Students Today Pay 45% More Tuition vs. a Decade Ago

Undergraduate students today pay 45% more in tuition than students did a decade ago.

Meanwhile, government funding for post-secondary education has declined by 20% since the early 1990s. Between 1999 and 2012 Student debt grew by 44%. Reduced funding and higher tuition limits access to education for the working class.

When CEGEP and university students in Quebec rose up opposing a 75% tuition increase, the police, enforcers of the Canadian state, reacted in violent brutality against protesters. In 2013, at a protest in Victoriaville police used rubber bullets against students resulting in a student losing vision in one eye.

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The Canadian Military is Currently Training Neo-Nazis in the Ukraine

The Azov Batallion (Pictured holding a NATO and swastika flag) is a volunteer militia founded by neo-Nazis. Their members have attacked LGBTQ events and have forcibly driven Romani people out of their homes. They are currently receiving training from the Canadian military as part of a wider effort to train anti-Russian forces and the Ukrainian national guard to destabilize the region.

The Canadian military training neo-Nazis, just another reason to say: Fuck the 150!

https://news.vice.com/…/five-police-officers-injured-as-ant…

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RCMP Slaughtered Sled Dogs Used by Inuit Communities

It was an RCMP policy to slaughter swathes of sled dogs used by Inuit communities. This practice led to famine and medicine shortages, as the use of sled dogs is vital for hunting and transportation.

“In a time frame of 20 years, the RCMP and the Quebec Provincial Police killed thousands of Inuit Sled dogs under a ruse of public safety and a loophole in a law designed for agriculture.

The stories are vast and severe. In testimony given to the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, affected hunters emotionally described how law enforcement dealt with their dogs in ways that had nothing to do with health and safety; or the endangerment of crops.

According to testimony, dogs were shot while they were harnessed and ready for a hunt; pregnant dogs—who were the last of their pack—were killed, shot by laughing policemen in front of their owners. The RCMP had children help them in the killings. Dozens of dogs were allegedly burned and piled into pyramids in front of communities to whom they once belonged.”

https://www.vice.com/…/the-rcmp-and-quebecs-provincial-poli…

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121 Ontario Schools May be Closed in the Next Two Years

121 Ontario Schools may be closed in the next two years with over 300 more in review.

Across Canada schools are being closed. Often we’re told that these closures are due to budget cuts (There’s still lots of money left for 150 celebrations though!), low-enrolment, or whatever new excuse the Canadian state comes up with to justify cutting our children’s education short. Whether it be in Peterborough, Sudbury, Saskatchewan and all across the prairies, or east Vancouver, the schools facing brutal austerity measures are most often the schools serving majority working class and indigenous communities.

This happens because the Canadian state serves the interests of the capitalist class, just as all Canadian policy bends to the whim of profit; for them the quality of life of workers, students, and their families don’t matter. These school closures mean overcrowded classes of 30 plus students and lack of assessable services; Which impacts disabled students, rural students who must drive hours every day to get to school, and those who aren’t primary-English speakers who need translators and scribes the hardest. We also see vast cuts to arts programs, extra-curricular activities, and staffing positions.

#Fuckthe150 #F150 #Resist150 #SaveOurSchools

For this reason among many others we say: Fuck the 150th!

https://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/education/2017/

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Hundreds Arrested in Raids on LGBTQ Establishments

On October 22, 1977, cops raided two downtown Montreal gay establishments, Truxx Bar and Le Mystique, arresting 146 people.

On February 5, 1981 Toronto cops raided 4 gay bathhouses during “Operation Soap”, arresting 286.

Harassment of LGBTQ establishments happened often and was a deliberate policy of the police and municipal authorities, with the last known raid happening on Sept. 14, 2000 in Toronto. Victims of these raids have spent years battling the legal system and have seen no compensation.

Despite attempts to create a community-friendly public image, cops continue to harass the LGBTQ people, especially people of color.

Just another reason to say: Fuck the 150th and No Cops in Pride!

https://thewalrus.ca/raiding-history/

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/the-toronto-bathhouse-raids

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/the-montreal-gay-community-gets-organized

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/bathhouse-raids-pussy-palace-1.3647636

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/aeryn-pfaff/pride-toronto-black-lives-matter_b_12231736.html

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/why-are-toronto-police-going-undercover-to-bust-men-having-sex-with-men

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Canada Crushed Red River Rebellion, Continues to Oppress Métis People

The Red River Rebellion was supposed to result in the creation of a Metis government which could enter into confederation while guaranteeing their cultural and land rights.

This rebellion was brutally crushed by the young Canadian government, including forces which would go on to form the RCMP.

The Metis were not satisfied with the outcome of this rebellion and the creation of the province of Manitoba. They were forced further west, only to be brutally put down once again in the North-West rebellion of 1885.

The Metis nation will not be a prop of settler-colonialism, fuck the 150th!

#Fuckthe150

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Canada Spent Over $8 Billion to Spy on Anti-Pipeline & Indigenous Activists

The Canadian state spent over $8 billion dollars on surveillance programs to spy on anti-pipeline protesters and indigenous activists, meanwhile, investing billions more into enviromentally disastrous oil pipeline projects at home and abroad.

Just another reason to say: Fuck the 150th!

#Fuckthe150th #Resist150 #F150 #Canada150

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RCMP Opened Fire Against Unarmed Ts’Peten Defenders in British Columbia

In 1995 The NDP government in British Columbia authorized a $5 million dollar paramilitary operation against the Ts’Peten defenders (the largest paramilitary operation in Canadian history).

The defence was over a piece of historic Secwepemc land utilized for an annual Sundance. After being harassed by the white ranchers for several weeks, and after several attempts to negotiate by Secwepemc elder William Ignace (Wolverine), The RCMP opened fire on unarmed defenders, utilizing landmines, Bison armoured personnel carriers, and other explosives to put down the 24 defenders of the Secwepemc Sundance camp.

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Black Community in Nova Scotia Forcibly Evicted by White Municipal Government

Africville was a traditionally Black community in Nova Scotia. In the early 1960s, as part of a program of so-called “urban renewal” and to clear land for industry, the residents of Africville were evicted and forcibly relocated.

The decision to end Africville was made by the largely white municipal government of Halifax. The residents to Africville had their houses and community meeting places demolished, their belongings transported in dump trucks, and many were given no compensation for seized land.

To add insult to injury, the promised aid and relocation programs were not followed through on, leaving many of the former residents destitute. The eviction of Africville is just one example of many of anti-Black racism throughout Canada’s sordid history.

Just another reason to say: Fuck the 150th!

#Fuckthe150th #F150 #Resist150 #Canada150

https://www.vice.com/…/africville-canadas-secret-racist-his…

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africville_Apology

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Unemployed Sent to Internment Camps During Great Depression

During the Great Depression of the early 1930s, the Canadian state rounded up single unemployed men and herded them into internment camps.

In these camps they were forced to do menial pointless labour and were paid barely enough to cover their own living expenses. When these men organized to try and better their conditions, during the On-to-Ottawa Trek, the government responded with fierce repression, killing some strikers and imprisoning their leaders.

Just another reason to say: Fuck the 150th!

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