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23 Jan 2019 | 02:21 AM UTC

Canada: Student groups to protest in Toronto January 25

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Student groups in Toronto to protest education reforms January 25; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/26/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Toronto). COUNTRY/REGION Toronto, Ontario


The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) Ontario has called for a demonstration in Toronto (Ontario province) on Friday, January 25, to protest proposed provincial education reforms. The "March Against OSAP Cuts" is expected to start at 14:00 (local time) at Yonge-Dundas Square and proceed to Queen's Park. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected along the demonstration route.


Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on January 17 a plan to block proposed education reforms, such as reduced tuition fees, and revert to the 2016-2017 Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP) framework. Student groups contend tuition rates are too high and, under the Ford's plan, low-income students will receive less financial assistance.


Individuals in Toronto are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations and protests, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.


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