Meet One of UBC’s Protesters Against Tuition Increases

On December 2nd, UBC’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to raise tuition on international students–by 10% and by a subsequent 3% for the next four years. There is a pending proposal to also raise student housing costs.

This sets up a conflict between the university and the students. That’s because UBC’s student society—the AMS—has passed a motion to organize protests until the increase is struck down.

So on this bonus episode of The Terry Project on CiTR we speak with Alex Mierke-Zatwarnicki. She’s a journalist and activist at UBC. She writes forcefully about tuition and education on The Talon–a blog that she founded along with a group of UBC students. And she’s been one of the most outspoken voices against the proposed increases.

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