Student strike - lockout and repression #8

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Student strike - lockout and repression #8

Waiting for the legislation to be tabled this evening - May 17, 2012.

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Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Charest has a one seat majority. Any chance of someone on the gov't side not showing up to vote?  Or - worse case scenario - will  Marois vote with the gov't?

Unionist

CAQ will vote with the government. Not possible that PQ would.

 

cco

Also, his 63 seats would be a majority of one if the National Assembly were full, but there are three vacancies. The opposition can't muster more than 59.

Bärlüer

I will be at tonight's demo in just a few minutes to un-welcome the lock-out legislation the zombies in the National Assembly will congratulate themselves on passing.

In the meantime, here's a terrific video inspired by the popular demo "slogan" (exclamation?) "Cha-rest... Woo-hoo"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMAm16YkDjQ

Unionist

Bärlüer wrote:

I will be at tonight's demo in just a few minutes to un-welcome the lock-out legislation the zombies in the National Assembly will congratulate themselves on passing.

Wish I could be there - take care and solidarity!

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In the meantime, here's a terrific video inspired by the popular demo "slogan" (exclamation?) "Cha-rest... Woo-hoo"

">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMAm16YkDjQ

Haha, brilliant - "even my mother says that you're exaggerating" - "I want you to be my Papa" - they'll drive him out with ridicule!

 

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Une majorité des Québécois pour le gel ou la baisse

(Québec) Selon un sondage Harris-Decima, une majorité des Québécois serait en faveur du gel ou de la baisse des frais de scolarité. Mais les Québécois seraient tout de même plus favorables à une hausse que les Canadiens des autres provinces, qui paient déjà davantage....

http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/dossiers/conflit-etudiant/201205/17/01...

google translate:

A majority of Quebecers to freeze or lower

(Quebec) According to a Harris-Decima survey, a majority of Quebecers would support the freeze or lower tuition. But Quebecers would still be more favorable to higher than Canadians in other provinces, who are already paying more.

The telephone survey was conducted from May 10 to 14 with 1,014 Canadians. For the whole country, the margin of error is + / - 3.1% 19 times out of 20. The margin of error increases for Quebec. It is + / - 6.2%, due to the small sample of 248 respondents.

The survey was commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Students.

The question asked was: "Do you think it would have tuition fees of colleges and universities in your province be reduced, frozen at current levels or increased?"

In Quebec, 40% of respondents favored an increase. This is the highest proportion in the country. They were also 40% for the gel, and 15% for lower charges.

Across the country, only 16% of respondents wanted an increase in fees. They were 45% for the gel, and 33% for lower charges.

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Manifestation familiale | Contre la hausse des frais de scolarité

https://www.facebook.com/events/233059570140740/

google translate:

Family event | Counter rising tuition

     Sunday, June 3, 2012
     2:00 pm in UTC-04

We invite the entire population of Quebec to take to the streets of Montreal Sunday, June 3 at 14h.

Let us not impress no special laws!

June 3, demonstrating for the right to education!

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Nathan "Si j'étais Jean Charest"

video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W8yN0wCgpbw

google translate:

Nathan, 10 years, offers advice to Jean Charest on the student strike.

Follow us on Facebook (The World According to Nathan) and Twitter (@ nathan depending)!

Thank you to Pierre Foglia, who introduced us to Nathan in his column of April 12, 2012: http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniques/pierre-foglia/201204/11/01-4514... ...

And a big thank you to Nathan and his family.

This video was shot May 12, 2012, in the 13th week of the student strike against rising tuition fees, before the resignation of Beauchamp and the announcement of a special law.

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Ultime appel des carrés rouges, verts et blancs pour reprendre le dialogue

Les représentants étudiants Martine Desjardins et Léo Bureau-Blouin ont lancé un « ultime » appel à la négociation avec le gouvernement, à quelques heures du dépôt du projet de loi spéciale. Ils étaient appuyés dans leur démarche par des élus, ainsi que par des représentants des carrés verts, pour la hausse, et des carrés blancs, qui réclament une trêve....

google translate:

Ultimate appeal red squares, green and white to resume dialogue

Student representatives Martine Desjardins Bureau-Blouin and Leo made ​​a "final" call for negotiations with the government, a few hours of the filing of special legislation. They were supported in their efforts by elected representatives as well as green squares, for hiking, and white squares that are calling a truce.

