CFS Report: “Public Education for the Public Good”

Last year, the Canadian Federation of Students completed and issued a cross-Canada vision for education.

Students protesting against high tuition fees, a long-running campaign of the CFS

Entitled “Public Education for the Public Good,” it is a coherent summation of the current state of post-secondary education and how easy it would be, but for a lack of political will among the powerful, to establish free post-secondary education in Canada.

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Despite Hard Economic Times, Tuition Fees Rising Far Faster Than Inflation

Canadian Federation of Students

University and college tuition fees rose almost four-times greater than the rate of inflation this year. According to data released today by Statistics Canada, tuition fees in Canada increased by 5% between 2011 and 2012, compared to inflation of 1.3% during the same period.

“Governments are continuing to shift the cost of public education onto the backs of students and their families,” said Adam Awad, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. “By increasing tuition fees in a time of economic uncertainty, provincial governments are further reducing access to education and skills training.”

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Communists Condemn Austerity Budget in Ontario

People’s Voice

The Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) has condemned the Ontario Budget, delivered March 27, as a massive attack on working people and the poor that will destroy tens of thousands of jobs, drive down wages, pensions, incomes and living standards. Combined with the austerity measures in the federal budget, it could push the province into another deep economic recession.

Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) leader Elizabeth Rowley

The Executive of the CPC (Ontario) also warned that the threat of legislated wage controls is a dangerous attack on free collective bargaining and on civil and democratic rights.

“There’s not much air between the Liberals and Tories when it comes to bashing workers and the poor, and restricting their rights. They both unerringly deliver the goods to Big Business, the banks and financial sector, and transnational corporations like Vale, US Steel, Caterpillar, Rio Tinto ‑ the source of the crisis in Ontario” said CPC (Ontario) leader Elizabeth Rowley. “Everything that falls in the way of bigger and bigger corporate profits is under acute attack.” Continue reading

Announcing the Launching of the Red Hammer – A Forum for All Young Communists in Hamilton!

Greetings from the executive committee of YCL Hamilton!

We are an organization of revolutionary, democratic, socialist youth guided by Marxist-Leninist ideology in Hamilton, Ontario. Our goal is the overthrow of all oppressive forces in Canada and the creation of a new society based on equality, peace, social justice and the dignity of all human beings.

To this end, we strive always to build mass organizations and mobilize all youth to fight for the abolition of tuition fees, more funding for post-secondary education, employment prospects for all youth in Canada, and the democratic participation of all youth in Canada in the country’s social, political, and economic life.

We fight for the full emancipation of youth, students, women, the LGBTQ community, First Nations and indigenous communities, Francophones and the Quebecois nation, immigrants, religious minorities, visible minorities, migrant workers – in short, all oppressed people, from the yoke of capital and imperialism.

We strive to build solidarity between all those who share our goal of a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Canada founded on socialist principles and working always toward the goal of a stateless, classless society – a communist society!

We strive always to uphold the principle of internationalism and vigourously oppose all forms of discrimination, xenophobia, racism and imperialism. We believe in the right of all peoples to self-determination.

In the name of all the democratic and revolutionary youth of Hamilton, Canada, and all of the world, we invite you to join us in our unrelenting battle against capitalism and the forces of reaction. Get in touch with YCL Hamilton today and rise up!

YCL – give ’em hell!