Dawson College is “in a difficult place” after the Quebec government announced last month that it would cancel a long-planned expansion, says a teacher at the largest English-language CEGEP in the province.
“We can’t evolve into the next generation of teaching without the space that we and the students deserve,” said Tim Miller, a physiotherapy teacher at Dawson. “At what point can we give the students what they deserve and what they signed up for…which is to attend a CEGEP in English in Quebec and get equal treatment?”
Miller was one of the speakers at a panel discussion on the implications of the cancellation of the Dawson expansion, hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and held on the evening of Feb. 23.
In 2018, after several years of planning, the previous Liberal government approved the construction of a new health sciences building. The planned building would give much-needed breathing room and access to top-of-the-line technology and shared workspaces to students in programs including physiotherapy, nursing, diagnostic imaging, biomedical laboratory technology and radiation oncology. It was also expected to house a student-run health clinic, where members of the public could get care in both French and English.
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