"We want to directly challenge Mr. Charest and the cabinet, saying that a negotiated solution is still possible," said Leo Bureau-Blouin, president of the Quebec Federation of College Students (FECQ). "Special Act, no special law, this does not preclude having a crisis that is honorable, negotiated a crisis," he added.

The President also called for FECQ ignore the feelings of "revenge" and "aggressiveness" of both sides.

Martine Desjardins, president of the Federation of University Students (FEUQ), asked the Prime Minister - who is also minister responsible for youth - to waive the special law and thereby demonstrate that he was "a head of state and not just the leader of a party. "....

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Jean Charest n'a pas l'intention de rencontrer les leaders étudiants

(Québec) Le premier ministre Jean Charest n'a manifesté aucune intention de rencontrer les leaders étudiants qui se sont déplacés à l'Assemblée nationale, jeudi, alors que la loi spéciale sera déposée sous peu.....

http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/dossiers/conflit-etudiant/201205/17/01...

google translate:

Jean Charest has no plans to meet with student leaders

Quebec) Premier Jean Charest has shown no intention to meet with student leaders who traveled to the National Assembly on Thursday as the special act will be filed shortly.

He spent much of question period to suffer the wrath of the opposition. "What a waste, what a terrible mess!" Thundered the Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois. "We are discussing a special law against our children, against our youth, all because of the stubbornness of the Prime Minister because he must save the face of Prime Minister." She said Mr. Charest was "locked into a logic of siege", showing "contempt" and "is dead set against the young."....

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..here's another take on the above poll.
Un nouveau sondage indique que la majorité des Canadiennes et Canadiens croient que les frais de scolarité devraient être réduits ou gelés

http://www.newswire.ca/fr/story/976833/un-nouveau-sondage-indique-que-la...

google translate:

A new poll indicates that most Canadians believe that tuition fees should be reduced or frozen

OTTAWA, May 17, 2012 / PRNewswire / - Nearly 80% of Canadians believe that tuition fees should be reduced or frozen, according to a new poll by Harris-Decima for the Canadian Federation of Students.

"The cost of a postsecondary education is out of control," says Roxanne Dubois, National President of the Canadian Federation of Students. "This poll indicates that Canadians believe in a system of education affordable and accessible to all. "

The survey revealed that, even in Quebec, where government attempts to increase tuition by 75% in five and led a student strike fierce, almost 60% of respondents believe they should not increase tuition.

"The Quebec government should recognize the negative consequences that would have increased fees for accessible education system that has been built in recent decades in this province," says Roxanne Dubois. "The government should cancel the increase in tuition and abandon his plan to impose a" special law "that would undermine democracy on campus. "

The survey was conducted from May 10 to 14, 2012 by teleVox, Harris-Decima. National survey results are considered accurate to within 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

The Canadian Federation of Students is the largest student organization in Canada, bringing together over half a million members in all ten provinces. The Federation and its predecessors represent the student population in Canada since 1927.

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Students smooch during the student protest in Montreal, Thursday, May 17, 2012.

Students smooch during the student protest in Montreal, Thursday, May 17, 2012.

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Anna Kruzynski Concordia Prof Arrested: L’État est violent, pas nous!

http://www.lapointelibertaire.org/node/1924

google translate:

The state is violent, not us!

I'm against tuition fee increases.
I am for protecting the common good.
I am against all operating systems.
I'm all for direct democracy.

I was among the thousands who attended the demonstration against the law this special night.
After some time, the event is declared illegal. Lines of riot on foot and by bicycle charged the crowd on all sides, on all sides. "It moves! It moves! ". The crowd can not be dispersed. Tensions arise. The fear also. This is the dispersion.

