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The wave of occupations and demonstrations rocking Nova Scotia is a sign of things to come in the fight against privatization of Canada’s education system.

“The parents barricaded inside their community school and Tory leader John Hamm’s office are one wave in a rising tide of anger across this country,” said National President Judy Darcy.

The school being occupied in Judique is slated for closure as part of the province-wide education restructuring that will see more than 30 schools built and owned by private corporations and leased to the province.

“What’s happening in Cape Breton is happening across the province as our schools are being converted from centres of learning to centres of profit,” said Judy Patterson, chair of CUPE’s Nova Scotia School Board Employees Committee.

The parents occupying the Judique school have been using CUPE’s Annual Report on Privatization and Power Tool on leaseback schools to bolster their arguments against P3 schools.

Locals wishing to send letters of support to the occupying parents can fax them at (902) 787-2484.