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Watch: This is what 25,000 people for climate protection looks like

On Saturday April 11, 25,000+ beautiful people marched for climate action in Quebec City, as well as 15 other Canadian cities. It was one of Canada's biggest climate protests ever.

We told premiers a simple thing: they can't act on climate and approve tar sands pipelines at the same time. And we want clean energy solutions, now.

The day was emotional, beautiful, powerful. This is what 25,000 people for climate protection looks like.

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Montréal police violence, repression and remembering Robert Fransham

Missing in mainstream media reports on the recent wave of police violence against the growing street protests against austerity in Montréal, is any clear acknowledgement that this repression can be deadly.

Memories of the late Robert Fransham are on my mind over recent days.

Robert, a long-time community activist, retired high school teacher and cycling advocate, passed away due to "medical complications" the first days of 2015, complications that were exasperated and deepened after an incident of police violence last spring.

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Fighting austerity in Quebec is tied to systems of colonialism

Graphic by École de la Montagne Rouge

Cracks in the facade of austerity are quickly spreading outward on the streets in Montréal. Thousands upon thousands are actively joining a growing grassroots protest movement that is bold, broad and powerful.

Thursday's massive demonstration was the public illustration of a grassroots movement in motion, one that is not taking place at random, but that has been built over years. Important and intense debates are taking place about the nature, direction and tactics of this anti-austerity movement.

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Four reasons Quebec is on the streets fighting austerity

Night demonstrations -- a fixture in the 2012 Quebec student movement -- were held on Tuesday in Montreal and Quebec City, and again on Friday in Montreal, with thousands filling the streets as well as hundreds of armoured police.

The mobilization against austerity measures was met by strong police reaction. On Thursday of the same week, the Quebec Liberal government tabled a budget "balanced" by large cuts to education, health care and other social services spending.

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Austerity-driven cuts ignite protests in Montreal

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Last night on the streets of Montréal thousands joined a spirited protest against austerity, targeting the violent cuts to the public sector currently taking place under the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard, occurring within the wider context of the Conservative austerity hammer coming down across Canada.

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Thousands in Montreal unite against austerity and petro-economy

Called by the Comité Printemps 2015 (Spring 2015 Committee), the "Popular Protest Against Austerity and the Petro-Economy" in Montreal on Saturday, March 21, was the spring's first major demonstration in what many hope will be a heated season.

Despite persistent wet snow and a low grey sky, the protest grew several blocks long, noisily winding through downtown Montreal for several hours on Saturday afternoon.

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Photo: Paul VanDerWerf/flickr
| March 19, 2015

Non to austerity in Quebec: Demonstrations scheduled for Saturday

Spring is being welcomed in Quebec with a Popular Protest (Manifestation populaire) against austerity and the petro-economy this Saturday, March 21, called by Printemps 2015 organizers. Saturday's event in Montreal will be the biggest of the day, though others are planned around Quebec. 

Printemps 2015, named in reference to the "Maple Spring" student movement of spring 2012, pegs austerity and a fossil fuel economy as the forces to rally against. 

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| March 12, 2015
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