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Student Strike - a turning point? #12

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Legal challenge to Bill 78 delayed to Friday

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The case was scheduled to proceed today but a spokeswoman for one of the student federations contesting the law says logistical reasons forced the delay.

Lawyers representing the student federations and other groups will be in Quebec Superior Court seeking to have certain parts of Bill 78 suspended.

It's one of two legal motions filed last week against the emergency law adopted earlier this month to crack down on recent student protests.

The first motion seeks to suspend sections of the law that involve public protest.

The second motion is to have Bill 78 declared invalid altogether and it will be heard at a later date.

 


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Reading Lolita in Montreal: Canada Doesn’t Want More Journalists

By Bhaskar Sunkara

There weren’t any bright lights or stress positions, but it was definitely an interrogation. Crossing over to Canada yesterday, I had the unusual experience of being detained for a few hours.

It started off innocently enough. I filed off a Montreal-bound Greyhound bus at the border with a few dozen others to go through customs. As usual, I was paid extra addition. Security officials may notice me, because I look suspiciously Muslim, but it’s a small price to pay for having enough melanin to pull-off a salmon-colored blazer.

Reasonably, a border official asked me why I was visiting Canada. Mostly sightseeing, I said. Did I know anyone in the city? Sure, I had a few friends who went to McGill. That struck the agent as bizarre. How could someone from New York know people in Quebec? Did I use the internet? Umm, what? Was I carrying more than $10,000 in cash? I wish. Does that mean I should search your things for that money? Next time, I’ll save my charm for a more receptive audience.....

https://inthesetimes.com/uprising/entry/13269/reading_lolita_in_montreal...


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i've thought about the post yesterday with reports from an Edmonton paper and Sun;

If people are at demos or events and violence occurs, perpetrated by police, provocateurs, or others, perpetrators ought to be reported and arrested, and peaceful interventions used for calm.  Occupy in Toronto practiced a good system when difficult situations arose.  Unionists and young people in Montebello helped talk to some disturbers, who turned out to be police. Indiscriminate kettling is illegal.

If people are at demos or events and some praise Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Western governments complicit with mass murderers, or current politicians or wealthy creditors responsible for abuses of people or planet, hopefully others present will speak to offer alternate perspectives.[edited to add]: It is not necessary and illegal, though, to prevent people from peacefully participating in events.

Reporting ought to represent a balance; if 99% of participants are peaceful, with particular goals, reports ought to reflect, rather than ignore, the peaceful behaviour and hopes of most, without ignoring behaviour of the 1%.

[edited to add];

All people have a moral and ethical duty to act when a law, or portions of a law, are introduced which contravenes our right to peaceful assembly, as well as our right to freedom of speech.  Police too have a moral and ethical duty to oppose a law which contravenes our rights.  'Logistical' reasons may postpone hearing of full arguments by lawyers; Does that annul our moral and ethical behaviour in the interim?

 

 


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Tonight's 'casseroles' march takes place in 35+ cities so it's possible there will be infiltration from those who do not support the movement, and will try any manner of disruption.


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Student leaders denounce arrests in Québec City (La Presse)

The student leaders unanimously denounce the massive arrests made Monday by the Québec police opposite the very building where negotiations are taking place.

“These arrests are arbitrary, almost random,” objected Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois of CLASSE. “The Québec police are starting to develop the very bad habit of carrying out mass arrests during peaceful protests.”

The president of FEUQ, Martine Desjardins, who wondered Monday on her twitter feed whether it was a question of “political arrests”, finds it strange that they took place so close to the building where talks are taking place.

“You have to wonder why they waited here when the protest had been declared illegal since the beginning,” remarked Mme Desjardin, “Was it planned? Was it a gesture to put pressure on negotiations? It’s appalling.”....


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Heh. I suspect they had the negotiations there in order to lure folks nearby to get arrested. It's all a plot.


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http://www.straight.com/article-696946/vancouver/david-suzuki-montreal-p...

david suzuki:

The protesters are forcing us to confront a crucial question: What is government for? Governing is about priorities. Students can’t help but notice they aren’t high on the list.


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thanks for the background and updates.


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Pots are being banged all over - Hamilton, Winnipeg, Ottawa - and others will join I'm sure! Let it ring out!

Meanwhile, a cop was all smiles at 8:42 at Parc Émilie-Gamelin, because he had received notice of itinerary for the first time in 37 consecutive demonstrations...

But, moments later, the demonstrators took a different route!

Wipe that smile off your face, officer, sir, please!!

Continuous coverage.

And live coverage:

http://cutvmontreal.ca/live

Meanwhile, I fear that negotiations may not be going well. The government yesterday offered to reduce the seven annual increases of $254 to $219 - and then to make up for the "lost revenue" by decreasing the tuition fee tax credit. What is it that they don't understand? Is it still divide and rule, hoping that one or another leader will cave? They're forgetting the "followers", who call all the shots.

Headed for impasse. Hope I'm wrong.

 


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OH, SORRY, I forgot Toronto. Thanks for the photo, Jimbo!!


