The Art of Resistance


e.310 - #WeTheStudents Won't Back Down: Hands Off Post-Secondary Funding ft. Susi Hermanns and Chitta Chowdhury

Season 3, Ep. 10

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.

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e. 420 - People Before Profit: MISN Takes On Canadian Mining Giants

Season 4, Ep. 20
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network Website | Facebook | TwitterFrom March 1st to 4th, Toronto will play host to the annual conference of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada- PDAC is a group representing Canada’s mining exploration and extraction industry. The convention is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting thousands of investors and 26,000 attendees from over 130 countries. It is considered the “superbowl” event of extractive industries, featuring award ceremonies, workshops, and keynote addresses by prominent mining moguls and political figures, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Toronto is considered the hub of the global mining industry.Though it promotes itself as an ethical industry upholding high environmental standards and labour practices, the Canadian mining industry is actually notorious for its ecological and human rights abuses around the world. In 2016, a report from Osgoode Hall’s Justice and Corporate Accountability Project found that between 2000-2015, 709 cases of criminal activity and 44 targeted deaths were related to Canadian mining projects in Latin America. Mining companies and the Canadian government, including under Prime Minister Trudeau, have so far failed to make any meaningful change to the violence of the extractive industry, and few Canadians are aware of these abuses.Today, we speak to Kate Klein, an organizer with the group Mining Injustice and Solidarity Network to learn more about the upcoming conference and the imperial violence of the Canadian mining industry.The Art of Resistance airs Tuesdays on CIUT89.5FM.Facebook | Twitter | Instagram