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Higher Education in Peril

Public universities and colleges across North America and the United Kingdom appear to be rushing headlong into a new era, caught up in a stampede driven by state-initiated educational policy and demands for ‘modernization’ (certainly a matter of concern in … Continue reading




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Congress 2012: Where Do the Big Thoughts Leave Us?

From May 26th to June 2nd, 2012, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo hosted the Congress, Canada’s largest gathering of humanities and social sciences academics, organized annually by the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS). … Continue reading




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A Call for Open Dialogue and Solidarity: An Interview on the Quebec Strike

Alexandra Epp: Could you say your name into the microphone? Katie Heffring: My name is Katie Heffring. I belong to MUNACA, which is McGill University’s [union for] support staff.  Last year we were on strike for three months, which is … Continue reading




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Struggle & Solidarity in Toronto

Zach Ruiter of the Toronto Media Co-op has created this video exploring the tensions perceived in Ontario student organizations as some struggle to create a solidarity movement with the Quebec strike. The structure of the student organizations themselves are called into question, the need for a solidarity strike is debated, and the difficulties in coordinating the various smaller movements are explored. These tensions are ones that must be addressed if a solidarity movement is to take place in Ontario.




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Tuition Protesters ARE the Greeks of Canada: A Response to Margaret Wente

Globe & Mail writer Margaret Wente recently disparaged the students protesting tuition hikes in Quebec as the “Greeks of Canada.” In this response, Simon Orpana suggests the student movement actually positions Quebec as a beacon of social awareness with the potential to restore how Canada once defined itself as a country. The Quebec student strike, by opening a debate on the nature of democracy itself, has crucial implications for the whole of society.




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In December 2011, Erika Shaker invited all of us to question how an older generation of Canadians—now enjoying the most wealth and prosperity Canada has ever known—could have such disdain for its children, particularly the young people who are “trying … Continue reading




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Il Pleut des Etudiants, Premier de Mai – Montreal

The Toronto Media Co-op has posted this excellent video report by Zach Ruiter about the May Day march organized by the Quebec student movement. The video asks important questions about what it means to live in a society that denies young people affordable education and brutalizes them for engaging in democratic expression. Such a movement also gives us an opportunity to witness an emerging political culture in Quebec that engages the public and holds elected governments accountable to “change government policies towards more social justice, sustainable government, cultural autonomy.”




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Quebec Students Ignite the Popular Imagination Stefan Christoff chronicles the progress of student protests in Montréal, Québec as the movement grows. Students on strike initiated the demonstration to protest the rapidly increasing cost of tuition, but the movement now incorporates diverse … Continue reading




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Ontario University Students Speak in Support of Striking Quebec Students

We, the students of the Cultural Studies and Critical Theory (CSCT) graduate program at McMaster University, stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Quebec students currently on strike against the neoliberal assault on post-secondary education in their province. … Continue reading




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