In Canada, students are and have been protesting against against austerity measures and higher tuition fees. In response to the spreading protests, the conservative Charest government passed a new “emergency” law: Bill 78.
Nearly 60% of Canadian students graduate with debt, on average at $27,000 for an undergraduate degree. Total student debt now stands at about $20 billion in Canada ($15 billion from Federal Government loans programs, and the rest from provincial and commercial bank loans).
A random collection of reports:
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Common Dreams:
“The single biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history.”
Marchers defy Bill 78; Neighborhoods fill with sound of banging pots and pans: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/05/23-5