News for October 8th, 2015

by Julia Bryant

High school students on Montreal's West Island walked out of class on Wednesday to support their teachers who are working to rule.

According to CTV, students from 13 schools participated in the walkout at 9am. 

The students say they're tired of being caught in the middle of negotiations between teachers and the provincial government.

Teachers who are working to rule are not offering any extracurricular activities for students, including coaching sports teams and supervising field trips.

The students say they support their teachers in the strike but don't want to miss out on extracurriculars as a result. 

by Emeline Vidal

A Statistics Canada report released on Wednesday indicates that more young Canadians are likely to vote in the upcoming election than in the previous years.

According to the Globe and Mail, in 2011, 17 per cent of adults aged 20-24 reported not voting due to lack of information or not following the news, while only 38 per cent of the eligible youth voted.

In 2013, 43 per cent of youth aged 15 to 19 declared they were very likely to vote. This might affect the election's turnout as the group's majority would now be eligible to participate in the October 19th election.

While college-aged adults show the most political engagement, Statistics Canada notes that teens are just as likely to be involved in demonstrations and marches.


By Saturn De Los Angeles

Syrian and Russian forces recently teamed up to take back land from rebel groups on the Syrian coast.

According to The New York Times, Russia launched 26 cruise missiles at Syrian targets from naval ships in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday.

Apparently the attack was the result of plans made over the last four to six months by an alliance of Syrian, Iranian, and Russian forces as well as the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says Russia's move to help Syria is a mistake.