A new student coalition promises to block Transcanada’s Energy East and Enbridge’s line 9B tar sands pipeline projects “at Quebec border.”
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We ought to be outraged. Just about every day our media provides a new account of the decline of our democracy: the inadequacies of our electoral system and allegations of electoral fraud; the high-handed treatment of our Parliament through inappropriate prorogations and overuse of omnibus legislation; a government ever more authoritarian and opaque, resistant to . . . → Read More: Alex’s Blog: Bargain Basement Citizenship and the Decline of Democracy
A Montreal punk rock band recently released “>Carré rouge, a fast-paced music video inspired by classic punk sounds, and carried by collective chants from the massive street demonstrations sparked by the historic Quebec student strike.
“Loi spéciale, refusé! À qui la rue? À nous la rue! Carré rouge! Carré rouge! Carré rouge!” . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Punk rock video conveys the energy of Quebec’s Carré rouge
Despite the remarkably poor media coverage of the early days of the protests (especially in English Canada), it seems that the Quebec student protestors have finally succeeded in sparking a broader public discussion about civil liberties and the right to protest (even in the Globe here, here and in the Celebrity Photo captions).
Yet, media . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Seven reasons why you should support the Quebec students’ call for low tuition fees
I have an opinion piece out on the City of Ottawa’s universal, student transit pass–also known as “the U-Pass.” Points raised in the op-ed include the following:
-U-Pass programs exist for roughly 30 universities and colleges across Canada.
-For a U-Pass program to be introduced, students typically must vote in favour of the program in . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The Universal Student Transit Pass
I have an opinion piece out on Access Copyright, English Canada’s longtime copyright middleman. I argue that Access Copyright is a bit like the Blockbuster Video of Canadian university libraries—once indispensable, and now almost obsolete (largely due the Internet). Within a year from now, it’s possible that no Canadian university will still have day-to-day dealings with […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Access Copyright
In August, I blogged about controversy surrounding Concordia University’s Board of Governors. A report co-authored by Bernard J. Shapiro (Canada’s first Ethics Commissioner) had concluded that an unofficial, inner circle of Board members had been micromanaging some of the university’s day-to-day operations, and undermining the President. This had apparently prompted the resignation of the last two Presidents before the midway points […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Concordia Decides That Less Is More
Newly-released data indicate that student debt is rising amongst new physicians in Canada. In 2010, 23 percent of medical residents surveyed estimated having more than $120,000 in education-related debt upon completion of their residency traning (as compared with just 17 percent in 2007). (Note: across Canada, average tuition fees for medical students amount to just over $10,000 a year.) This appears […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Student Debt Rising Amongst New Physicians