I like George Brown college. I lectured there about the Occupy movement a couple of months ago- the students were smart, inquisitive, and turned on to the issues of social activism. So, when I heard they were having their first Caserolle March, I ran out of the house to cover tonight’s event!
There were about 200 people who came for the march- it seemed that a bit over half of them were students. Most of the remainder were the ‘usual suspects’, and there was at least one very special guest!
Yep, the big kahuna of CUPE Ontario, Fred Hanh, showed-up for the march. And look at him with his Trotskyist friends! For those of you who can’t read French, that sign behind him calls for a North American socialist revolution. No wonder he looks shocked to have his picture taken! I really should have asked him about his thoughts on CUPE’s deep connections with the Black Bloc, or their racist Israel policy. Hopefully he’ll be around at the big march tomorrow…
And, of course, there were a few Black Bloc tumors- including our good friend Trey “Whiney” Winney- he’s still wearing his silly black hat, and didn’t miss the opportunity to shoot me a bird. What was interesting about some of them today was that a few had major changes in their appearances. Little things like beards being shaved off, and dreadlocks removed. Are these guys taking lessons from Luka Magnotta?
The evening began with a couple of speeches, including this very interesting one by a member of Toronto Canadian Federation of Students telling everyone they had donated $30,000 to the students in Montreal! On hearing this, one student beside me expressed his unhappiness saying “hey, I didn’t vote for that to happen!”
Then, there was another student leader who spoke. I’m guessing he was trying to look all French chic by smoking while doing his speech. Gee, how beatnik of him!
Well, this guy spilled the beans, and told us what is obvious to most people by now- this movement is not only about student fees, but it is about austerity, Quebec’s Bill 78, and a whole lot more! He didn’t mention that this is also about a socialist revolution. But, a some of the attendees made that loud & clear by bringing one of the International Socialist’s favourite Waffle-era banners!
Here lies the problem with the student fee’s movement. As the previous speaker said, it is not only about lowering student fees, but they are looking for a full-blown Marxist/Trotskyist revolution. I’m 100% behind the student’s request for lower/no fees. My cousins benefited from this in Europe, while I was left with 10’s of thousands of dollars of student debt.
I believe that most Canadians are also against letting the International Socialist stooges into power. So, by letting these people hijack their movement, the students are facing a real uphill battle. What’s wrong with these kids, and why don’t they have the strength to not let these people hijack their movement?
Once the speakers were finished pontificating for a socialist revolution, the march turned-onto Queen street on their way to Ryerson university. But, of course, they first acted like they were heading a different direction- making things difficult for the incredibly patient police who were trying to keep the demonstrators safe from oncoming traffic. I must say, this wasn’t at all fair to the hard-working and polite officers who were only trying to help.
The march continued on its way, and the crowd were generally well-behaved. There was a lot of yelling, chanting, and some singing. Here’s a video of some of the parade’s leaders revving-up the crowd:
The march finally found its way to Ryerson university for a pre-arranged rally. There was a large public address system setup, and a few Ryerson students joined-in. I also heard some negative rumblings from students standing on the periphery. It seems that not all students stand behind the idea of a socialist revolution. Quelle surprise!
There were a few impassioned speeches at Ryerson- talk about things like the unfairness of student fees, debt, and austerity. I’m sure that if there were Greeks in the crowd they would be rolling their eyes up into their sockets at this point. It is kind of disrespectful to call what is happening today in Canada ‘austerity’. People in Europe have it so much more worse than we do here.
At the end, the demonstrators left Ryerson and marched down Yonge street and caused some more traffic mayhem. I really don’t think this endeared them to Toronto’s 99%…
I’d like to give a special mention to a lovely woman who came up to me and thanked my for my writing tonight- I was truly honoured to hear your appreciation for my work. She told me that she doesn’t agree with everything I write, but still appreciates what I am doing. I must say, I truly respect that you can see past differences where our opinions may diverge, and not let that filter-out the things that you do like. This is commendable, I only wish everyone could be this open-minded- we’d have a much better world that way…
$30,000.00 of MY student dollars to the Canadian Federation of students so they can give it away to support criminal actions as shown my a CFS member and recently posted thusly ? These idiots need to get their heads out of their asses and wake to the reality that we as students are not interested in being unemployable as a result of criminality. if the CFS really cared about the high cost of tuition, they could have used that same $30K to offer students bursaries with that same money. Just goes to show again that the CFS is not at all about students rights to education, but rather, to kiss the asses of these ultra left groups who would rather be involved in anarchy .
Indeed! But the CFS appears to care more about creating a socialist revolution than taking care of students…
I am impressed with the sign about worker control of auto, steel and banks. There was no reason for the government equity portion of the capitalization of the auto industry in 2009 to be given up so fast. We need to look at the excellent policy in Germany for companies with over 500 employees, the boards of directors need to be made up of 50% workers. This may have been a national socialist legacy, but it provides for corporate interests that reflect the public interest.
In Latin America, the priorization of labour has resulted in a fairer income distribution and a more cohesive social atmosphere than we have with the neocon fiasco in North America.
Sure, I love what is happening in Germany. That said, I don’t want my world to be run by a socially violent obedience cult like the International Socialists!