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Thousands of Québec students on general strike

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Thousands of students in Québec are protesting tuition fee hikes by the Québec Liberal government.

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'Tenir Tête' takes us back inside the Maple Spring

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Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the Maple Spring's most recognizable face, offers a straight-forward account about how the student strike felt from the inside.

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'Tenir Tête' revisits the Maple Spring

Tenir Tête

by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois
(Lux Éditeur,
2013;
$19.95)

In early 2012, student activists, organized through CLASSE, descended upon Cégep Valleyfield. The campus, just West of Montréal, was not known to be a hotbed of progressive activism. It was, however, the site of the first strike vote that would cascade into more than 300,000 Québec students protesting a tuition fee hike by striking from their classes.

The stakes were high and momentum was critical: If Valleyfield students voted against the strike, it would likely mean more failed votes at the cégeps that followed. The Maple Spring hinged on Valleyfield.

CLASSE spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois delivered an impassioned speech that he hoped would tip the balance towards a successful strike vote:

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Anti-poverty quilt highlights Ontario's vast economic disparity and backwards priorities

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People living in poverty unveiled a collective art piece more than 175 feet long on the Ontario Government lawn on October 17 to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. They urged the Wynne Government to repair the frayed social safety net.

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