The Art of Resistance
e.310 - #WeTheStudents Won't Back Down: Hands Off Post-Secondary Funding ft. Susi Hermanns and Chitta Chowdhury
In a move that will cost Ontario Universities $360 million and Colleges about $80 million, Doug Ford and the Ontario Conservative Party announced a series of cuts to post-secondary education that would reduce tuition fees by 10% beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. Included in the roll-out: the elimination of tuition-based grants for low income students and a new Student Choice Initiative that encourages students to opt out of what the party deems “non-essential services”. These services include student unions, equity-based programming such as the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) and campus-radio networks.
The series of cuts were met swiftly with protests across the province, including a series of actions at Queen’s Park. We’re joined by two organizers with the Ontario Student Action Network reflecting on their direct-action and what it takes to build student power across Ontario.
Susi Hermanns is a labour activist and third year student at York University. We're also joined by Chitta Chowdhury, a 2nd year student at the University of Ottawa and member of the Ontario Student Action Network.