College tuition refund number release delayed, ministry still compiling figures
The provincial government says the release of the number of students seeking a tuition refund after a five-week-long strike cancelled classes at Ontario's colleges could be delayed as much as a week.
Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews says the government has received the figures from the province's 24 colleges, but is just now compiling them for release.
The deadline for students to apply for a refund was Dec. 5 and the government had originally expected to release the figures today.
Matthews says preliminary data suggests the ``vast majority'' of students have chosen to stick with their programs and finish the extended semester.
The government ended the strike in November with back-to-work legislation passed in a rare weekend sitting at Queen's Park.
Matthews says students experienced hardship as a result of the strike and the ministry will monitor re-enrollment in January to ensure they can continue their education.
A very successful 2017-2018 IceDogs regular season came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 win over Mississauga. A sellout St Patty's Day Meridian Centre crowd watched Niagara record their 35th win of the season for a total of 80 points in the OHL's Eastern Conference as Johnny Corneil lead the way with a goal and two assists.
Kirill Maksimov enjoyed a four point night while Johnny Corneil and Ben Jones each scored a pair in the IceDogs 6-3 Friday night win in Erie. With the win, Niagara has now secured home ice advantage in their first round playoff series with Oshawa.
Johnny Corneil scored the overtime winner exactly half-way through the extra period as the IceDogs prevailed 3-2 over visiting Hamilton for Niagara's fifth win in six meetings versus the Bulldogs. Stephen Dhillon was also big stopping 41 shots for the IceDogs fifth straight victory.