Community Comes Together to Fight Proposed Education Cuts in Ontario

Windsor-Essex residents continue to fight the Ford government's proposed cuts to education.

On Wednesday a rally was held at the corner a Ouellette Ave. and Tecumseh Rd W.

The rally attracted a small crowd but members of the Windsor and District Labour Council were on hand along with a number of teacher unions and students.

Jada Malott is a grade nine student at St. Joseph's Catholic High School.

She says the proposed cuts have hit to close to home for her.

"My education is my life," says Malott.  "My education is my world that is going to be the basis of what I want to do in my future, I need my education and watching Doug Ford treat my education like it's a joke is embarrassing and it's threatening."      

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Local unions, teachers and students speak out against proposed education cuts in Ontario, May 1, 2019 (Photo by AM800's Rob Hindi)

Malott says she was shocked when she first heard about the cuts.

"I'm still going to be in school for another three years," says Malott.  "I'm going to see the effects of these changes and I was emotional.  My friends had no idea what was going on and for us to be treated this way, it's embarrassing.  It's terrible, it's disgusting.      

Malott says the group "Students Say No" will be taking part in a sit-in in Toronto and Ottawa later month.

She says they'll be taking up space in Queen's Park to fight cuts to education.