Showing posts with label Quebec. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quebec. Show all posts

Monday, June 18, 2012

Mega Casseroles Night - Friday June 22nd

Video: Highlights from June 22 Casseroles in Montreal (at the end, promising to come back July 22 for an even bigger show of solidarity!)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Casseroles Night in Canada, round 2, June 6th, 8 PM at Harbourside Park



St. John's citizens gather at Harbourside Park before the march.
Casseroles solidarity marching up George Street:

Solidarity march making it's way to the banks...


St. John's citizens made themselves heard on the first Casseroles Night in Canada on May 30, and are invited to meet up at Harbourside Park for round two on Wednesday June 6th around 8 PM.

St. John's Casseroles Facebook event page

National Casseroles Event event page

People of all ages are welcome!

Bring your pots and pans, and something to hit them with! If anyone has any suggestions as to how to make this event bigger and better, please share in comments.

Leave your house at 8pm and clang your way down to Harbourside Park. Hopefully the noise will attract others to join in! When we get to the park, keep making noise and see how big of a crowd we can gather!

The news source has called for weekly Casseroling to continue showing solidarity with the student movement in Quebec and disapproval for Quebec's Law 78, which restricts Canadian's civil liberties, but to also make our discontent over Bill C-38 heard loud and clear. Let those in power know that Canadians are paying attention!

Members of Occupy NL have also created a postcard (front and back downloadable from that link) that you can send to your MP about the ominous, undemocratic Omnibus bill C-38.

See you in the streets!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Concert de Casseroles #3! -- Wednesday May 30 at Harbourside Park, 8 PM


Videos and images from Harbourside Park and the march on Water Street. Lots of parents and kids out tonight in solidarity with the student movement in Quebec and to show discontent with Law-78. An inspiring evening altogether! To share your own pics and videos and see what others have posted, check out the facebook event page.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Concert de Casseroles in NEWFOUNDLAND to Support Quebecois Students

Concert de Casseroles in NEWFOUNDLAND to Support Students in Quebec

Concert de casseroles (concert of pots and pans) in support of the demands of the Québec students and against law 78. 

TONIGHT - Sunday, May 27th, 8:00 p.m., at Harbourside Park.  

Show your colours: wear red, especially a red square!

This is not organized by an "organization"; we are doing this to demonstrate our support for the Québec demonstrations, and we are doing this to show we value civil rights.

What's a pots and pans concert?
A beautifully shot video of Quebec's nightly demos:

Wondering what the student strike has to do with you?
10 Points Eveyone should now about the Quebec Student Movement:

Wondering what Law 78 is all about?
Why it's wrong from the Quebec Bar Association: and a translation at:

Facebook event:
Related posts:
Our General Assembly will take place directly after this event, at around 8:30 at Harbourside Park

Update:  Here's the CBC article about the event

    Friday, May 25, 2012

    University Tuition in Canada: some historical perspective.

    A recurring argument in news commentary about the Quebec student strike is that Quebeckers pay the lowest university tuition in the country so they have no justification to protest tuition hikes.  These commentators tend to frame prevailing tuition rates in Ontario and BC as "normal", and thus the Quebec tuition rates as abnormally low.

    I think a little bit of historical perspective is in order.  Here is a chart presenting average annual tuition and fees for bachelor's degree programs in Canada's four largest provinces (plus NL).  The figures are corrected for inflation, in constant 2012 dollars.

    Click graph to expand

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    UPDATED POST: On the student movement in Quebec

    Massive student protests ongoing in Montreal -- on March 22nd, 200,000 protesters took part in a demonstration in downtown Montreal . Exactly a month later, on Earth Day, another 200,000 people took to the streets. And yet another month later, only picking up steam, a wave of people in red packed downtown Montreal on May 22nd, nearing 300,000 strong.

    Click here for more images from the March 22 demonstrations.

    Great recap: Ten Things Everyone Should Know about the Quebec Student Movement
    In response to the emergency law passed, Law 78, people have this to say: Arrest me!

    Downtown Montreal on May 22, 2012

    Concordia Student Union General Assembly operates using horizontal decision making like that used by the Occupy movement, and they spearheaded the student strike originating at Concordia. More info here about how this started.

    For up-to-date and reliable info on the Montreal student protests, check out the Montreal Media Co-op and Concordia University TV (CUTV) to watch the recap videos and livestreams from the student protests.


    You can also visit the Concordia Student Union site. And the McGill Student Union has a Student Strike FAQ up on their site.

    Visit the CLASSE website for more info as well. CLASSE is a temporary national student organization that includes, across Quebec, more than 76,000 members in many student unions from both colleges and universities. 

    Visit the MobSquad website for info on the campaign against tuition hikes.


    Demands to Concordia's Administration from students on strike 

    Here's a good overview of what's been happening since March 22. 

    April 11th -- Occupy Wall Street reports on Montreal student protests

    April 20th -- CUTV footage of violent policy encounter with student protesters

    April 20th -- Footage of protests at the Montreal Palais des Congres

    April 22th-- Crowd shot of Earth Day protest

    April 28th -- Montreal demonstrators march in protest of Jean Charest  (here's why)

    May 4th -- Montreal Students Stage Nearly-Nude Protests

    May 14th -- Quebec's Education Minister Resigns as Protests Continue

    May 17th -- Montreal students occupy University of Quebec

    May 17th -- Quebec announces emergency law to restore order and thousands protest in Montreal

    May 19th -- Quebec steps closer to martial law to repress students

    May 22nd -- Anatomy of a conflict after 100 days of student protest
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