Friday, April 27, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Tom Harrington.
Part One of The Current
It's Friday, April 27th.
Swiss scientists say they have created a robot that can move using brain waves.
Currently, impressive. But can it phone voters to tell them their polling station has moved?
This is The Current.
Young Quebec Student Strikes - High School Students
We started this segment with a clip of more chaos in Montreal as thousands of students fought with the city's police this week. The streets were paved with broken glass as the windows of businesses, cars and even a police station were shattered. Three people were taken to hospital, three police officers were injured and 85 people were arrested.
It was just the latest confrontation in a battle over the province's plan to raise tuition fees. University students have boycotted classes since February. Talks between students and the Government have broken down ... and the end of the school year is almost here. Which means students could lose their year.
But this fight doesn't just involve and affect university students. Students at some of Quebec's CEGEPs -- essentially junior colleges teaching the equivalent of grade 12 and first year university -- are also striking. Many are not just in danger of losing this academic year but their University acceptances for next year as well. Even some high schoolers have joined the fray.
The CBC's Ange-Aimee Woods went out yesterday to talk to striking high school students on the picket line at Ecole Joseph Francois Perrault in Montreal.
Young Quebec Student Strikes - Lawyer for CEGEP Student
We started this segment a message on the answering machine at the CEGEP Rosemont in Montreal. Like many CEGEPS, the students there are on strike and regular classes have been suspended.
But Justine Lavoie is back in class. She is a student at CEGEP Rosemont who won a court injunction ordering the CEGEP to resume teaching her classes. Mario Proulx is her lawyer and he was in Montreal.
Young Quebec Student Strikes - CEGEP Student Association
Cedric Devedeux is a member of the student association at CEGEP Rosemont. He supports the strike at his school and he was in Montreal.
The students there have been on unlimited general strike since March 5th. We gave give the last word on the subject to Patricia Hanigan, the Director General at CEGEP Rosemont.
This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott and Montreal producer Ange-Aimee Woods.
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