Drive-by Planet: New PQ government cancels tuition hike: victory for student movement

Bottom: Photo from last Saturday’s march in Montreal  celebrating victory and calling for free tuition. Pauline Marois, the newly elected premier of Quebec, announced that her government has cancelled the proposed hike on student tuition fees. The hike was repealed by the new Parti Québécois government. Yes it can be done even against steep odds. ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: A CLASSE act for Quebec’s next provincial election

Should an election be called, the more militant group of the Quebec student protest movement will mobilze students against ideology and neo-liberal politics. That’s according to CLASSE’s new manifesto, recently launched by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (pictured), the organization’s spokesman. The manifesto focuses on four core themes: democracy, feminism, social justice and ecology. RELATED: Quebec Student Protest Movement ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Quebec Student Protest Movement Begins Tour Of Ontario Universities

While the pots and pans are on a summer hiatus, the ground-breaking Quebec student protest movement is visiting an Ontario university near you. Representatives of CLASSE, Quebec’s largest student federation, and other activists have embarked on a tour of ten Ontario universities. The nine-day Quebec-Ontario Student Solidarity Tour, funded by the Canadian Federation of Students, ...

From Orangutan: Separated at Birth: Michelle Courchesne and Carol Burnett

Here’s some lighthearted fun for the day on which talks resume between the Quebec Minister of Education, Michelle Courchesne, and Quebec student leaders.

From Orangutan: Separated at Birth: Michelle Courchesne and Carol Burnett

Here’s some lighthearted fun for the day on which talks resume between the Quebec Minister of Education, Michelle Courchesne, and Quebec student leaders.

Tattered Sleeve: Paint It, Red

But the sound wasn’t sad!Why, this sound sounded merry!It couldn’t be so!But it WAS merry! VERY! Reports are the casserole protests continued tonight. Thousands marching up St-Laurent Blvd earlier this fine evening. Good for them. “That’s the spirit,” as my eight-year-old son likes to say. You know, for months I was reluctant to get behind ...

Tattered Sleeve: Paint It, Red

But the sound wasn’t sad!Why, this sound sounded merry!It couldn’t be so!But it WAS merry! VERY! Reports are the casserole protests continued tonight. Thousands marching up St-Laurent Blvd earlier this fine evening. Good for them. “That’s the spirit,” as my eight-year-old son likes to say. You know, for months I was reluctant to get behind ...

From Orangutan: Photos of the Peaceful Protest, May 22, 2012, Montreal,

Just a few of my photos of Tuesday’s protest in Montreal, the single biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. Estimates of crowd numbers run from the tens of thousands all the way up to 500,000. The protest marked the 100th day of the Quebec student strike. Jeanne Reynolds and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois ...

From Orangutan: Photos of the Peaceful Protest, May 22, 2012, Montreal,

Just a few of my photos of Tuesday’s protest in Montreal, the single biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. Estimates of crowd numbers run from the tens of thousands all the way up to 500,000. The protest marked the 100th day of the Quebec student strike. Jeanne Reynolds and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois ...

elementalpresent: On Strike from Life as we Know it

The Quebec Government just announced a “special law” intended to bring an end to the 14-week student strike in that province. The law would postpone the rest of this semester and allow current students to finish it in August before starting school again in October. The announcement came on the heels of a particularly contentious ...

From Orangutan: Dear Chilean Students,

Thank you for expressing your support for the college and university students that are currently striking in Quebec. I am happy that you too have criticized the neoliberal policies of the province’s Jean Charest government. I would also like to convey my gratitude, in particular, to Camila Vallejo (pictured), one of the leaders of the ...

From Orangutan: Canada’s Tiananmen Moments,

This is what police in Quebec are doing to striking students. I know that some people won’t like that I called this post “Canada’s Tiananmen Moments,” but by placing Quebec police brutality within a larger and even more disturbing context, I would hope that the violence against Quebec students stops, once and for all.

From Orangutan: Dear Inspiring Students,

As the Quebec student strike continues, it was reassuring for me to learn Tuesday that over 60 per cent of postsecondary students across Canada would join a similar strike in their own province. This news comes from a survey of 2,200 globeandmail.com readers, taken between May 2 and 7, who expressed a similar anxiety over rising ...

From Orangutan: Dear Quebec students,

As Martine Desjardins, president of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ), said after the 22 hour negotiating marathon between Quebec student federations (which at last included La CLASSE) and the government, “This is not the end of the strike. It is the beginning of the end of the conflict.” With details of the Quebec ...

Blunt Objects: I Almost Agreed With Margaret Wente

… then she reverted back to being a bitch, but almost, I almost agreed with her. The article in question is her piece in the Globe about Quebec’s student protests, the militant CLASSE group, and the “future baristas” of the Canadian job market that apparently make up these protests. Wente is right in the sense ...

From Orangutan: To Line Beauchamp,

What if La CLASSE were a Jewish group, or a Hindu group, or a Buddhist group, or a Muslim group, or in other words, a group whose beliefs you don’t follow, but a group that nonetheless plays an important role in Quebec society? Would you still refuse to negotiate? In Quebec, we accept each other’s ...

Tattered Sleeve: Québec Students: You’re Coming Along

After school is over you’re playing in the parkDon’t be out too late, don’t let it get too darkThey tell you not to hang around and learn what life’s aboutAnd grow up just like them, won’t you let it work it out As I type this, thousands of youth are out in the streets of ...

Tattered Sleeve: Québec Students: You’re Coming Along

After school is over you’re playing in the parkDon’t be out too late, don’t let it get too darkThey tell you not to hang around and learn what life’s aboutAnd grow up just like them, won’t you let it work it out As I type this, thousands of youth are out in the streets of ...

From Orangutan: Cher Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois et al.,

Thank you for displaying a rare from of patience and reason in the face of rhetorical manipulations and illogical accusations from lawyer, political scientist, and journalist Christian Dufour during a debate Tuesday on the Denis Lévesque show. Mr. Nadeau-Dubois, one can easily grasp your intelligence and clarity of thought compared to that of your adversary, ...

From Orangutan: Bonjour Jean Charest,

You sure did blow off some smoke and pull out some mirrors Monday when you denounced the Coalition large de l’association pour une solidarite syndicale etudiante (CLASSE) for refusing to condemn the vandalism and social disruptions in Montreal. Last I checked, violence is not part of the CLASSE’s mandate, obviously. In fact, it was on ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Stéphane Gendron In Dutch With CBSC

While trolling the The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council for other reasons I noticed this special announcement: A Note Concerning the March 22, 2012 broadcast of Face à Face The CBSC has received a large number of very similar complaints concerning the March 22, 2012 broadcast at 10 AM of Face à face on V, exceeding the CBSC’s ...