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Toronto CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan and Janice Folk-Dawson, chair of the Ontario University Workers Co-ordinating Committee, will release an interim report from the CUPE Campus Check-Up at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26 at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront.

Un-ranking Ontarios universities is the theme of the CUPE Campus Check-Up, an on-the-ground evaluation of Ontario universities from duct tape repairs to whos funding programs. Every year, Macleans magazine issues a survey and ranking of Canadian universities. The CUPE Campus Check-Up took the Macleans criteria and looked at similar issues from the point of view that communities and families have the right to participate in a fully equitable, accessible and affordable public post-secondary education system.

Un-ranking Ontarios universities is appropriate in 2004 because, when it comes to working, studying and living on campus, every institution is in a sorry state, says Ryan. Ontario, the province that is the engine of Canadas economy, now places 10th in funding its post-secondary schools. And it shows.

    Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario
    Janice Folk-Dawson, Chair, Ontario University Workers Co-ordinating Committee

    Release of CUPE Campus Check-Up interim report unranking Ontarios universities

    1:30 p.m., Friday, March 26, 2004

    Martello Room, Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront (1 Princess Street)

At 7:00 p.m., the Ontario University Workers Co-ordinating Committee Conference opens at the same location. More than 100 university workers will view a slide presentation on the CUPE Campus Check-Up and hear a panel discussion with Sid Ryan, Canadian Federation of Students Graduate Caucus Chair Andrea Rounce, and Erika Shaker from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

For more information, please contact:
Pat Daley, CUPE Communications
416-616-6142 (cell)

Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario
416-209-0066 (cell)