I was preparing to go home, I débarrais my bike when I was surrounded by twenty officers riot with my spouse and five others who were unknown to me.
Suddenly the McGill College was invaded by 20 police cars, a bus full of riot helmets and more officers on foot, staff in hand.
My heart is pounding. I feel faint. My mouth is dry. My throat tightened. I'm afraid.
An hour later I put under arrest for unlawful assembly. I searched members apart, like a movie.
I'm crammed into a cage of a van without air steel with another woman, also arrested. I start to sweat. I feel dizzy. I feel claustrophobic. I ask that we open the door for air. I do not know.

I feel the fear rise when I see the van that takes the highway to the east. I understand that brings us to the neighborhood police station on 48 Langelier.
A person at a time is escorted by one of two buses packed. My girlfriend gets mad cage. The handcuffs are too tight. She can not feel his hands. We ask for help. We are told to keep quiet.

The panic rises. Why are we locked up like animals?

All those arrested are identified and released. I can not stand. The police take a break. They eat. They smoke.
I have more air. I want. I cry. We cry together. We are told to stop us excited.

After 2 hours of waiting it's my turn. I was photographed. I get a ticket under the law whose description is: "participating or being present at a meeting, procession or gathering endangering peace, security or order on public ".

I arrive home at 5:30. I'm exhausted. I am outraged.

Apparently, in the Democratic Quebec Jean Charest, my ideas and justify acts of intimidation and violence.

I can not be complicit in a state that represses my dissent. That thousands of students and students on strike. That of workers.
I'm afraid. But the cause is just. I am not to be intimidated by their violence. The fight continues.

Anna Kruzynski
On May 17, 2012

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Unionist

You can find the text of the law [url=http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2012/05/17/003-conflit-et....

I seriously doubt that there has been any legislation which approaches the fascistic nature of this bill in recent history. Its aim is not just to crush the strike - it is to crush the student associations. It targets not just the freedom of peaceful assembly - it actually attacks freedom of association. It's far worse than any predictions I personally had seen in the media.

And the repression of demonstrations, unless I'm reading it wrong, isn't restricted to students. For example, under section 16, anyone who organizes a demonstration of 10 or more people in a place "accessible to the public" must notify the police 8 hours in advance of the time, place, duration, itinerary, and means of transport. The police can then require a change of place or itinerary. Violations of any part of this by an individual (whether through action or omission) attracts a fine of $1000 to $5000 for a day or part of a day that the violation takes place. If it's a leader of a student union, or the organizations itself, the fines can go much higher - up to $125,000, and that's double for recidivism.

There are also clauses allowing the educational institution, if it thinks a student association has violated something or other, to deprive it of all usual privileges (collection of dues, offices, etc.). The length of time is one semester for every day of violation. There's a reverse onus in several of these clauses.

I really can't continue. This is the face of fascism.

 

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Une loi spéciale dérogatoire à l’esprit de la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne ?


40. Toute personne a droit, dans la mesure et suivant les normes prévues par la loi, à l’instruction publique gratuite.

http://www.vigile.net/Une-loi-speciale-derogatoire-a-l

google translate:

A special act derogatory to the spirit of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Like many Quebecers, I listened to the speech of our Prime Minister on the conflict with the students. There is unfortunately nothing new in the special bill proposed by the government.

Jean Charest did not intend to move or on tuition or on university management. Instead he decreed a break by suspending classes until August, thereby pulling the rug out from under students.

In fact, the bill will end the effects of the student strike. All who will go to their classes in schools that have agreed with their students to a resumption of classes before August can not be prevented from doing so by striking students.

According to Jean Charest, the right to education is a fundamental right that allows all students to access their classrooms but could not be prevented from doing so, while, in fact, the Charter of Rights and freedoms rather recognizes the right to free public education.

     40. Everyone has the right, to the extent and the standards provided by law, to free public education.....

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..they have made social peace imposible

 

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Unionist wrote:

You can find the text of the law [url=http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2012/05/17/003-conflit-et....

