OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Thursday, February 6

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QUESTION: Hypothetical question: Would any of you support a $1-$3 additional charge to your tuition to go towards a program that goes towards giving the poorest families in the KW region a monthly food subsidy?

The program would give low-income families what would function almost as gift cards in grocery stores around the region.

Poverty and nutrition are some of the biggest determinants of health. This purpose of this program would be to alleviate the negative impact on health due to not being able to afford proper food.

Thanks in advance for any replies!

34 comments

  1. While I think supporting families who lack the basic economic ability to buy nutritional food is a noble and necessary cause, I do not think it should be tacked onto tuition.
    Perhaps partnering with the FEDs foodbank to increase awareness, or having food services ask people to add a $1 to their bill would be more appropriate. Or even a school wide campaign for donations (similar to the United Way - maybe it could be tied to Orientation or Welcome Week?).

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  2. I would totally support this. Although, I think it should be something you can opt out of, like many of the other charges that are included in our tuition. That way if people didn't want to be a part of of the initiative, or didn't have the means to donate, they wouldn't have to. Kudos, OP. This is the kind of thing I would want to get involved with.

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  3. I agree with 1 that it's a great cause but should not be tacked onto tuition, and that a school-wide campaign would be a good alternative. The money should be donated, at the discretion of the individual, to the charity or non-profit organization that can deliver this program most capably and efficiently.

    And while it's great to give a helping hand and care for those in need, we should also think about how to help them help themselves so they don't have to rely on handouts or welfare. Complementing these initiatives, we should petition the government to lower taxes and remove inefficient regulations for small to mid-sized businesses. That way these businesses can afford to hire more and pay better wages to people from these low-income households. In turn they can work and earn enough to afford nutritious foods for their families.

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    1. Wtf is this trickle-down nonsense?

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    2. Nice try. Mitt Romney.

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    3. I didn't know OMGUW was graced by cabinet ministers, Mr. Flaherty.

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    4. 3a-c, what is your alternative plan to help people help themselves after they get help from others?

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  4. To be perfectly honest, I would not support this at all. No one, particularly students, should be forced to give money to charity.

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    1. If they can opt out, its not forced.

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    2. ^ yeah, right

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  5. Political suicide for any one that suggests this. It's not up to the university to attribute wealth based on what they think is "social responsibility." I understand the good intention, and you can opt out, but at most it should be an "opt in" measure.

    I owe 48k to OSAP, as far as I know I am the poor and underprivileged.

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  6. No.

    At the most, let us opt in, don't force us to opt out.

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  7. No, I'm poor myself.

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  8. I already donate money to a charitable organisation of my choice and the amount I donate is exactly how much I want to donate. I don't need the university tacking even one extra penny onto my tuition so that they can give to an organisation that I may not personally support. And by making it such a small amount of money, it doesn't make sense for me to spend twenty minutes trying to get it back so an incentive has been created to not opt out which seems like a sneaky way of squeezing just a little bit more out of us.

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  9. lol i've seen a lot of the poor people in towns in Canada and it's cause they are (largely) lazy fucks. I'll give my charity money to people who actually need it

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    1. lol @ lazy fucks. The laziest are kids who think reading a text book makes them better than others or somehow more employable.

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  10. Poor people should become bartenders, then the students will be able to connect with them and will tip them the $1 - $3 as they destroy their livers.

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  11. Hell NO!!!! Already owe 50k to OSAP :( How about OP himself donates more than 2-3$ for that "noble" cause...or better yet since he has extra money for "noble" causes he makes a program with a healthy breakfast for every uw student? How many of us do not eat right and go HUNGRY to 8:30am class...

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  12. The cause is admirable, but the last thing we need is another opt-out fee. It's not really an endorsement of the cause if people have to spend more time to get a couple dollars back than it's worth. You have to change hearts, not laws.

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  13. How about we take the 40k or whatever David Collins makes every year for not doing jack shit and donate all that to charity.

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  14. We actually have a similar program at Laurier. We pay $1/course per term to sponsor post-secondary education for refugees.

    I don't disagree with the idea, but I oppose forcing people to pay into something. People should be free to make their own choices about how to spend their money (charity included). Also, tuition & fees are high enough- let's not add to that figure.

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  15. So, I'm guessing everyone here hates the fee they pay to FEDS each term for the student refugee program too, yeah?

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    1. Yes, that would be a logical deduction. Well done

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    2. Pretty much, lots of complaints here about that

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  16. Why not an opt in fee then?

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  17. No. If I want to donate I will chose to and I will put in effort to donate. Assuming I want to donate and taking my money unless I specify not to us just wrong

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  18. It's a nice idea but I don't think you're asking the right demographic of people. We're students; we pay thousands of dollars in tuition and have thousands of dollars in debt. If it was to be implemented, it should at least be opt in and not opt out.

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  19. Personally I would be fine with it, but I know too many people who are either in crippling dept, or have zero disposable income, for me to support it.

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  20. Definitely! That's not even the cost of a can of pop in some stores or a drink at the bar.

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  21. Definitely! That's not even the cost of a can of pop in some stores or a drink at the bar.

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  22. You fucking sniveling whitebread pissants. Give up a single beer or slice of pizza once a month and you wouldn't even know that money was gone. Anyone who can afford to get into university is far from poor. We all know that mommy and daddy's money pays for most of you worthless turds. So shut your fat shithead mouths and give actual poor kids the chance for an education they'd actually appreciate - unlike you.

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    1. I already donate to the charities I choose to and I don't see why the school should get to nickel and dime us in order to donate our money on their behalf to a charity of their choice. You also need to learn to make a cogent argument without resorting to schoolyard name calling. Then people won't write you (and your argument) off as someone who lets their emotions get in the way of their reasoning. So tonight I think I'm going to have a beer and a slice of pizza in your honour.

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