Province-Wide Student Rally Seeks End to College Strike

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St. Lawrence College in Kingston

Students are organizing a rally to take place at all Ontario Colleges on the same days, at the same times each day with the purpose of getting student voices heard during the ongoing college strike.

In a release announcing the rally, organizers made clear the event is impartial – not in support of OPSEU or CEC, but “in support of the student and (their) right to get back to classes” and is for all college students and those who support them.

The post-secondary students issues that were listed include:

  • Compensation for lost time.
  • Students want the opportunity to discuss how the semester will be handled going forward. Students are split on how they want to see the semester saved. They want the option to choose (depending on college/campus, year, program, etc.) to either (a) restart this semester in January (or if that is not possible, continue with next semester as planned and redo this semester in September).
    b) condense and complete this semester, free of all charges. We want the money that was invested in tuition for this semester towards next semester, or reimburse students that are leaving or graduating.

The Ontario-wide rally takes place on November 14, 15 and 16 between 9am and noon. Locations include Kingston’s St Lawrence College as well as St Lawrence College in Brockville and Cornwall.

Additional rally sites are Algonquin College, Collége Boréal, Cambrian College, Canadore College, Centennial College, Conestoga College,  Confederation College, Durham College, Fanshawe College, Fleming College, George Brown College, Georgian College, Humber College, Collége D’Arts Appliqués et des Technologie, Lambton College, Loyalist College, Mohawk College, Niagara College Canada, Northern College, Sault College, St. Clair College, Seneca College, and Sheridan College.

Photo (cropped/edited): Wikimedia Commons / Gordonrox24 (cc)