I seriously doubt that there has been any legislation which approaches the fascistic nature of this bill in recent history. Its aim is not just to crush the strike - it is to crush the student associations. It targets not just the freedom of peaceful assembly - it actually attacks freedom of association. It's far worse than any predictions I personally had seen in the media.

And the repression of demonstrations, unless I'm reading it wrong, isn't restricted to students. For example, under section 16, anyone who organizes a demonstration of 10 or more people in a place "accessible to the public" must notify the police 8 hours in advance of the time, place, duration, itinerary, and means of transport. The police can then require a change of place or itinerary. Violations of any part of this by an individual (whether through action or omission) attracts a fine of $1000 to $5000 for a day or part of a day that the violation takes place. If it's a leader of a student union, or the organizations itself, the fines can go much higher - up to $125,000, and that's double for recidivism.

There are also clauses allowing the educational institution, if it thinks a student association has violated something or other, to deprive it of all usual privileges (collection of dues, offices, etc.). The length of time is one semester for every day of violation. There's a reverse onus in several of these clauses.

I really can't continue. This is the face of fascism.

 

That really is a stunning piece of legislation. Wow. 

NDPP

yes it has all turned out rather badly it would appear. Here's the English CBC on it with lots of awful comments as well...

 

Quebec Education Law to Impose Fines in Tuition Crisis (and vid)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/05/17/quebec-student-p...

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..here is the headline from the wall street journal. to read any more of the article you need to subscribe.
Class Warfare Is Weighing on Quebec

MONTREAL—Quebec's government is trying to restore calm as sometimes-violent student demonstrations stretch into their fourth month—disrupting daily commutes and drawing a rare travel advisory from the U.S. consulate.

Students, protesting planned tuition increases by the government of the French-speaking Canadian province, have been staging night marches and boisterous demonstrations since February, but protests have turned more violent. Dozens of students and police have been injured in near-daily melees in and around Montreal, in several cases as striking students try to bar students who want to finish their studies from classrooms.

Late Wednesday, police arrested 122 after students rampaged through downtown ...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230344840457741001257666938...

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Stunning. Up to a $250 000 fine for a student association launching an impromptu demonstration. What arrogance by Charest.

Can those in Quebec gauge whether this obscene bill will have traction with the public? Some reports I've read seem (rightly) aghast at it, and speculate that it will backfire.

Where is Canada's party of the left?

6079_Smith_W

Catchfire wrote:

Where is Canada's party of the left?

Good question. It will be interesting to see if "the French Defamer" believes in equal opportunity when it comes to wading into provincial affairs, and passing judgment on premiers.

 

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

But I loved it when he called Brad Wall "Harper's Messenger". That was priceless!!! The ultimate putdown. I think Mulcair has some Pierre Trudeau in him. Laughing

6079_Smith_W

*smirk*

Better go back to the other thread, Boom Boom.

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Mulcair livens up QP in a way we haven't seen since PET - that can't be denied. Smile

 

ETA: Like everyone else, I'm waiting to hear what Mulcair has to say about this draconian legislation that tramples on rights.

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epaulo13 wrote:

Late Wednesday, police arrested 122 after students rampaged through downtown ...

WSJ wrote:

Late Wednesday, police arrested 122 after students rampaged through downtown streets, smashing bank windows, police said. The rioting followed an all-day emergency cabinet meeting of the Quebec government.

After the meeting, officials proposed legislation that would suspend classes until August to allow for a cooling-off period. The provincial parliament was slated to meet Thursday evening to debate other measures to better protect students who wanted to continue their studies.

Meanwhile, four protesters have been charged with "inciting fear of terrorism" after allegedly detonating smoke bombs this month inside Montreal's subway system. After a last-ditch effort at negotiations this week, the province's education minister, who also served as deputy premier, stepped down.

Increasingly, some protesters have described their fight as not just over tuition increases, but also against what they say is a corrupt capitalist system—a shift that has frustrated the government as it tries to negotiate the tuition-fees dispute.

At a protest march on Tuesday, Matthieu Deutté used a loudspeaker to address a group of around 200 students.

"What began here three months ago as a student strike has gone on to be a protest against a whole system," said Mr. Deutté, a 25-year-old student of administration.

