Romano absent at Zoom meeting focused on Laurentian University insolvency

The absence of one person was apparent to the over 400 people who took in a Zoom meeting focusing on the financial woes of Laurentian University.

On Wednesday, speakers at the town hall style meeting expressed their concerns and called upon the province to provide secure funding for the school.

The event, organized by Sudbury NDP MPP Jamie West, the community group Save our Sudbury and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations invited Training, Colleges and Universities Minister and Sault MPP Ross Romano to participate, but he declined.

Most of the speakers focused on the lack of information in the insolvency process Laurentian University is now in calling on Romano to ensure the continued support of the school.

Prior to the meeting, Romano did state in a press release the Ministry provided grants accounting for more than 40 per cent of the university’s total revenue in 2019-20, proportionally far more than other institutions adding his ministry remains focused on ensuring students can continue their studies without interruption.

Romano has appointed a special advisor, Alan Harrison to provide an independent analysis and recommendations on how the government can proceed in supporting the long-term financial sustainability for Laurentian.

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