKHORN Education and health care are the only items on a provincial budget that will never be cut. There are a variety of reasons for this of course, but the most compelling is simply that Canadians believe wholeheartedly in the importance of both of them. In terms of education, in addition to actually teaching the next generation, the K-12 system also helps students figure out their lives. It is in essence a flow...

    Colleges provide quality education

    BY SCOTT BLINKHORN Education and health care are the only items on a provincial budget that will never be cut. There are a variety of reasons for this of course, but the most compelling is simply that Canadians believe wholeheartedly in the importance of both of them. In terms of education, in addition to actually teaching the next generation, the K-12 system also helps students figure out their lives. It is in essence a flow...

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  • BY ALEX RIESE For many, postsecondary education is the first step to a career. And, according to Conestoga College’s graduate employment report, students at Conestoga are on sturdy ground. The report is collected on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to evaluate how effective post-secondary institutions are at preparing graduates for the working world. The most important statistic is the overall hiring rate, which details the percentage of Conestoga graduates who find...

    Conestoga grads getting jobs report finds

    BY ALEX RIESE For many, postsecondary education is the first step to a career. And, according to Conestoga College’s graduate employment report, students at Conestoga are on sturdy ground. The report is collected on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to evaluate how effective post-secondary institutions are at preparing graduates for the working world. The most important statistic is the overall hiring rate, which details the percentage of Conestoga graduates who find...

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