That has officials and businesses here worried that the violence could drag on, deterring visitors at the start of Montreal's summer tourism season. Last month, the U.S. consulate in Montreal issued a travel advisory for Americans in Canada—rare for Canadian cities—warning them to stay away from protests.

At Boutique Legends, a souvenir shop in historic Old Town, manager Amita Verma said protests have at times left the area "dead," adding, "That's worrisome."

Sympathy among other Montreal residents for the students has waned as the protests have dragged on.

Marie-Josée Le Blanc supported the protesters early on. But on April 20, hundreds of them poured into the mall where she works, smashing windows. For days, security guards restricted access to the mall, forcing clients of her optician shop to cancel appointments. Ms. Le Blanc said her student daughter also now wants to get back to classes.

"It's gone on too long," Ms. Le Blanc said.

The provincial government, and many Quebecers and Canadians outside the province, point out that even with the planned tuition increases, students there pay far lower fees than almost anywhere else in North America.

Over the next seven years, the Liberal government has proposed raising fees by 75%, to around 3,800 Canadian dollars (US$3,765) in a bid to trim a C$3.3 billion deficit. The average student in Canada pays C$5,366. Last year, U.S. students paid average tuition of $8,244 at a state public college, according to the College Board, a not-for-profit organization.

Still, student leaders say the increases are an affront to Quebec's long-enshrined efforts to make higher education accessible to all. In the 1960s, the so-called Quiet Revolution brought sweeping change to the previously conservative Catholic society and created a system aimed at boosting access to higher education.

"Schools should be free," said mechanical-engineering student Julien Lavigne. But some critics say the protest chants are more the cry of the privileged than the oppressed. Mr. Lavigne, who recently returned from teaching snowboarding in Japan, still attends a part-time mechanical-engineering course that remains unaffected by the strikes.

"I am not doing this fight for myself," but for others who can't afford education, he said.

The protests have split students into three groups. Those wearing red squares of cloth—denoting support for the strike—have mostly stayed away from classes and participated in the rallies. Those sporting green squares want to get back to school. More-neutral students wear white.

Many "greens" have gone to court to win injunctions, forcing classes to reopen. But in recent skirmishes at several campuses, hordes of students wearing red squares have organized to block access to building entrances, or disrupt classes.

Sporting a green patch early Tuesday morning, Genevieve Maheu arrived at College de Rosemont in the hope of entering an institution whose doors had been forced open by an injunction. Blocking her and several other greens were around 70 red-square-wearing students.

After police cleared away protesters with batons and pepper spray, the college called off classes, citing safety concerns.

"All I want to do is get into my class and finish the course I paid for," said Ms. Maheu, a 25-year-old medical student.

cco

Amir Khadir is tearing into the Liberals on the mafia issue, despite the Speaker slapping him down for it. I'm prouder than ever to be with QS.

Unionist

People are saying that the next time a minister has a fundraising breakfast with crime bosses, she'll have to keep it to fewer than ten , if she doesn't want to notify the police.

Yeah, Khadir is good. But there are very few staunch defenders of just plain democracy around today. 

 

Bärlüer

Catchfire wrote:

Stunning. Up to a $250 000 fine for a student association launching an impromptu demonstration. What arrogance by Charest.

Can those in Quebec gauge whether this obscene bill will have traction with the public? Some reports I've read seem (rightly) aghast at it, and speculate that it will backfire.

I think the government has overplayed its hand. Even some "carrés verts" people in my Facebook feed (ugh) have expressed their profound discomfort with the legislation.

The resistance has already begun.

The Quebec bar has put out a press release criticizing the bill.

Charest: Décrisse! Scramme!

NDPP

I don't see how the bill can stand. It so clearly attacks Charter rights to assembly, association, freedom of speech -  some unions or lawyers need to go to court and take it down asap.

bouchecl

NDPP wrote:

I don't see how the bill can stand. It so clearly attacks Charter rights to assembly, association, freedom of speech -  some unions or lawyers need to go to court and take it down asap.

