Entrevue de Myriam Villeneuve et Charelle Heon ce matin sur ICI Radio-Canada en tant que bénévoles de RAÉO.

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Ce matin, le 20 mars 2019, nous avons été invités à parler avec ICI Radio-Canada Les matins d'ici avec Philippe Marcoux. Myriam Villeneuve et Charelle Heon ont assistées à une entrevue pour l'organisation de RAÉO.

Les deux ont parlées de l'impact négatif que ces changements du gouvernement PC de Doug Ford aura sur les étudiants. Cela comprend la réduction du montant des subventions mises à la disposition des étudiants, l’augmentation de la durée de dépendance des parents à 6 ans en dehors des études post-secondaire, la suppression de la période de grâce de 6 mois sans intérêt pour les prêts aux étudiants ontariens, la réduction de l’éligibilité pour RAFÉO et la l’augmentation des dettes pour les étudiants.

Myriam et Charelle ont mentionnées que RAÉO avait pris des mesures concrètes pour lutter contre ces changements. Nous avons eu des manifestations à Ottawa, organisé une manifestation à l'échelle de la province le 4 février 2019 et agit pour perturber l'Assemblée législative de l'Ontario le 19 février 2019 en dénonçant Doug Ford pour ses attaques contre tous les étudiants de la province.

Vous pouvez écouter notre interview ici!

Avec solidarité,

RAÉO

This morning, on March 20, 2019, we were invited to speak on ICI Radio-Canada Les matins d'ici with Philippe Marcoux. Myriam Villeneuve and Charelle Heon attended the interview on behalf of OSAN.

The two of them spoke about the negative impact these changes by Doug Ford's PC Government will have on students. This includes decreasing the amount of grants made available to students, increasing the parent -dependancy time limit to 6 years out of highschool, removing the 6-month interest-free grace period for Ontario students' loans, reducing elgibility for OSAP, and overall increasing student debt.

Myriam and Charelle mentioned that RAÉO has taken concrete action against these changes. We have three demonstrations in Ottawa, organized a province protest that took place on February 4th 2019, and took action to disrupt the Ontario Legislature on February 19th 2019, calling out Doug Ford for his attacks on all students in the province.

You can listen to our interview here!

In Solidarity,

OSAN

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OSAN's INTERVIEW ON THE ART OF RESISTANCE @ CIUT 89.5 FM

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We’ll keep this one short.

Two OSAN members were interviewed on CIUT radio (89.5 FM) earlier this week. Chiita and Susi talked about some of OSAN’s goals, our future development and what makes us different from organizations such as CFS.

https://shows.pippa.io/theartofresistance/episodes/wethestudents

We are a Grassroots organization.

We are students and activists, just like you. We believe in direct democracy and full student representation. That means OSAN makes decisions based on consensus of our members, not elected representatives. We have and want to maintain strong connections to the student community.

We strive to achieve free and accessible post-secondary education for all.

Education should be free and available to everyone. We have managed this in Canada from kindergarten to secondary school, we can manage this for post-secondary too. Nobody should have to graduate with $30,000 or $50,000 or $100,000 of debt because they are trying to educate themselves. Many countries in Europe, along with some others in the world, have fully funded and (nearly) free post-secondary programs; often administrative fees of $200-$300 USD may be charged. That’s it.

Free post-secondary education is possible and a benefit to society. Don’t let politicians tell you otherwise.

We’re branching out.

OSAN is currently based in Ottawa. We also have a chapter getting started in York. If you would like to join our team and start at chapter of OSAN in your city, get in touch with us!

Be sure to check out our interview on CIUT 89.5 FM!

Here is a link to the podcast online!

https://shows.pippa.io/theartofresistance/episodes/wethestudents

Keep on fighting people!

Best,

Gaelan Kirby

Why Students Like Us Are Fighting For Our Right To Free Tuition

We disrupted Queens Park in protest of Doug Ford's cuts to OSAP.


Part of our team disrupting the legislature.

Part of our team disrupting the legislature.

