Hundreds protest merger of Canada’s only women’s university

Hundreds of Brescia University College students and staff members took to the streets on Wednesday 27 September to protest the controversial decision to shut down operations and merge Canada’s oldest and only women’s university with Western University, writes Isha Bhargava for CBC News.

The ‘Save Brescia’ rally was organised by a group of first-year students and garnered lots of support from faculty members, professors and alumni, who attended the protest on the corner of Western Road and Brescia Drive in London, Ontario.

“There’s something about the community that’s extremely valuable to us, and we’re really heartbroken that it’s being threatened,” said Monika Lee, who has been a humanities professor at Brescia for almost 30 years. Many from the university's community said they were blindsided when the presidents of Brescia and Western recently announced that they would end the school’s 104-year legacy to focus on prep courses for international and domestic students.
Full report on the CBC site