For the past few months, Quebec university and CEGEP students have been protesting the Quebec government’s plan to increase university tuiton by $325 a year for the next five years. For the past few weeks, there’ve been protests almost daily in Montreal and QuÃ©bec City. And this week, the protests will ramp up even more, in anticipation of the provincial budget, which is expected to be released today. More than 100,000 students across the province are on strike, either with a limited or unlimited mandate, and some classes have been suspended (especially at CEGEPs, where most of the students who’re on a unlimited strike are enrolled). There’ve been confrontations with the police (a student has lost an eye from shrapnel from a flash grenade police used to disperse a crowd), and things are generally tense.
Undergraduates, you get a lot of shit from a lot of people. Some of it is utterly deserved. Some of it is utterly undeserved. Most of the time, you act like young adults who are on their own for the first time, faced with looming uncertainty in your future, and dealing with all the crap that comes with growing up. And lately, you’ve been making me feel very proud. Continue reading