Cutting off your nose to spite your face (La Presse)

By Patrick Lagacé
Originally published on March 26, 2015
See original French text here: http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniques/patrick-lagace/201503/23/01-4854766-scier-la-branche-sur-laquelle-on-est-assis.php

Friday morning, at the Reproductive Centre of the McGill University Health Centre. Each chair is occupied by a woman who wants to become pregnant with the help of science. Élodie Mantha, 33 years old, from Gatineau, is one of them. If they are so numerous, it is because the assisted procreation program – public and free – exists.

Created in 2010, the program was meant to cost 48 million annually. It costs 70 million. This popularity is not a passing fad: from 1992 to 2012, infertility* doubled in Canada – from 8.5% to 16%, one couple in six – for a series of factors that are more or less known.

And the older women are, the more they are infertile and the more they need the helping hand of science to get pregnant.

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We will not let ourselves be ripped off (La Presse / ASSÉ)

The destruction of our public services and of the social state in Québec being orchestrated by the Liberal Party must stop.

By Camille Godbout, Spokesperson for ASSÉ
Originally published on March 20, 2015
See original French text here: http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/5705cc8e-704e-44da-812f-224f230be70a%7C_0.html

As of this Saturday [March 21], when there will be a popular protest in the streets of Montréal, we will be more than 37 000 students on strike. Over the course of the coming weeks, there will be more than 110 000 members of students associations, in the four corners of the province, who will be consulted on the topic of this strike.

Often, we are asked why we, the students, are mobilizing ourselves against austerity measures. For us, the answer seems clear: the government is trying, through its repeated compressions, to place the entirety of our public services in permanent crisis. The final objective of this government is that we turn more towards the private sector and establish a “user-payer” model in Québec. In rendering our services non-functional due to inadequate financing, the solution of Mr. Couillard and his minsters will be to raise individual fees.

We refuse this logic which reduces us simply to consumers who will need to pay for each use of our health, education, daycare and all other services necessary for the good functioning of a rich society.

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Students are calling for a “social strike” (Radio-Canada)

Originally published on March 13, 2015
See original French text here: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2015/03/13/001-associations-etudiants-greve-23-mars-asse.shtml

Strengthened by achieving their critical threshold 30,000 strikers, student associations, grouped mostly within the Association for Student Union Solidarity (ASSÉ), call for the whole of society to join their movement against fiscal austerity and exploitation of hydrocarbons.

Some 20 000 students representatives of the Université de Québec à Montréal, as well as representatives of the Université de Montréal and the Université Laval have invited the population – unions, community and women’s groups – to join the ranks of their demonstration on 21 March at Émilie-Gamelin Park.

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