Day of Action cheat sheet

Wednesday is the official Day of Action in Halifax, with students from all the major universities planning a rally and march downtown

A banner hangs off the Student Union Building on the Dal campus. The DSU has officially endorsed the day of student advocacy. Photo: Jessica Flower

This Wednesday is the Day of Action, put on by the Canadian Federation of Students Nova Scotia, and students across Halifax are getting in on the, ahem, action.

The purpose of the Day of Action, according to the student group, is to press the government for lower tuition fees through higher government funding. Nova Scotia has the third highest tuition of all of the provinces, making the issue a popular one among Halifax students.

Here is all the information you need to get involved in the day’s events.

Halifax universities will be meeting individually at feeder rallies on their own campuses, and eventually meeting up at Victoria Park and then onto Province House.

The schedule of events is as follows:

11 a.m. - Rally at Mount Saint Vincent University starts in front of the Seton building

11:20 a.m. - Rally at King’s starts in the Quad

11:30 a.m. - Rally at Dalhousie starts in front of the Killam library; rally at NSCAD starts in the Granville Student Lounge; buses from MSVUSU start transporting students to Victoria Park

11:45 a.m. - Students at SMU meet in front of the McNally Building

12 p.m. - Students from SMU, NSCAD, King’s and Dal march to Victoria Park

12:30 a.m. - Students arrive at Victoria Park and speeches begin

1 p.m. - Students march to Province House (The route is along Spring Garden, turning left onto Barrington, and then right onto Prince, and then left on Granville.)

2 p.m. - Rally in front of Province House

2:30 p.m. - Wrap up

3 p.m. - After-party at Oasis Pub & Grill on Spring Garden

The CFS will be providing snacks and hot drinks at the feeder rallies. The group will also be providing signs and banners for students to hold as well as chant sheets, to ensure a cohesive message. There will be faculty and student speakers from Dal and King’s as well as a representative from the youth committee of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour.

The CFS is urging all students to dress warmly as Environment Canada is forecasting sub-zero temperatures for the rally.

While rallies are important venues to learn about student advocacy, Const. Pierre Bourdages, spokesman for Halifax Regional Police, said the key to a peaceful rally is to respect the laws.

“You’re allowed free speech and to demonstrate. There won’t be any interaction with police unless there is a legal violation,” Bourdages said.

One thing Bourdages said to keep in mind when marching downtown is respecting the traffic regulations.

“In Nova Scotia, there is no such thing as jaywalking in the Motor Vehicle Act. At intersections and crosswalks, pedestrians have priority, but anywhere else the vehicle has priority.”