Ont legislature in session this weekend to try to end the colleges strike

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TORONTO — Ontario’s legislature is sitting this weekend as the governing Liberals push through a bill to end a strike by faculty at the province’s colleges.

It has been slow going for the government’s back-to-work bill, the opposition New Democrats opposed speedy passage of the legislation on both Thursday and Friday.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath says it would be irresponsible to push through legislation without proper scrutiny, though she has left no doubt that her party will oppose the bill in any case.

Deputy Premier Deb Matthews has accused the NDP of being cruel to students by not agreeing to swift passage of the back-to-work bill.

The legislature will sit both today and Sunday, and if the bill gets passed this weekend hundreds of thousands of students could be back in class by Tuesday.

The 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians went on strike Oct. 15.

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  1. Having the ability to strike and protest are one of our rights as Canadians, and should be respected and enforced. Granted, students are “out in the cold” in this strike happening, but to them I will say contact a lawyer in regards to your tuition, expences etc. There are 14 people already in a civil claim against the colleges, adding more to those numbers might be bennificial.

    Honestly I respect and support the strike actions that are being taken place, and would honestly like to see more of it in varying degrees. Protesting gas stations at busy intersections for their rediculous practices at social gouging is one that comes to mind. Protesting in front of puc for their practices, etc.

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