In the Media

Adam has become a leading voice in student advocacy, conducting interviews on various topics with media across Canada.

“My approach in the media is to communicate factual, realistic views on what matters to students. Whether it’s in print, podcast and radio, or TV, I want to make sure that student issues are in the public sphere so that we can continue to hold our post-secondary institutions and governments accountable.”

- Adam Brown


Ontario’s “Student Choice Initiative” and its impact on students - The Ryan Jespersen Show

Ryan interviews Adam on what changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program mean for students in that province, as well as the dangers of the introduction of government-imposed voluntary student unionism. (Starts at 37:15)


CCSS and CASA demand government pay more attention to student mental-health issues with new campaign - Nexus

“Suicide should never be an option,” says Brown. “It’s really disappointing to see that government doesn’t step up.”

Brown says the financial barriers students face can make the mental-health complications they experience far worse; CASA is aiming to alleviate some of that through similar benefits provided by the government to people with permanent disabilities, says Brown.


Campus Saint-Jean looks for new cafeteria food provider after Aramark’s departure - The Gateway

“I was president of AUFSJ at the time, and I had students, faculty, the dean, all coming to me saying ‘This is not good,’” Brown said.

AUFSJ surveyed students, staff and faculty, asking what kinds of food they wanted in the cafeteria and what they were willing to pay for it. The most common responses included salads, sandwiches and wraps, with an average price point between $5 and $10.


University students in Wolfville, across Canada, campaign for more federal mental health resources - The Advertiser

“We’ve seen some concerning numbers over the last few years,” Brown said. “That is why we are doing this.”

He said nine per cent of post-secondary students were prescribed psychiatric medication in 1994, compared to 25 per cent in 2014.

“We need to make sure the federal government knows that students need adequate funding to support these needs,” Brown said.


Calgary students take part in national campaign on mental health - Calgary Herald

Brown said some of CASA’s specific requests include a call for a review of the definition of what a permanent disability is within the Canada Student Loans Program, so that students with mental-health concerns can access the help they need, and for more federal funding targeted at mental-health initiatives and supports on campuses.

“The federal government provides a number of health transfers to provinces, and a lot of that goes into mental-health services funding and other relevant services, but we’d like to see it become a little bit more targeted as to how that money is spent,” said Brown.


PC government OSAP announcement - The Medium

“It’s more important than ever that students be informed about the services provided by their student associations on campus, and that they stand up for them,” said Adam Brown, CASA Chair and University of Alberta Students’ Union VP External. “This includes non-partisan advocacy work, which is critical for keeping governments and school administrations accountable, and for making sure there are consequences when students’ needs are ignored.”


Discussing mental health issues on Canadian post-secondary campuses - People First Radio

Adam is asked about the growing problem of limited mental health resources at Canadian post-secondaries and what the federal government should be doing to support students.


Canada: remove “barriers” to PSW, says CASA - The PIE News

“In Canada it takes an average of five months to find a job after graduation,” Brown said, arguing for a longer post-graduation window of opportunity.

“Students have just 90 days after graduation to find a job and apply for a permit. This timeframe is not reflective of the current workforce reality or of the fact that many other life challenges occur post-graduation.”

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Presentation to the House of Commons Citizenship and Immigration Committee - Parliament of Canada

Adam was invited, as Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, to speak about the importance of international students in Canada and what the federal government can do to support them. Specifically, the removal of bureaucratic barriers to accessing co-op permits and changing Article 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act so that international students can access immigration information on-campus.


Alberta Party establishes policies for post-secondary education - the Gateway

Students’ Union vice-president (external) Adam Brown said he was pleased overall with the Alberta Party policies and that it was written closely to what the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) has been advocating for.

“It is very good to see that the advocacy that has been put in is really paying off,” he said. “It seems like the Alberta Party is being generally friendly to students.”


New tuition framework passes legislature with cross-partisan support - The Gateway

Students’ Union vice-president (external) Adam Brown said students having more say in MNIFs allows the cost of attending university to be more transparent.

“Students will now have a much greater say,” Brown said. “With those kinds of provisions, [future] governments will have to take our points into consideration.”


Students Take to Parliament Hill to Talk Sexual Violence Prevention - Cision

"Sexual violence is a national issue that has been drastically impacting campus life, and we believe that post-secondary institutions require strong federal leadership to address it," says Adam Brown, CASA's Board Chair. "We also want to make sure that the money government has invested to address sexual violence on campus is used to its utmost potential, so that students are better protected."

