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Former SU president concerned for MacHall

By Fabian Mayer, March 29 2016 — For the second time in one week, the University of Calgary and its Students’ Union agreed to extend their mediation over MacHall’s ownership. The mediation period, which expired March 24, was extended until April 15 at 5:00 p.m. This is the third time the mediation has been lengthened….

Liberal budget neglects Indigenous post-secondary

By Fabian Mayer, March 29 2016 — Despite running a $29.4-billion deficit, the Liberal government did not find the funds to expand financial assistance for indigenous post-secondary students. A two per cent cap on increases to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program — which provides financial support to First Nations and Inuit students — remains in…

Changes to formerly troubled ombuds office yield positive results

By Fabian Mayer, March 29 2016 — After a rocky couple of years, the ombuds office has made numerous changes in an attempt to improve its services. The office provides students with impartial counsel, dealing mostly with academic issues. The Students’ Union threatened to withdraw its portion of the office’s funding last March due to…

Liberals break promise on Indigenous post-secondary funding

By Fabian Mayer, March 29 2016 — Despite running a $29.4-billion deficit, the Liberal government did not find the funds to expand financial assistance for indigenous post-secondary students. A two per cent cap on increases to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program — which provides financial support to First Nations and Inuit students — remains in…

MacHall mediation extended for third time

By Fabian Mayer and Kate Jacobson, March 24 2016 — For the second time this week, the University of Calgary and its Students’ Union have agreed to extend their mediation over MacHall’s ownership. The mediation period, which expired today, was extended until April 15 at 5:00 p.m. This is the third time the mediation has…

Liberals boost post-secondary spending in deficit budget

By Fabian Mayer, March 22 2016 — Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government unveiled a $29.4-billion deficit, massive infrastructure spending and Indigenous health and education investments in the first budget since his government’s October election. The budget also includes numerous commitments for youth and post-secondary students. The government plans to increase funding for Canada Student Grants by…

Students’ Union pushes for change to student transit fines

By Fabian Mayer, March 21 2016 — Forgetful students fined for riding the train without their UPass may soon be able to get out of paying if the Students’ Union is successful in its push to change the bylaw regulating transit fines. Students’ Union president Levi Nilson sent a letter — also signed by University…

Public consultations can hurt more than help

By Fabian Mayer, March 15, 2016 — Like Beanie Babies and topknots, public consultation is becoming a fad. From federal ministers touring the country in “pre-budget consultations” to the city’s round of “engagement opportunities” currently underway on possible upgrades to Crowchild Trail, governments are more and more likely to look for public input. On the…

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