Students take the campaign to Drop Fees online



    Cyber-campaigning builds support for real-life rallies on Nov. 5

    TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - Students are using e-activism to build their
province-wide Day of Action to Drop Fees. The campaign is being unrolled on
several platforms, including through Facebook, YouTube and an interactive
website, www.DropFees.ca. The campaign efforts are all part of the lead-up to
the November 5 Student Day of Action to Drop Fees.
    "Students are interacting with each other in new ways so it makes sense
that student activism is also taking over cyberspace," said Shelley Melanson,
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario. "With
overwhelming support for lower tuition fees, our campaign is being designed by
and for students to interact in all the ways that students interact with each
other," she said.
    A new "Drop Fees" Facebook application was launched today to allow
students to invite their friends to join the campaign and show their support.
The application, found at www.DropFees.ca/facebook, allows students to share
their reasons for being involved in the campaign to Drop Fees and to customise
their profile picture. Together, with the interactive Drop Fees website,
students can plug into the campaign in more ways than ever before.
    Students at the University of Ottawa are making their own videos about
the Day of Action, and using YouTube and Facebook to share the videos with
other student activists. They feature a song that tells students to watch
their money, with images of students rallying at the last Day of Action on
February 7, 2007. By searching "Drop Fees-Nov 5," students can watch, share
and use the video to promote the Day of Action.
    "In only a month and a half of face-to-face canvassing, students
collected over 50,000 petition signatures calling for lower fees," said Hildah
Otieno, Ontario Representative on the National Executive of the Canadian
Federation of Students - Ontario. "Being able to plug into the campaign online
as well as on campus is helping to spread the word and give students new and
creative outlets for sharing their frustrations about McGuinty's tuition fee
increases."
    The application launch is one of many tactics, some virtual and some
old-fashioned, to help mobilise students from across Ontario to demand lower
tuition fees from the provincial government. On November 5 province-wide
Student Day of Action, students in cities across Ontario will demonstrate
their support for the government to drop fees.

    The Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students at 35 students' unions across the province.





For further information:

For further information: Shelley Melanson, Chairperson, (416) 925-3825
or (416) 882-9927 (cell); Hildah Otieno, Ontario Representative, (416)
702-2967 (cell)


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