Just a short post today as I have to do a wee bit of traveling. The student strike in Quebec is gaining steam as more and more young people take a stand against neoliberal austerity measures that impose taxes and user fees (in the form of higher tuition) on the right to an education. Yesterday afternoon a massive march occurred in Quebec City to protest the policies of the Charest government. Police responded with violence and tear gas volleys against the peaceful students.
The strike has been running for close to a month now and is part of a long history of student strikes in Quebec which often resulted in significant political change; recent history shows that this sorts of political action can be quite effective in stopping cuts to programs that benefit young people. Here's a view from the street, see: