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| June 1, 2012

Negotiations collapse in Quebec, protesters take to the streets

"Nothing is working anymore in Quebec City."

So began the report on Radio-Canada (French language CBC) regarding the collapse of negotiations between the Quebec government and the four associations of post-secondary students on strike. At 7pm on Thursday evening, Minister of Education Michelle Courchesne walked out of the talks.

Both sides held press conferences following the collapse. The government explained the sole, effective offer it made (varying only in form) over the four days of talks - to reduce its proposed hike in tuition fees by $35 to $219 for each of the coming seven years and to also reduce proportionately tax credits available to students and their families.


| May 31, 2012

Casseroles Night in Canada / La soirée des casseroles au Canada

A powerful slideshow of the more than 70 actions across Canada and around the world. Produced by East Van Solidarity. Apologies for errors and omissions. Send updates to eastvansolidarity[at]gmail[dot]com / Excuser les erreurs et les omissions. Envoyer à eastvansolidarity[at]gmail[sot]com

| May 30, 2012

Ottawa night march sets stage for cross-Canada 'Casseroles'

A night rally in Ottawa showed solidarity with Quebec students. (Photo: Ben Powless)
On the eve of today's cross-Canada actions, a night rally in Ottawa showed solidarity with Quebec students.

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Solidarity Halifax discusses Quebec student strikes

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 6:00pm


Dalhousie Student Union Building
Room 306
Halifax, NS
44° 38' 55.9716" N, 63° 34' 31.1232" W


This event is meant to help generate a discussion in Halifax about the  character and context of the events in Quebec and what it means for  activists in Halifax.

Following this discussion, there is also a casserole demonstration happening, which will involve a march to Victoria Park whilst banging on pots and pans. Please feel free to bring a pot to bang on.


| May 29, 2012

How the Anglo punditocracy demonizes Quebec's student protests

Anglo Canada is sticking its fingers in its ears and humming a happy song. Many in the English-speaking punditocracy and media (or perhaps mediocracy?) are doing their best to persuade us that student protests in Quebec are nothing of any consequence.

This is getting a little harder to do, now that so many other folks are joining the students. But it is not too late to jump on the bandwagon to ridicule or demonize the protesters. Just follow these simple steps.(These steps can be rearranged and amplified for dramatic effect.)

Step 1: Set the stage with a dismissive tone. Many like to scorn protesters as naïve over-entitled brats. If you really get huffing and puffing, brand students as anti-social radicals. This leads nicely into step 2.


The taming of Jean Charest

Jean Charest was an early critic of the newly majority Harper government for its 'we won, and we get to do what we want' attitude to opposition. Ironically, sadly and, ultimately, stupidly, not much later Charest went ahead and adopted a similar attitude himself when faced with student opposition to his proposed 75 per cent increases to tuition fees (over five years, since pushed up to 82 per cent over seven years).

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