Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The Current
Political Engagement 101: Youth Activism
We started this segment a clip from professor Bob Huish, speaking to his students right before they marched through the streets of Halifax for their final project in his course called Development and Activism: Methods of Organization, Manifestation and Dissent.
The street protest is a culmination of the semester long class. Dalhousie students literally put into practice what they are taught; how to voice dissent. The protest revolves around the course's 2 Billion Project, which sets out to raise awareness about global food security and hunger. In the two years since it began, the course has become extremely popular. And if the recent Montreal protests are any indicator - many of Canada's young people want change.
Bob Huish is a professor of International Development at Dalhousie University. We reached him in San Francisco.
Political Engagement 101: Youth Activism - Panel
We started this segment with a clip from Brigette de Pape addressing an oil sands protest in front of Parliament last summer. The 22 year old is best known for her surprising protest in the Senate last year during the speech from the throne.
At the time she was a parliamentary page and she held up a sign that said Stop Harper. Brigette de Pape was promptly fired but she remains a political activist. She was in our Ottawa studio today. And Alexandre Meterissian is a young Conservative party member and the CEO of the Prince Arthur Herald, a student-run national newspaper. He was in our Montreal Studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien and Julia Pagel.
Other segments from today's show: