Part One of The Current
It's Tuesday April 10th.
More than 5500 items salvaged from the wreck of the Titanic will be auctioned off in New York this week.
Currently, one of the stranger items uncovered at the bottom of the sea are the political ambitions of Defence Minister Peter McKay.
This is The Current.
Quebec student protests against tuition hikes
For two months, students in Quebec have preferred to hit the streets rather than their books in a protest against proposed tuition fee hikes. The province wants to raise fees by about $325 a year for the next five years. Yearly tuition in Quebec averages about $2,500 - the lowest in Canada and a little more than a third of what the average student in Ontario pays where tuition is highest.
As many as 185,000 University and CEGEP students are part of the strike - boycotting university and college classes and staging weekly protests. But some Quebec students think the strikes have gone on long enough. In fact today is seen as a critical point in the protests - the last day when some are being told their course completion can't be guaranteed.
Brendan Steven is in his third year of political science and Canadian studies at McGill University. He's co-founder of a group called Moderate Political Action Committee and he's been busy organizing students *against* the strikes. Brendan Steven was in our Montreal studio. And Kay Rollans is a third-year philosophy and German student at the University of Alberta and she was in Edmonton.
This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins, Ellen Saenger and Josh Bloch.
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