The crisis of never-ending student debt grows as our neighbours down in the U.S. are spending more time at work than they are in the classroom. With Doug Ford's recent cuts to post-secondary financial aid, it seems that it will not be long until Ontario students follow suit.

On February 19, the first day of legislature after the winter break, we took the opportunity to let the Ford government know that we will not take his blatant assault on students and workers. We disrupted Queens Park, chanting "No cuts! No fees! Tuition should be free!" while attempting to hold up a banner that said "free tuition now."

After the demonstration, a number of us received comments and messages online claiming that we're "lazy students" who just want free stuff. We, the students who took part in the Queens Park disruption, are all working-class students. Many of us have jobs during and between our semesters and, like most students, we'll all end up dealing with an insane amount of debt.

Many working-class students are stuck in an impossible position of trying to keep their grades up while caring for family, paying bills, having a social life, and dealing with the mental and physical health issues that come from being overworked and underpaid. With so many people stretched so thin, we have massively inadequate services to support these students in their ability to actually finish their degrees. Meanwhile, tuition and cost of living goes up every year and these problems are only getting worse.

Many working-class students are stuck in an impossible position.

The old Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), which covered tuition for low-income students through grants, helped make education more accessible for working-class students. Ford's elimination of free tuition for low-income students leaves people wondering if they will have to drop out of school because they can no longer afford it. Others are forced to come up with alternative solutions — like taking a year or two off of school, or becoming a part-time student so that they can work more hours.

On top of making post-secondary education inaccessible, Ford's changes directly attack student governments and student organizations. Ford has reduced student groups to "crazy marxist nonsense," when in reality they offer vital services and resources to students, including student newspapers, food banks and transit discounts.

While Ford tells us that we should have our mouths washed out with soap for using profanity, he has no trouble associating with white nationalists and racists. This past month, he endorsed the incredibly racist pro-pipeline movement. Doug Ford may have a problem with the use of a few swear words, but we have an issue with his apparent support of racists.

Making our banner for the legislature disruption.

Making our banner for the legislature disruption.

Ford is not an anomaly.

While we criticize Ford, that does not mean we believe other politicians or parties are exempt from scrutiny. The Liberals like to distinguish themselves from PCs by opposition but fail at accountability. Despite running on a platform of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the federal Liberal government has sanctioned the building of a gas pipeline on Indigenous sovereign land — without their consent — and the B.C. NDP failed to challenge this assault on Indigenous rights. Unsurprisingly: Canada is a settler-colonial state, after all, based on the systematic and sustained genocide of its Indigenous peoples.

These changes to OSAP are part of a broader attack.

Ford's Bill 66, reversing many of the previous government's policies, is deeply reminiscent of Harris' "Bully Bill" of 1995. Bill 26, introduced immediately after election, enacted sweeping changes to everything from health care to labour rights: closing schools, hospitals, endangering environmental protections, infringing upon labour rights. Does that sound familiar to you?

Why free tuition?

We have been subdued into thinking it is natural to graduate tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Tuition has tripled since the '90s and continues to rise: a 10-per-cent tuition cut is meaningless in the face of staggering debt and rising inflation. It is unacceptable to have creativity, livelihood and opportunity denied alongside increasingly inaccessible education. Education is a right, not a privilege — and this government is actively suppressing education and its spaces.

Ontario Student Action Network rally in Ottawa.

Ontario Student Action Network rally in Ottawa.

These changes to OSAP are part of a broader attack on social services by the Ford government. Over the past months, we've seen: cuts to living wage, social assistance, ODSP and disability rights; cancellation of Ontario's basic income pilot project; Indigenous culture funding cuts; the Greenbelt nearly opened up to development; extensive cuts to education; looming privatization in the health-care and transit sectors; regressive changes to the sex-ed curriculum; we've seen legislation strengthening and stripping accountability from police forces.

The Ford government has clearly demonstrated that "the people" it is "for" excludes our most vulnerable communities: but Ford does value industry and corporations.