FECQ is preparing a court challenge but the government doesn't care since it will take years for the case to get through the courts.

6079_Smith_W

It might take some time to resolve it, but they could possibly get an injunction quicker than that, no? That proposed law in incredibly invasive.

 

bouchecl

Priceless. The Gatineau Chamber of Commerce sent a snarky letter to Gatineau police about a demonstration by 10 or more persons on May 29. The president, Antoine Normand, describes the event (they're giving a prize to a local outfit) and asks for the number of infiltration agents in order to plan for enough hors-d'oeuvres. Sealed. Even though the limit has been raised to 25 demonstrators, this shows the kind of atmosphere in Quebec this morning.

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NDPP wrote:

I don't see how the bill can stand. It so clearly attacks Charter rights to assembly, association, freedom of speech -  some unions or lawyers need to go to court and take it down asap.

Sorry NDPP that is just naive.  The HEU and the Teachers in BC had their Charter rights destroyed by the BC Liberals.  It took 6 years to get to the Supreme Court where they "won." The Judges told the government it had overstepped its boundaries and breached the Charter and it had to sit down and negotiate the items that had been illegally stripped out in breach of the Charter.  As in FN's land claims the SCC has only ever ordered a government to consult and negotiate when it has breached the Charter rights of unions.

It would be nice if a Judge would rule that the law cannot take effect until the Charter arguments are heard but I am not going to hold my breath waiting. However in my experience it is a lot easier to convince a Judge to grant an injunction against protestors than it is to get one against a corporation or government.

6079_Smith_W

Hard to say.... it happened with Insite. It happened with the Wheat Board. It happened with registry records. 

And considering how far this law goes it may happen again.

 

NDPP

Yes, all true, one tries to be hopeful in such matters..

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Not being able to protest does not meet any of the tests of harm to the parties seeking the injunctive relief. Closing Insite had the potential to cause death. How does being told not to demonstrate compare to that?

The Charter challenges will come when the law is enforced and then a Judge might strike it down like they did with medical marijuana.

Bärlüer

6079_Smith_W wrote:

Hard to say.... it happened with Insite. It happened with the Wheat Board. It happened with registry records. 

And considering how far this law goes it may happen again.

I don't believe there was an injunction in the Insite case. They started the action as the expiry of the required extensions loomed.

In the Wheat Board case, it didn't happen—the judge rejected the attempt to suspend the law ending the Wheat Board's monopoly.

It did happen in the case of the registry records.

All that to say that it is very hard to get the court to suspend the execution of a validly enacted law. In Harper v. Canada (in which Harper challenged third-party spending limits), the Supreme Court writes: 

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Another principle set out in the cases is that in considering the grant of an interlocutory injunction suspending the operation of a validly enacted but challenged law, it is wrong to insist on proof that the law will produce a public good.  Rather, at this stage of the proceeding, this is presumed.

[...]

The assumption of the public interest in enforcing the law  weighs heavily in the balance.  Courts will not lightly order that laws that Parliament or a legislature has duly enacted for the public good are inoperable in advance of complete constitutional review, which is always a complex and difficult matter. It follows that only in clear cases will interlocutory injunctions against the enforcement of a law on grounds of alleged unconstitutionality succeed. 

This is hard to overcome.

6079_Smith_W

@ kropotkin 

True. I guess my real point is that I don't think every judge will be swayed by the fact this involves reining in the government.

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and @ Baerlueer

I guess Insite wasn't an injunction, but it was a court decision to extend Insite's exemption from the law which, as became clear as soon it was announced, the feds would most certainly removed when the deadline passed. It amounts to a pre-emptive version of  the same thing - government being stopped by the courts.

And you're right about the wheat board. My mistake.

And I agree it may be hard to overcome. But harsh restrictions on freedom of assembly might just do it.

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Thx Barluer.

Unionist

Joint press release of the three major union federations (CSN, FTQ, CSQ):

[url=http://www.csn.qc.ca/web/csn/communique/-/ap/Comm18-05-12?path=&p_p_stat... law which attacks civil liberties and threatens our democracy[/url]

 

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The bylaw banning masks at protests has just passed in Montreal.

