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Amélie Daoust-Boisvert August 6 2012
PHOTO CAPTION: Hundreds of teachers have denounced Law 12, formerly known as Bill 78, at a press conference at UQAM, August 6, 2012.
Teachers and CEGEPs and universities will respect the democratic decisions of student associations, rather than follow law 12 (formerly known as bill 78). Hundreds of teachers spoke out today [August 6, 2012] against the emergency legislation at a press conference at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
The teachers published a manifesto signed by 1162 Quebecois teachers, joined by hundreds of colleagues around the world, for a total of about 2000 signatures.
Judith Trudeau and Stéphane Chalifour June 27, 2012
Original French text: http://profscontrelahausse.org/billets/rouge-comme-un-printemps/
Reflections on the student movement
What was originally a low-intensity conflict destined to be resolved by the combined
effects of the test of time and fear of failure, has been slowly transformed into a real
crisis whose more acute magnitude poses the recurrent question of a new social contract. Clearly overwhelmed, but bolstered by polls, the Liberal government has underestimated this segment of the student youth whose determination has unfolded over time, with creativity and intelligence. The evasion and refusal to discuss a moratorium (an announcement of which would have sufficed to bypass the radicalization of students), ended up constituting - in essence - the improvised strategy of a government whose apparent firmness attests, ultimately, to its weakness and its decay in public affairs. Although this crisis is neither over nor opening up a radical option in the political scene, it leads to a reflection illuminating the contradictions that it seems to have exacerbated. Far from any claim to completeness, we wish to review here a few elements.
Montreal, June 20th 2012/ CNW Telbec/ - Tomorrow, June 21st, 49 people, among some 1200 signatories of a letter against the infamous special law, will take to the street to arrive at the office of the premier of Quebec and the leader of the liberal party. They will present a resounding letter, denouncing loud and clear the affronts to rights and freedoms that bill 78 [law 12 – NDLR] constitutes and demanding its immediate abrogation. This special event brings together artists, intellectuals and syndicalists.
Among the people who will march are Ricard, Batlam from Loco Locass, the syndicalist Atim Léon, the philosopher Christian Nadeau, the artist Paule Baillargeon, the essayist Jacques Pelletier, the writer Denise Boucher and the artist Yann Perreau, Pierre Saint-German, syndicalist, Caroline Senneville, syndicalist, Damien Contandriopoulos, professor, Louise Vandelac, research institute director…