Is Journalism "Essential"? Doug Ford's Government Doesn't Think So
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Is Journalism “Essential”? Doug Ford’s Government Doesn’t Think So
New rules place student media in vulnerable position, which could have effects across the industry

Student journalists are readying for a fight after Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities announced on Thursday it will allow postsecondary students to opt out of “non-essential” fees, including levies for student publications.

Minister Merrilee Fullerton said levies for athletics, health, and career services, among other programs, will remain mandatory. Beyond that, it’s up to each university to decide which fees are “essential.”

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