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CKUT Radio: McGill students occupy admin building #nov10

interview with student occupying McGill administration building

by Stefan Christoff

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strike!

Listen to an interview with a McGill student activist currently occupying McGill administration offices as part of a Quebec-wide protest against austerity economics and for accessible education. Over 200,000 students are striking today across Quebec and in downtown Montreal a massive demonstration has taken to the streets to demand accessible education.

At McGill University the administration is speaking publicly for the proposed hike in tuition fees that will over the next challenge accessible education in Quebec. Additionally the McGill administration has been publicly working to undermine workers rights on campus in relation to the MUNACA strike which has seen thousands of McGill workers on strike since Sept. 1st.

Info: http://munacastrike.wordpress.com/

Info: http://www.tuitiontruth.ca/

This radio report has been produced for broadcast on CKUT radio by Stefan Christoff who is at http://www.twitter.com/spirodon/

 

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OUT YOUR DEBT & SHARE YOUR STORY!

IN SOLIDARITY WITH QUEBEC STUDENT PROTESTS AGAINST HIKES TO TUITION FEES

I have an idea: let's TALK about how much student loan debt we are carrying and how it impacts on our life.  Silence & shame around money keeps people from rising up!  I’ll go first:  I graduated in 2002 with a BA from McGill and I still have $15,266 from my Federal loan which is now 'managed' through RBC.  I have about $5,000 owing to the Quebec Government.  Am I lazy?  HELL no.  Do I spend extravagantly?  Not unless you count shopping ‘sprees’ at second hand stores. I worked a min. of 25-35 hours throughout my entire undergrad, got bursaries and have been working since (up to 50 hour weeks) since  I graduated and am STILL in a choke-hold.  How much profit did RBC post in the last quarter?

SOLIDARITE AVEC LES ETUDIANTS PARTOUT AU QUEBEC QUI DISENT NON AUX REHAUSSES DE TUITION!

J’ai une idée : discutons-nous nos dettes actuels et comment ils impactent sur nos vies.  Le silence et la honte nous arrêtent de s’organiser et de résister!  Je vais commencer : j’ai terminé bon BAC à McGill en 2002.  J’en ai toujours $15,266 de mon prêt étudiant Fédérale, maintenant « géré » par RBC.  Je dois 5 mille au gouvernement Québécois.  Suis-je paresseuse?  NON.  Dépense-je trop?  Peut-être si vous comptez les friperies.  J’ai travaillé un minimum de 25-35 heures durant mes études y inclut après (jusqu’à 50 heures / semaine).  Je me sens étouffée et étranglée par mes dettes.  RBC a affiché combien en profits durant le dernier période fiscale?

elle est une etudiante

elle est une etudiante canadienne, pas d'un quebecoise.

we also had franco and anglo quebeckers

CUTV delivers hundreds of

CUTV delivers hundreds of video letters from Quebec students to Charest

read full release: http://www.cutvmontreal.ca/blog/2011/11/10/dear-charest

watch videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0D98FFE229FD725C&feature=viewall

In Solidarity

Thank you CKUT for posting this interview. As a student of Mount Royal University in Calgary, where my school is dedicated to serving student interests, I am attesting to the value of what the occupiers want to see happen for McGill. In its most advanced form, a university should be a community where the student body can thrive, where individual learning and expansion is strongly supported by the administration. Students should not have to subscribe to apathy, or lack of empowerment states that serve to only support the corporate bodies of the business behind the school.

Strong student representation in the university's governing body is critical.

Because Mount Royal is a fledgling university, it has been in the perfect position to develop within a model that respects students' rights and needs. Mount Royal students flourish in a community where access to education is paramount, affordable, and effective. 

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