A special open-wi issue of wi: journal of mobile media on the Quebec student strike, the ongoing remarkable demonstrations and the odious bill 78.


It has been a scant three weeks since we first sent out a call for articles in response to Québec’s Bill 78 and the student strike.
At that time, the sweet sounds of the clanging of pots and pans dominated the nightly streets of our cities and towns. They have subsided in the wake of the increasing presence of riot police at public events in Montreal and Québec City.

Rouge ta rue

Two weeks ago open-wi sent out an open call for photographs and animation of the Quebec student protests and manifestations casseroles. Within one week we received the over 500 photographs, videos and animated images that form the Rouge ta rue video.

The ciphered river of the streets

– being a very preliminary collection of notes and thoughts toward an abécédaire for young people, with particular reference to the conditions of life during the printemps érable

Battle for Soul of Society

As a university professor and former university student in Montreal, I am fascinated and, frankly, encouraged by the ongoing student protests that are rocking that city and Quebec.

As Montreal police chief Marc Parent stated, it is something “never before seen in Canada,” but we should not necessarily frame it in negative terms (despite the media fixation on the isolated violence of a minority of trouble-makers whose actions are inarguably pernicious). This is not an isolated battle in the streets of a great metropolitan city, but a battle for the soul of society and an attempt to wrestle priorities back to educating our youths so they can succeed as responsible citizens.

Interviews Regarding First Edition of Open-Wi

This first interview was with Taylor Tower for the CKUT show the Monday Morning After. We discussed the process of bringing together the special issue and other topics related to the student movement. Two apologies. I blanked on Andrea Zeffiro’s…