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Brilliant! Thanks, CF. Does this mean we like the Globbin' Male now??

 


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Our own Krystalline Kraus reports that over 1,500 are marching in Toronto! How come they didn't provide us with their itinerary in advance?

https://p.twimg.com/AuLvubyCQAALiTp.jpg:large

 


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There were several in Toronto.  The one at Dufferin Grove Park was in the west end, and radiorahim and I went to one in Leslieville in the east end, at Queen and Jones.  We had a great time, and not a cop anywhere to be seen - we figured they were probably all at Dufferin Grove!

Oh, and another fun thing - while we were on the sidewalk and the park banging our pots and pans, we saw a woman in a window in the building across the street banging on a pot in her kitchen window for a good half hour with us.  Her kids were looking out the next window at the show. :)


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Michelle wrote:

There were several in Toronto.  The one at Dufferin Grove Park was in the west end, and radiorahim and I went to one in Leslieville in the east end, at Queen and Jones.  We had a great time, and not a cop anywhere to be seen - we figured they were probably all at Dufferin Grove!

Oh, and another fun thing - while we were on the sidewalk and the park banging our pots and pans, we saw a woman in a window in the building across the street banging on a pot in her kitchen window for a good half hour with us.  Her kids were looking out the next window at the show. :)

NDPP

I tried walloping a pot and ladle on my balcony in TO and brought my neighbour and his wife immediately onto theirs to ask me 'What's wrong!?'. I explained but they still had that  'crazy neighbour nextdoor' look. Next time I'll probably try a gathering..


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Haha!  I was thinking of doing the same thing - going out on my front porch at 8 p.m. and banging a pot at home.  But I figured that would happen too - our neighbours would either think we've lost it, or call the cops on us for disturbing the peace!


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Yay, Vancouver!

As I said in this thread, I just got back from the Vancouver march. I'm bad with numbers, but I reckon 500 pot-bangers in the pouring rain. Super!


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On my facebook home page folks have posted links to les casseroles right across the country. Smile

 

ps: nothing here, though. I've got tendonitis in my left shoulder and just had a cortisone shot, and I'm numb.Frown 


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Anonymous Quebec (and vid)

http://youtu.be/vk7WKCD1dFY

"Expect Us"


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It's good to hear support, however though an article by Jacobins was put up, no one yet has critiqued use of a guillotine...what's the problem here?  You can't rely on me or any one person.

Of course praising names of groups who had bad behaviour needs critique while its no reason to limit their rights to assemble..

and love may be free however time is money.

which reminds me;

Harper's and McGuinty's cuts to public services and jobs leave burdens on mostly women to pick up the slack in childcare, healthcare, eldercare, clean up, cooking with pots and pans, etc.

Harper's cuts to the long-form census removed the questions which women had worked very hard to include-  questions recognizing the time put into unpaid domestic work, following Marilyn Waring's book ("If Women Counted") and others. A female social work prof at Ryerson and other groups are still working to have women's unpaid work appreciated.  If there is qualitative inclusion and assessment then laws and practices can support women rather than make burdens heavier.

we did a bit of music here last night with pots, pans, and other kitchen tools.  it was good.

and we talked about unnecessary austerity, cuts to environmental laws (summed tidily by K. nerenberg at rabble yesterday).

Money can be created by the federal government without inflation for lower tier governments, public services, and job guarantees. (www.neweconomicperspectives.org, also see NFU 2011 resolution to advocate the federal gov't 'create this country's entire money supply debt- and interest-free').  fiscal and monetary tools can be used together.

some useful ideas e.g. to help prevent climate change and inflation are at http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/christophermajka/2012/05/dutch-disease-d... , and adding federal money creation and multi-level laws to support green public energy would also help. 'Dutch disease' seems like an unhelpful way to characterize tarsands when many people don't know what it means, though it initiates talk about economy/ecology and alternates.

 


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maybe i'll morph into a women's strike here  against the failure of babblers to do necessary critique/clean up, and federal/provincial cuts to public services and jobs

 


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CSU Donates Surplus Money To Go To Juripop, CUTV

In a special council meeting held on May 30 the Concordia Student Union voted unanimously to donate a total of $16,000 of their projected surplus from this year’s executive to legal clinic Juripop and campus media outlet Concordia University Television.

http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/3007


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NDPP wrote:

Michelle wrote:

There were several in Toronto.  The one at Dufferin Grove Park was in the west end, and radiorahim and I went to one in Leslieville in the east end, at Queen and Jones.  We had a great time, and not a cop anywhere to be seen - we figured they were probably all at Dufferin Grove!

Oh, and another fun thing - while we were on the sidewalk and the park banging our pots and pans, we saw a woman in a window in the building across the street banging on a pot in her kitchen window for a good half hour with us.  Her kids were looking out the next window at the show. :)

NDPP

I tried walloping a pot and ladle on my balcony in TO and brought my neighbour and his wife immediately onto theirs to ask me 'What's wrong!?'. I explained but they still had that  'crazy neighbour nextdoor' look. Next time I'll probably try a gathering..