 

Unionist

Boom Boom wrote:

The bylaw banning masks at protests has just passed in Montreal.

 

It's important to note that this is not just about masks. The first part of the bylaw bans any assemblly, march, or gathering where the exact place and route has not been previously communicated to the police. In that sense, it's almost identical to provincial Bill 78, which is now being rammed through the National Assembly, except that it doesn't even provide the minimum of 10 (or 25, if and when 78 is amended) participants. Nor does it say who has to notify the police. The fines are less - that's all.

[url=http://www.barreau.qc.ca/export/sites/newsite/pdf/medias/positions/2012/... is the letter which the Québec bar association sent the city to warn it of the aspects of the bylaw that are contrary to civil liberties and open to challenge.

The police have been complaining for years about demos where they're not informed of the route in advance. That has been the feature of almost all the daily student marches. Now they've been declared illegal, in advance, without even bothering to wait for the fascist provincial law to be "adopted".

Too much is happening. People aren't paying attention. It's not easy when you're under attack from every single quarter.

 

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Cry

Unionist

Breaking news:

Amir Khadir will address the media in 15 minutes on the issue of "obedience to the Special Act".

And Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, of CLASSE, had also mentioned that they were considering hte question of civil disobedience, and he would be commenting on it this afternoon.

What's up!!??

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The children cannot be abandoned in their courageous fight against our descent into tyranny,

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1) THE IAIOFLAUTAS STRIKE AGAIN…#enelinteriordeinterior (inside the Home Office)

The elder activists group iaiaoflautas has  been back in action this week: on April 26th they occupied the entrance  hall to the Home Office Department’s for the autonomous government of  Catalonia. The iaioflautas were  condemning the increasing repression in Catalonia, and they asked to  talk to the local Home Office minister, Felip Puig. Finally they were  able to talk to the Home Office’s Secretary General.

In the manifesto that the “iaios” (familiar word for grandparents) read out they condemn:

  • The  Home Office’s penal code reform plan in order to extend the  anti-terrorism law, limitating the right to meetings, preventive  detentions, encouragement to inform on others, and a general hardening  of the penal code.
  • The police repression against the 29M strikers, where several  people were arrested. Especially the Mossos d’Esquadra’s (Catalan  auotnomical police) behaviour, arresting people arbitrarily, identifying  en masse during pacific concentrations, arresting and emprisioning   sindicalists on remand and promoting citizen denunciation through a  specific website and by asking the universities’ vice-chancellors for  lists of students who participate in university assemblies. 
  • The unfair and incredible imprisonment without trial of Isma,  Dani and Javi for participating in a student picket on the 29M, and more  recently of the sindacalist Laura

The  only explanation that they found to this is that the power is scared  and trying to frighten people from protesting for their rights. The iaioflautas would like  to say that they are not scared and they will keep fighting for the  rights that they fought for and gained when young, as now they can’t  bare to see those rights trampled upon.

http://www.peoplesassemblies.org/tag/iaioflautas/

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Quebec students say Charest's authoritarian 'special law' will fail

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The 24,000-member Bar Association of Quebec has spoken against Bill 78. Among its concerns is the provision that the education minister may rule by decree on education matters, bypassing the National Assembly, including ordering education institutions to withhold the transfer of membership dues to student organizations.

Leaders of the unions of university and CEGEP (junior college) professors (the FQPPU and FNEEQ, respectively) as well as the large, trade union centrals have also condemned the measure.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois of the CLASSE student federation called the law, "repressive and authoritarian. It restricts students' right to strike, which has been recognized for years by educational institutions."

His colleague, Jeanne Reynolds, says the law is a "losing proposition" coming from a "haughty and arrogant" Premier Jean Charest. Both leaders reaffirmed the mass protest for May 22, saying, "No law will stop us from demonstrating."

A mass, student protest in Montreal on May 22 that is already planned by the three largest students associations on strike will assuredly be even larger than the tens of thousands of participants already anticipated.

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Petition: www.loi78.com

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