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Amélie Daoust-Boisvert August 16, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/education/356934/les-etudiants-vulnerables-ont-ecope
Gabrielle Duchaine August 1, 2012
PHOTO ROBERT SKINNER, LA PRESSE
(Montreal) Summer vacation hasn’t taken the drive out of the student movement. One hundred days after the first night demonstration against tuition hikes, and 12 hours after the official launch of an electoral campaign, thousands of casseroles and demonstrators took to the streets of Montreal Wednesday night. A warning to disperse was given by the SPVM at 10:30pm.
Even the famous Anarchopanda came to the head of the demonstration. He received a veritable ovation on his arrival, which galvanized the crowd, already feverish under a stormy sky.
Masks, a giant red square, mascots, flags, fireworks, whistles, scarves…there was everything, and there was a lot of it.
Geneviève Tremblay July 16, 2012
The day after its congress, which took place on Saturday at Université Laval, the Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité étudiante (CLASSE, the Broad coalition of the Association for student solidarity) yesterday reaffirmed its determination to oppose “neoliberal policies” and to rally Quebeckers to its “social strike” through dialog, whether or not elections take place.
This strategy, elaborated last week along with the publication of its manifesto entitled “Share Our Future” and refined this weekend in Quebec City, will remain independent from any political party and will escalate its efforts in the event of an election call, underlined co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois yesterday, who was reached by Le Devoir after a day of talks in Montérégie.
“What the congress decided upon was to conduct a campaign focused on the students’ ideas and values. To operate in parallel to the election campaign, to not follow any particular party, to go speak with people about our societal vision without sending out a briefing or instructions on what is to be done on voting day”, he said, adding that the Coalition is “clear-minded”.
Rima Elkouri May 28, 2012
Original French Text Here: http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniques/rima-elkouri/201205/27/01-4529052-le-mepris.php
Thus Maclean’s magazine delivers another truncheon blow to Quebec and its student strikers with (another) controversy. Below the title “The New Ruling Class in Quebec,” we see a masked demonstrator resembling a terrorist. The subtitle proposes to explain how a group of students who say their struggle is a “war party” have “shut down the province.” All of this “over $325,” adds the subtitle, further twisting the facts to more efficiently ridicule the issue.
Many saw this as a fresh example of “Quebec bashing” from an Anglo-Canadian magazine that, two years ago, with a Mafiosi Bonhomme Carnival on their cover, described Quebec as “the most corrupt province in Canada.” They were without a doubt not wrong. That a national magazine, the Canadian equivalent of Time, should offer a cover as tendentious as this is distressing. No matter whether the content of the reporting inside is more dignified, this obnoxious opening buries all possibility of nuance from the beginning. It offers a distorted and laughable view of an important social crisis that grips the whole province. It suggests that Quebec is a society of incompetents held hostage by spoiled children who terrorise them for $325 more in pocket money.
By Rima Elkouri, published in La Presse, May 30, 2012
“It’s really the nightstick blow that started it all.”
The man who is talking to me in a hoarse voice is named Olivier Roy. He’s 31. Ski goggles are sitting on his table. He’s visibly exhausted. Visibly indignant.
By day, Olivier Roy is a philosophy teacher at CÉGEP de Terrebonne. By night, for more than a month, he has demonstrated against police brutality. He has participated in some thirty marches. He was still out there Tuesday night.
Olivier tells me, almost shyly, that he recently had to buy these ski goggles. Not for skiing, you understand. Neither for confronting the police—that’s not at all his style. But just to be able to demonstrate peacefully without worrying about his eyes. For more than a month, he’s felt too much pepper. He’s seen too many plastic bullets fired, too many concussion grenades that can blind a person. After his marathon of demonstrations, he has arrived at the sad conclusion that a citizen who wishes to protest needs two things; ski goggles and a camera.
Young People Were Excluded
by SARAH-MAUDE LEFEBVRE
Published in the Journal de Montréal, Thursday May 31, 22:44
Original French Text: http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2012/05/31/les-jeunes-ont-ete-exclus
Two polls on the Special Law Bill 78 published in the Le Soleil and La Presse dailies underrepresented those aged 18-24. This caused an “important distortion” in the poll’s results.
Certain observers and polling experts, like Pierre Drouilly of l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and blogger-reporter Jean-François Lisée, have in turn criticised the methods used by the polling firm CROP to survey the population about Bill 78.
In the poll, published May 26, only 3% of respondents were aged 18 to 24, whereas that age group represents 11% of the overall population, according to Statistics Canada. This proportion was also present in the poll undertaken the previous week, according to Mr. Lisée.