Student Commission, YCL-LJC
The YCL-LJC actively supports plans for an Ontario Day of Action for free education on February 1st 2018, which will be further discussed at the upcoming CFS Ontario meeting, August 17th to 20th. This Day of Action will offer the student movement an opportunity to build from the Pan-Canadian Day of Action in November 2016. It comes at a critical moment for the student movement in Ontario and across Canada.
The Wynne Liberal government has recently introduced their deceptive “free education grant” for low income students, and the student movement must debunk myths about this grant. In fact, the grant does not provide free and universal education, an important student demand. It doesn’t even provide free education for students from families that make less than $50,000, when textbook prices, ancillary fees, and higher tuition fee costs for professional school programs are factored in. The Ontario Government is instead condemning students into further debt! Instead of increasing public funding for this grant, money is being rearranged from existing grants while our tuition fees keep rising. The grant can also automatically be changed to a loan if students do not meet all the criteria required for the grant, including if courses are dropped. However, the announcement for Wynne’s “Free education grant” has increased discussion about free education in Ontario, and student activists need to use this to further the demand for education to be a right.
Student Commission, YCL-LJC
Each year, often in April, Board of Governors (BoG) vote to increase tuition fees in post-secondary institutions across Canada. Corporate controlled BoGs do this despite opposition from students and workers, and the YCL-LJC stands in solidarity with students and workers organizing to stop tuition fee increases.
BoGs are highly undemocratic: they include a minority of students and workers on campuses across Canada, with a majority of their members often representing big business, including banks that profit from student loans! They use the excuse that they have to increase fees because of a lack of provincial and federal government funding for post-secondary education. However, students rightly push back by saying that freezing tuition fees at local colleges and universities will put pressure on federal and provincial governments to provide more public funding for post-secondary education, which is very much needed
Central Executive Committee, YCL-LJC
November 17th marks International Students’ Day and it is commemorated around the world by honoring the militant history of the student movement and reinforcing our struggle in the present.
November the 17th has been designated International Students’ Day since the 1939 execution of 9 Czech students at the University of Prague, and the sending of 1200 anti-fascist students to concentration camps by the Nazi occupiers of Czechoslovakia.
International Students’ Day also coincides with the 1973 Athens Polytechnic student uprising, which saw students heroically stand against the military junta in Greece. This history is now commemorated at all schools in that country.
Central Committee, YCL-LJC
This June, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) - National General Assembly voted in favour of a Day of Action on November 2nd, the first day of action since 2012. The Young Communist League - Ligue de Jeunesse Communiste (YCL-LJC) supports the call for a Pan-Canadian Day of Action on November 2nd and calls upon student militants, with the support of labour, to build momentum towards this date, and beyond, for free education and a Federal Post-Secondary Education Act.
Young Communist League - Vancouver
It has been two years since the BC teachers went on strike because the government continued to freeze their wages, while also threatening the BCTF’s collective bargaining rights and making large cuts to public education. Currently, the Vancouver School Board is facing a $25-27 million budget deficit, the worst in over two decades. This yet again results in massive cuts to the public education system in Vancouver because the BC government continues to underfund our schools. The Young Communist League-Vancouver strongly denounces the cuts to public services and the 21 proposed school closures, primarily in East Vancouver--a working class area where there is a large population of racialized peoples, including Indigenous peoples and immigrants. The Young Communist League opposes the elimination of up to 200 positions in the Vancouver School Board. We take a stance against the pro-austerity government’s continuous attack on organized labour and working class people.
Join the 25th Che Brigade!
Since 1993, the Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade has offered hundreds of Canadians the opportunity to join an exciting and informative 2-week tour of Cuba. Volunteers are afforded a first-hand view of the gains and victories of the Cuban Revolution through both a tour of significant historical and political locales of Cuba and by working alongside ordinary Cubans. The next Brigade leaves in Spring 2017.