One Thought To Start Your Day
About two and a half years ago, I said universities and scientists were headed for a catastrophic break because university Presidents were more inclined to gratefully accept whatever new dollars came their way rather than fight for research priorities. That break may actually happen next week, for evil things are reaching my ears about Tuesday’s federal budget.
To be clear: I know nothing for sure about what’s in Tuesday’s budget. The Liberals are deliberately choosing not to leak anything that … [ Read More ]
Yesterday when talking about the bad arguments for universal free fees, I left out two of the more common arguments. One of them I left out because it’s genuinely a much trickier argument to negotiate (and hence not one of the “ten bad arguments”) and the other because I plain forgot. Both of these arguments came up during discussions online—check out my Twitter feed if you’re curious. But let’s go over the arguments now.
Start with the latter, because we can … [ Read More ]
So this weekend at the NDP convention, delegates voted in favour of a free tuition policy. Based on a totally unscientific scan of twitter afterwards, here are the ten most common arguments in favour of this move, and why each of them is wrong.
1. The federal government can totally impose free tuition on the provinces
No, it can’t. The best it could do would be to pay the provinces to reduce tuition, which could be difficult given that they … [ Read More ]