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Penguins protest: Calgary students set up display in fight against education cuts

Last Updated Feb 9, 2021 at 12:30 pm MDT

A penguin made of snow displays a concerning statement from a university student calling for a stop to post-secondary cuts. The penguins were built in front of the McDougall Centre in Calgary on Feb. 8, 2021. (PHOTO: Nick Blakeney, CityNews)

CALGARY – A snow penguin protest that generated buzz in Edmonton appeared in Alberta’s biggest city.

Representatives in Calgary for the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) said they built about 250 snow penguins outside the provincial government’s McDougall Centre to protest cuts to post-secondary education.

Late last month, students from the University of Alberta and MacEwan University used snow moulds to build about 800 penguins on the grounds of the legislature for the same cause.

Groundskeepers destroyed most of them the next day, as the government deemed them tripping hazards.

Marley Gillies, vice-president of the University of Calgary Students’ Union, said the group has been in contact with management at McDougall Centre and hopes the penguin display will last longer.

Gillies added students in Calgary want to bring attention to a 22.5 per cent rise in tuition over three years and to cuts to Alberta’s post-secondary institutions.