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Canadian students RISE in protest as their affordable EDUCATION fees will be a thing of the PAST

Published on June 5, 2012 by RTGlobalReport
The Canadian province of Quebec. A region that prides itself on free healthcare and affordable education for its residents. Students here pay a fixed amount for tuition fees, around $2500 a year for all of the colleges and universities. That’s the LOWEST rate in North America - and the taxpayers pick up the rest. But that model might change as their government looks south.

Canadian Labour Congress CLC accused of ‘selling out’ Quebec students

Canadian Labour Congress accused of ‘selling out’ Quebec students

By Tom Sandborn June 22, 2012 04:14 pm
A Vancouver rally in support of the students is scheduled to be held tonight (June 22) at 7:00 p.m. at the downtown Vancouver Art Gallery. Recently the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, CUPE Ontario, and the international union group Public Services International have all issued statements of support for the student protests, and on June 7 the BC Federation of Labour issued a statement that said, in part:
“We join our Sisters and Brothers across Canada in congratulating the students of Quebec for standing up for what’s right, and urge the government of Quebec to negotiate with Quebec students to end this strike, while keeping education in Quebec accessible and affordable for all.”
But some critics of labour leadership say that the country’s national umbrella group, the Canadian Labour Congress, is “selling out,” Quebec students. In a statement posted on the Recomposition website and widely circulated in BC labour circles this week, CLC president Ken Georgetti and Michel Arsenault, president of the FTQ/QFL, the Quebec labour umbrella group, are attacked for discouraging Anglo Canadian unions from taking “possibly illegal” actions to support the student uprising.
A letter Georgetti wrote to the CLC’s Canadian Council is cited by the critics, who say that the CLC leader, who invokes the protocols governing labour actions that cross Canada/Quebec boundaries, was discouraging solidarity actions by unions based outside Quebec.
Jim Sinclair, president of the BC Fed, says that there is nothing to these criticisms.
“We saw the letter from Brother Georgetti, and there was nothing in it to keep us from supporting the students,” he insisted in a phone interview with The Tyee.
“We followed protocol when we wanted to show solidarity, and contacted the QFL,” Sinclair said on Friday afternoon. “We were welcomed and thanked for our support. This is just the usual protocol, and certainly not a sell out. We support these students and there will be more support actions in BC.”
Dennis Gruending, who speaks for the CLC, told The Tyee by email that the main point of Georgetti’s letter was to remind all concerned “. . . that labour leaders from outside of Quebec should, as a matter of courtesy and protocol, contact the FTQ before making any forays into Quebec.” He pointed out that the CLC had issued a strong statement of support for the Quebec students on May 1.
Quebec student leaders were featured guests this week at a Vancouver forum sponsored by the BC Federation of Labour and the Canadian Federation of Students. On June 20,over 150 enthusiastic supporters heard Martine Desjardins, president and vice president Yanick Gregoire of La Federation Etudiante Universitaire du Quebec, the largest student organization in the province, report on the massive student mobilizations against tuition increases that have filled Quebec streets now for over 18 weeks.
Despite the summer break in university schedules and despite Draconian new legislation brought in by the province to try to quell the protests, students and their allies have been making real gains, the student leaders maintained, and they vowed to continue their fight.
“We hope we will be called back by the government to negotiate or they will face us in the general election,” declared Desjardins.

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Dr. Danny Weil is a public interest attorney who has practiced for more than twenty years and has been published in a case of first impression in California. He is no longer active as a lawyer but has written seven books on education, has taught second grade in South Central LA, PS 122, taught K-1 migrant children in Santa Maria, California and Guadalupe, California, taught in the California Youth Authority to first and second degree murderers and taught for seventeen years at Allan Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria, CA. in the philosophy department. Dr. Weil holds a BA in Political Economics and Philosophy, a multi-subject bilingual credential in education (he is fluent in Spanish) and a PhD in Critical Thinking. Dr. Weil was one of 226 legal residents in Nicaragua, where he worked for the Ministry of Culture under the Sandanistas in1985. Dr. Weil is an expert in curriculum design for critical thinking at all levels of education, from K-adult. He is also an internationally recognized speaker on critical thinking and pedagogy, having written many books on the subject. Danny Weil is a writer for Project Censored and Daily Censored. He received the Project Censored "Most Censored" News Stories of 2009-10 award for his article: "Neoliberalism, Charter Schools and the Chicago Model / Obama and Duncan's Education Policy: Like Bush's, Only Worse," published by Counterpunch, August 24, 2009. Dr. Weil has published more than seven books on education in the past 20 years. You can also read much more about all aspects of the privatization of the educational means of production and the for-profit, predatory colleges in his writings found at,,, and Project where he has covered the issue of the privatization of education for years. He can be reached at [email protected] His new book, an encyclopedia on charter schools, entitled: "Charter School Movement: History, Politics, Policies, Economics and Effectiveness," 641 pages, was published in August of 2009 by Grey House Publishing, New York, and provides a scathing look at the privatization of education through charter schools. He is currently a member of the Truthout Public Intellectual Project. "The project is designed to provide a platform for the general public to think carefully about a range of social problems that affect their lives. It will also allow a generation of scholars to reflect on their own intellectual practices, discourses and understanding of what it might mean to embrace their role as public intellectuals" (

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