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February 7th, 2007


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05:57 pm - PROTEST ADRENALINE RUSH!!!
Wow the Lower Tuition Protest was awesome today!!  The energy was so high, and Jack Layton, leader of the NDP party came as a guest speaker!! wOOt!! So totally worth it!!!!  I didn't bring my camera, but one of my friends did, so as soon as she sends me the photos I'll post 'em up (maybe along with some Takumi pics since I've been promising those for awhile now).  Good day good day, another productive day spent on a good cause, awesome awesome aweomse!!!!

CBC coverage
CTV coverage

[EDIT]: Pictures added.  Thank you seraphim_12 for sending me these!!



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We gathered in front of the Morisset library around 11am yesterday for the big hike to Parliament Hill.  But before that, as early as 7am people were arriving to make the signs and walking around campus handing out flyers and standing at traffic intersections to drum up support for the protest.






Heading out to Parliament Hill, cheering and chanting the whole way!


The police were ready bright and early too lol.












Arriving on Parliament Hill.  Politicians beware!!







THE STUDENTS UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!!!!!!!!!!

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From:fredgeorgelover
Date:February 8th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
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that was all over the radio and the news today.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:February 8th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
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Yeah? Awesome!! It was so exciting. At first I was a bit conservative about screaming at the top of my lungs, but by the end I felt like storming the Parliament XD
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From:fredgeorgelover
Date:February 8th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
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good for you!!! do you think it will help???
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From:koneko_desu
Date:February 8th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
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I don't know, but at least now those darn politicians know they can't just push us students around and expect us to sit on our asses and do nothing about it. And this is just the start, there's more events coming in the future months, so until they lower the tuition and freeze it, we'll keep applying pressure. This is a democracy and our voices WILL be heard dammit >D
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From:fredgeorgelover
Date:February 8th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
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i can tell you feel really strongly about this. i hope it works out for you.

i'll be in university next year... scary thought...
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From:koneko_desu
Date:February 8th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
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Lol, well if there's anytime in one's life to let out all the steam at the adults for oppressing us these 4 years are it.

I personally believe investing in education is investing in a future for Canada. Students are the next generation of the country, and if they're strapped down with debt, or if they can't even make it to university because they can't afford it, then what kind of future does the country have? Especially when you hear things like right before Christmas the MP's got a 25% pay-raise. I mean seriously, wtf is that?! O___o First of all the MP's get to vote on whether or not to get their own pay-raises, that's retarded, and second of all, who's ever heard of a 25% pay-raise??? If they have that much surplus then for heavens sake help the students out a little here.
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From:fredgeorgelover
Date:February 8th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
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the amount it is going to cost for me to go to university has always been my second biggest concern. my first was getting in but that's not the point right now. my family doesn't have a lot of money cause of how many people are in the family. so its going to be hard to pay next year. and i don't think i'm allowed to get a student oan cause of how much my parents make. but since there are so many of us we still have no money.

and if they honestly have that much money to thorw around to people who don't need it... then share some with people who do need it.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:February 8th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
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Exactly! See I think the only measurement of whether you get into university or not should be on your intelligence, NOT on how much money either you or your parents have in the bank accounts. Investing in the youth of today is investing in the tomorrow of Canada, and by avoiding that responsibility the government is totally giving the message that they don't care two cents about the future of our country!
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From:fredgeorgelover
Date:February 8th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
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the government doesn't give two shits. they just sit in their chairs thinking 'oh i have money so everything is good' they don't care about anything else. and it isn't fair. money keeps a lot of people from going to university. i know a few people who didn't get to go cause of money. not cause they weren't smart enough just cause they didn't have money and didn't qualify for a student loan.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 8th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
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That's great! All 4 universities in Montreal protested at their campuses, and then the protest spread onto Sherbrooke St. It was a great turnout!-James
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From:koneko_desu
Date:February 8th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
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YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE STUDENTS UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!!!!!!
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From:surealistic_des
Date:February 8th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
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*winches in amount of fees*

And you guys have to pay this in full when you enroll? Or over the duration of your course?

But yay for the rally *cheers* Hope it got the message across.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:February 8th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
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Well we generally pay either by semester or by year (so 2 semesters, fall and winter in one year). Generally at my university it's about $6,000/year give or take some and depending on program. For some programs the fees are a lot higher.

Yeah those darn politicians, if they didn't get the message today then they're stupid AND deaf ~__~
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From:surealistic_des
Date:February 8th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
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Oh. Oh.

I see. Its very different to here then. ^^; As we are able to defer our fees till the end of course. So we end up paying it gradually as we head off to work.

Yes hear hear >:)
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From:seraphim_12
Date:February 8th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
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ahahah, I'm glad you got the pics, it took me awhile to figure out how to send them, XD! My arm still hurts from all the sign waving.
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From:platinum_ice
Date:February 13th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
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lol i find it funny that i recognise some people in those photos.. and seeing pictures of ottawa and campus is making me all whimsical and nostalgic.. :P.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:February 13th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
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XDDD You see some friends in there? XDDD Yeah it would've been fun if you'd've been here with us, but next year next year, students always find things to protest about XD
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From:platinum_ice
Date:February 13th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
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lol not friends.. just pssa people lol

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