LMFAO.

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Med school maxes tuition hike

An 8% increase in first-year tuition at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine isn't expected to deter people from applying, says the school's founding dean.

The board of directors of Canada's newest medical school voted this month to raise tuition for first-year students to $19,275. Tuition for the second, third and fourth years at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine will increase 4%, to $18,516, Roger Strasser said.

That still makes a medical education in Northern Ontario a relative bargain. Ontario's other five medical schools haven't all set their tuition increases yet, said Strasser, but he expects the school's to come in at the middle of the pack or lower.

Last year, first-year medical school tuition at the University of Toronto cost almost $19,000.

http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3573917


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The violence of the casseroles (La Presse)

When you throw stones, it reassures them, they say, look, we have to pass special laws.

But when you play the pots and pans, they are afraid.

There’s this friend and colleague from Rosemont, not particularly against the tuition increase, who went out and joined 2000 people on the corner of his street with his 4 year-old little girl and his two-and-a-half year-old son, bang, bang the casserole (saucepan). There’s this girl on the front page of Le Devoir Friday morning, the one with the frying pan in her hand, wait, but I know her! Hi Christine! Me who knows no one, if I start to recognize people on the front page of Devoir, it’s because everyone is in the street or will be there soon.

I called one of my two granddaughters, grand-papa, I don’t have time to talk, we’re going out to play our casseroles on the corner of the street.

Wait for me, I’m coming.

Maisonneuve, brave Mr. Maisonneuve, was worried midday Friday: yes, but if all these protests are going to disturb the festivals, our dear festivals?....


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from the most recent harper's magazine.  not specifically on the quebec actions, but written with them very much in mind:

Massive indebtedness changes a person, maybe even more than a college education does, and it’s reasonable to suspect that the politicos, who have allowed the tuition disaster to take its course, know this. To saddle young people with enormous, inescapable debt— total student debt is now more than one trillion dollars—is ultimately to transform them into profit-maximizing machines. I mean, working as a schoolteacher or an editorial assistant at a publishing house isn’t going to help you chip away at that forty grand you owe. You can’t get out of it by bankruptcy, either. And our political leaders, lost in a fantasy of punitive individualism, certainly won’t propose the bailout measures they could take to rescue the young from the crushing burden. What will happen to the young debtors instead is that they will become Homo economicus, whether or not they studied that noble creature.

David Graeber, the anthropologist who wrote the soon-to-beclassic Debt: The First 5,000 Years likens the process to a horror movie in which the zombies or the vampires attack the humans as a kind of recruitment policy. “They turn you into one of them,” as Graeber told me. Actually, they do worse than that. Graeber relates the story of a woman he met who got a Ph.D. from Columbia University, but whose $80,000 debt load put an academic career off-limits, since adjuncts earn close to nothing. Instead, the woman wound up working as an escort for Wall Street types. “Here’s someone who ought to be a professor,” Graeber explains, “doing sexual services for the guys who lent her the money.” The story hit home for me because I, too, wanted to be a professor, once. I remember the waves of enlightenment that washed over me in my first few years in college, the ecstasy of finally beginning to understand what moved human affairs this way or that, the exciting sense of a generation arriving at a shared sensibility. Oh, I might have gone on doing that kind of work forever, whether or not it made me rich, if journalism had not intervened. It’s hard to find that kind of ecstasy among the current crop of college graduates. The sensibility shared by their generation seems to revolve around student debt, which has been clamped onto them like some sort of interest-bearing iron maiden. They’ve been screwed— that’s what their moment of enlightenment has taught them. As for my own cohort, or at least the members of it who struggled through and made it to one of the coveted positions in the knowledge factory, the new generational feeling seems to be one of disgust. Our enthusiasm for learning which we trumpeted to the world merely led the nation’s children into debt bondage. Consider the remarks of Nicholas Mirzoeff, a professor of media at New York University, who sums up the diminishing returns of the profession on his blog: “I used to say that in academia one at least did very little harm. Now I feel like a pimp for loan sharks.”


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A solidarity message for the Quebec Students from Zimbabwe . People and the social movements in Zimbabwe are struggling hard for social and economic justice. In Solidarity

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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150859388427852


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Quebec government, students hit a wall in negotiations

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Earlier on Wednesday, the government rejected a student counteroffer after its own proposal to reduce the annual tuition fee increase of $254 by $35 was turned down. The government offer also included changes to the tax credit offered to post-secondary-education students.

The government came back with a new proposal that shocked student negotiators and led to the gridlock at the bargaining table.

The students argued that their proposals were being ignored while the government was bent on taking the talks in another direction. That wasn’t the message they had anticipated heading into the third day of negotiations.

“There are certain things that we thought we had agreed on [Tuesday]. I don’t know what happened but the tone became harder on the government’s side,” said Mr. Nadeau-Dubois earlier Wednesday. “Things have changed.”....

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/quebec-government-students...


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