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Special Issue: The Link, The McGill Daily and Le Delit

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A Word: Un Mot:

On Nov. 10, The Link, The McGill Daily, and Le Délit will come together and take to the streets in solidarity with thousands of university students across Quebec to distribute a copy of the special insert you're holding.

It's not the first time our student papers have been compelled to put out a joint paper. Our last collaboration was in 1989, after the Montreal Massacre at the École Polytechnique, when students "came together to put their thoughts and feelings on paper."

This week, we're joining forces as Quebec students are facing yet another historic moment in the ongoing fight to keep education accessible.

The sheer number of us declaring strikes and taking the streets on Nov. 10 -- over 100,000 were anticipated at press time -- proves that youth today are not the self-interested, apathetic and non-participatory citizens policymakers hope we are.

Calling for accessibility to education recognizes the long-term public good. It's a fight for a fair funding model and for an investment in the future. Students have realized we cannot afford to be the scapegoat for a set of broken systems any longer and that real dialogue about alternatives at this point is mandatory.

Nov. 10 could very well be a tipping point in student action on tuition hikes. Sharing information and student collaboration at this moment is real and tangible power.

Our papers encourage everyone to get informed about the issues, understand your rights to strike and talk to each other. This is only the beginning of negotiating a better future for students.

In Solidarity on Nov. 10

The Link, The McGill Daily & Le Délit

The editorial does not have unanimous support among the members of Le Délit's editorial board.

Le 10 novembre 2011, The Link, The McGill Daily et Le Délit se réunissent dans un effort de solidarité pour rejoindre les milliers d'étudiants québécois qui manifesteront dans les rues. Lors de la manifestation, les trois journaux universitaires distribueront le cahier spécialement conçu pour l'occasion.

Ce n'est pas la première fois que les journaux étudiants produisent ensemble un numéro spécial. La dernière collaboration a eu lieu en réponse au massacre de 1989 de l'École Polytechnique, lorsque les étudiants se sont réunis pour coucher sur papier leurs émotions et leurs pensées.

Cette semaine, encore une fois, nous joignons nos forces alors que les étudiants du Québec vont écrire leur histoire dans le long combat qu'est la lutte pour l'accès à l'éducation.

Le nombre d'étudiants en grève et dans la rue en fait foi: la jeunesse d'aujourd'hui n'est pas la foule apathique, non-participative et manquant de solidarité que les politiciens espèrent.

Demander une meilleure accessibilité à l'éducation entre dans la ligne de pensée d'un investissement publique à long terme. C'est un combat pour un système de financement juste et pour un investissement dans le futur. Les étudiants ont compris qu'ils ne peuvent plus jouer les bouc-émissaires d'un système en déroute plus longtemps. Un vrai dialogue est requis.

Le 10 novembre pourrait être le coup d'envoi des actions contre la hausse des frais de scolarité et le partage d'information et la collaboration étudiante, qui à ce point, représente un pouvoir essentiel.

Nos journaux encouragent chacun de se tenir informé au sujet de ces enjeux: lisez, apprenez-en davantage sur vos droits et parlez en autour de vous. Cela n'est que le commencement dans les négociations étudiantes pour un meilleur avenir.

En toute solidarité en ce 10 novembre,

The Link, The McGill Daily & Le Délit

La position prise dans cet éditorial ne fait pas l'unanimité au sein du conseil de rédaction du Délit.

The Special Issue:

To strike of not to strike by Corey Pool explores and promotes a discussion around where this movement is going, what the students rights are and what can be expected in the following weeks before one chooses to make the decision to join the movement or not.

Know your rights: The international student perspective on prolonged strikes by Julia Jones give the honest perspective of being an international student in Quebec, paying amongst some of the highest tuition fees in the country.

Oui à l'excellence by Francis L.-Racine discusses Quebec school reputations and how they can keep these and still be accessible.

Misallocation of funds not in students' interests by Henry Gass discusses both the Quebec and Canadian governments student aid programs and where their interests fall.

Breaking down the budget: How the government plans to spend our 'fair share' by Hilary Sinclair breaks down all the numbers in the air to facts detailing what they actually mean.

Tuition Timeline: Student mobilization against Quebec's tuition hikes compiled by Erin Hudson adds a visual statement to all the facts and how this student movement came to this point.

Probing the Propaganda: The Link checks out the CSU's tuition claims by Julian Ward and Andrew Schartmann dissects the Concordia Student Union's pamphlet on tuition rates and government cut-backs.

Tuition, participation linked after all: Finance minister relies on incomplete figures for arguments by Erin Hudson tackles the Quebec government's tightrope walk between raising tuition fees and accessibility.

Tuition hikes shall not pass! by Philippe LaPointe argues education is not a luxury nor an investment and how accessibility and merchandising always seem to be in battle.

Les échos du passé by Anabel Cossette Civitella gives context to the movement in past, present and future.

Another way to pay: University price tag doesn't have to rise by Andrew Brennan talks about alternative ways to pay tuition.

The statement, photo and links were provided with permission from The Link, The McGill Daily, and Le Délit.

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