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Presentation to the House of Commons Finance Committee - Parliament of Canada

Adam was invited to speak before this committee to discuss the government of Canada’s budget on behalf of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. Specifically, he highlighted the importance of supporting open education resources (OERs) through the Copyright Act. He also discussed why the federal government must consider post-secondary education as a tool for poverty elimination in Canada. (Starts at 8m47s)


New Alberta bill would cap domestic post-secondary tuition fees - The Ryan Jespersen Show

Adam discusses the Alberta government’s Bill 19, which would re-introduce tuition legislation into the Post-Secondary Learning Act (PSLA) and give students a greater voice in the fees imposed on them by universities.


Student advocates launch campaign urging government to release tuition review - the Gateway

‘Adam Brown, the SU vice-president (external) and member of the CAUS board of directors, said the goal of the campaign is to encourage the government to make student tuition more predictable.

“We want to make sure students are aware of what’s going on, and to provide the resource for them to communicate what they want to the provincial government,” Brown said.’


Canadian universities tackle legal cannabis with wildly different policies - MaclEan’s

‘In Calgary, however, where Mayor Naheed Nenshi, a former university professor, expressed concern about the negative impact of weed on young prefrontal cortexes, things are more restrictive. Calgary banned the smoking of marijuana in any Calgary public space. “That,” says Adam Brown, chair of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and a fourth-year commerce student at the University of Alberta, “has really affected how Mount Royal and the University of Calgary, which are members of CASA, are designing their cannabis policies.”’

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Cannabis legalization on campuses in Alberta - Alberta Primetime

(Interview starts around 32-minute mark)


CASA Report Encourages Canadian Government to Offer More Support to International Students - the Runner

‘“What we’re starting to see is that many universities across the country are starting to take in more and more international students,” says Adam Brown, Vice President External of the University of Alberta Students’ Union and the Chair of CASA. “Students [from other countries] are starting to look at Canada more as a viable place to get a quality post-secondary education, but when they get here they can run into a number of barriers such as accessing work permits, student financial aid, or the difficulties in the pathway to citizenship.”’


University of Alberta’s cannabis plan pushes for no growing or smoking in residences - The Star Edmonton

‘Adam Brown, vice-president external for the University of Alberta Students’ Union, says he finds the recommendations “reasonable.”

“I would say we are tentatively supportive of the university’s plan,” he said.

“It does allow the consumption of cannabis on campus, and (it’s) looking like it’s going to be combined with tobacco smoking areas, so we think that’s very reasonable.”’


Provincial university tuition and fee guidelines coming this fall - Edmonton Journal

Brown is crossing his fingers the legislation will include a three-year tuition model to make life more predictable for students.

“That’s a big thing for us, because while a tuition freeze has been great and it has saved students a lot of money, they have also not known what things are going to look like (in the future),” he said.’


Canadian universities ‘flying blind’ into cannabis legalization - The star

‘The union’s vice-president external, Adam Brown, said he hopes to see cannabis permitted on campus.

“I think it’s unrealistic having a city that will be so liberal with this law to have a university that would ban it. It doesn’t make sense, as students will use it no matter what,” Brown said.’


Post-secondary executives among highest paid in Alberta’s public sector as student unions seek predictable tuition - the star edmonton

‘The government has frozen post-secondary tuition since 2015 for local students, but tuition has continued to rise for international students. Brown is pushing for predictable tuition rates for all students moving forward.

“We’re really, really hoping that we will see this review come out in the fall sitting of the legislature. Because right now what students are looking for is a little bit of predictability,” Brown said.’


2017 sunshine list includes salaries of over 1,700 university employees - The gateway

‘Students’ Union vice-president external Adam Brown said while the SU does not have a stance on executive pay, he hopes the money saved from salary cuts will be used to improve student’s experience on campus.

“Will the money that would have been paid to administration be going to students? I certainly hope so,” Brown said. “But regardless of consequences, we want to ensure that student experience at the U of A and the quality of education they receive won’t be diminished in any capacity.”’


Campus Saint-Jean discusses having more autonomy from university - The gateway

“At this point, many people in the francophone community and at Campus Saint-Jean feel like we’re ignored,” he said. “We’re in the riding of the Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt and we feel very ignored by him and the provincial government even though we are in his own riding.” - Adam Brown