Small rally but big message for students and faculty

by | Oct 24, 2017 | City News, Faculty Strike, Headlines

Brett McGarry
Arts Editor

Chanting demands for resolution, the half dozen group of mismatched students and supporters carried signs from Bloor and Bay down to the Ontario Ministry of Education building.

A student protest marching through the streets followed by more police officers and journalists than protesters themselves.

Some carried signs asking for a strike, some for an oddly mismatched disdain for the current Liberal government and Mayor Tory.

But regardless of the odd underpinning of anti-Trudeau and Wynne messages, and an oddly inflated media presence, one thing was clear: They were not upset at teachers, but the system that put them at odds with their education.

“I’m tired of being exploited and something needs to be done,” said rally leader James Fauvele.

“That being said, we’re out here to address the faculty’s point of view. People need to know that they’re humans as well.”

Humber paralegal student Paula Monahan highlighted the strikers understanding of the correlation between the conditions of the striking teachers and students.

“Our professors wait every single term before they know if they’re getting work, that is ludicrous. There’s no security, no benefits and they’re facing that in this economy. Why on Earth would we not support them?”

Nour Daoud, leading their chant at the ministry, showed particular frustration towards what international students are facing.

“International students have come to this country to study and now are sitting out of the classroom. This costs a lot for them, it takes a lot for them to be here,” Daoud said.

It has been a week since the strike came into effect causing 12,000 faculty members to picket and hold rallies on college campuses across the province, leaving roughly 500,000 students out of the classroom.