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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...