Youth fighting back?
I have long looked at how lifestyle has been declining for youth and wondered at what point do they start to fight back.
I have been following the protesting and riots over raising tuition fees in Quebec. Indeed, when I was in Montreal the smoke bombs let off in the subway led to an interesting experience for me. The subway was delayed for the second time, it was about 8 pm and I still hadn't eaten dinner and decided to get off the subway and eat.
Well, I found the section of town where men like men and massive "GI Joe" posters of men in suggestive positions in their underwear. That wasn't the side of Montreal that I was expecting to visit and being and being there alone felt a little uncomfortable.
Anyway, I've been following the comments on the protesting for weeks now and there is little sympathy from baby boomers. Quebec does have the lowest tuition in Canada, and quite possibly between Canada and the US, which is the main reason for the lack of support. However, when I look at the cost and compare it to the cost when I was 19, it seems the cost is very comparable relative to the cost of everything else and wages from my youth. They want to double the tuition.
My first year of university back in 1980 cost $540 in tuition. My rents varied at the time from an absolute hole in the wall dump for $100/month for a bedroom to $290 for a one bedroom basement suite. So, consider tuition to be about 3 times the cost of a month's worth of shared accomodations. Food was costing me about $100/month, so say 6 months of food. In Quebec tuition is around $1600-1700, which looks pretty darn close to the same relative costs that the non-supportive generation had when they went to school.
They started raising tuition and we hardly fought back at all, and that same tuition today is about $5000, which is more like 10 months of share accomodations and close to a couple years of food.
I think young people deserve the opportunity for higher education that does not strangle them with debt for life, which is what baby boomer's parents and grandparents provided for them that they are totally stingy about returning.