PHOTOS: Fight the Fees protest

Ryerson students walk along Yonge Street in support of the Canadian Federation of Students’ ‘Fight the Fees’ campaign. (Courtesy Hongen Nar)

Ryerson students rallied Nov. 2 in support of the Canadian Federation of Students’ (CFS) National Day of Action to fight tuition fees. The morning began with a free breakfast on Gould Street provided by the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR), followed by performances and speakers with the theme of access and affordability of education. Supporters of the ‘Fight the Fees’ campaign marched along Yonge Street to Queen’s Park where they were joined by students from across Ontario to demonstrate to the provincial government the urgency of having affordable education. The CFS campaign aims to get free education in Ontario by eliminating tuition fees, converting student loans into non-repayable grants and removing interest from existing student debt.

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CFS-Ontario chairperson and Ryerson student, Rajean Hoilett, speaks to students at the rally saying, “Access to post-secondary education is a right, not a privilege to those who can afford it. But the fight does not end today.” (Megan Stephens)

 

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CESAR staff build up the crowd’s excitement at the march. (Courtesy Hongen Nar)

 

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Students stand outside the Student Learning Centre on Gould Street as they prepare to begin the march to Queen’s Park. They chanted, “We’re students, united, we’ll never be defeated.” (Megan Stephens)

 

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Ryerson students march together to tell the federal government that they must play a role in building a national vision for post-secondary education. (Courtesy Hongen Nar)

 

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Students walk along Yonge Street chanting with CFS and CESAR representatives. (Megan Stephens)

 

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Rajean Hoilett and Rabbia Ashraf, CESAR president, get the crowd going to fight for their rights and engage in the political process. (Courtesy Hongen Nar)

 

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A Ryerson student waves a flag that says ‘Fight the Fees’ while marching along Yonge Street. (Megan Stephens)

 

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A passionate student looks out at the traffic and chants, “Education is a right. We will not give up the fight.”(Megan Stephens)

 

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Students march to the University of Toronto. (Courtesy Hongen Nar)

 

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Ryerson students meet up with students from the University of Toronto and march on to Queen’s Park. (Courtesy Hongen Nar)

 

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CESAR staff members take to the stage in front of Queen’s Park to begin the speeches on fighting for free education. (Courtesy Hongen Nar)

 

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Students from Ryerson, the University of Toronto and some high school from across the GTA came together on the south lawn at Queen’s Park in support of the National Day of Action. Speeches were heard from members of the CFS, Black Lives Matter, CESAR and other groups. (Courtesy Hongen Nar)

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