Post-election talk with Benjamin Gingras from ASSE

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ASSE’s April 3rd demonstration

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On Tuesday, April 8th, Off the Hour was joined live by Benjamin Gingras, co-spokesperson from the Association pour une solidarite syndicale etudiante, or ASSE. ASSE played an important role in organizing against the proposed tuition hikes in 2012, an issue that sparked a widespread social movement that went beyond the issue of tuition hikes and brought hundreds of thousands of protesters into the street.

Benjamin Gingras from talks about the elections. After the Liberals sweeped into a majority government on April 7th, we asked Gingras what’s changed, but most of all, what hasn’t – and what’s coming next for ASSE and grassroots action in the wake of the elections.

Provincial elections neglect rental board issues

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CKUT brings you an interview with Claire Abraham from Project Genesis. Claire speeks about another ignored issue in the provincial elections which is the waiting delays at the rental board. Fred Burrill, from the housing rights group POPIR comite logement said: „we have talked about our worries and demands with Luc Harvey, president of the rental board, but the only response we got is that the rental board is doing all they can to shorten the waitiung delays.“ Project Genesis and POPIR comite logement are requesting that all cases be heard within three months.

Alana Boileau of the Quebec Native Women’s Association

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Over the course of Quebec’s provincial campaign, with its myopic focus on identity politics and a possible referendum on independence, many important issues have fallen through the cracks. CKUT’s Andre Goulet spoke  with Alana Boileau, Justice and Public Safety Coordinator for the Quebec Native Women’s Association, about what issues she feels have been neglected in this election cycle.

WeAreQuebec.org: supporting the targets of Bill 60

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WeAreQuebec.org is a new online meme gaining momentum in the lead up to today’s provincial election. It’s a place of support for those targeted by the Charter of Values, where you can post a photo of yourself in a kippa, hijab or turban in solidarity with Quebec’s minority communities. It’s fun, but with a serious message. Off the Hour’s Andre Goulet spoke with Joey Tanny of WeAreQuebec.org about the website’s motivations and the role of social media in organizing against the Charter of Values.

Quebec provincial elections: voter suppression and intimidation

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On April 7, Quebecers will go to the polls to vote in a provincial election. Several key controversial issues remain in the air as we approach election day. We begin our show tonight looking at the issue of voter repression in Montreal’s downtown riding, Ville St-Marie. The news collective’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Kira Page of QPIRG-McGill and Cassie Smith of QPIRG-Concordia to bring us this story.

Provincial elections – Interview with Kat Gray

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As the provincial election enters its 3rd week, have issues like poverty and homelessness been adequately addressed in the campaign?  Off the Hour’s Andre Goulet spoke with Kat Gray, executive director of Benedict Lebray House, a poverty outreach organization in Griffintown, to find out.