The "Car Free Day" at John Abbott College blatantly disrespects the interests of the students. To start off with, this day disrespects those who pay 200$ to get a parking permit. In addition, by limiting parking spaces, there is a guarantee that not everyone will find a space to park and some may wind up late for their class which can compromise their academic standing. To add insult to injury, those involved in the day plan on charging a '"fee" as a penalty for parking at the school. This is blatant financial extortion by means of forced donation. This day needs to be canceled as it does nothing but disrespect and harm students.
This is why I am calling on The Student Union of John Abbott College and The Sustainability Committee of John Abbott College to cancel the event/day. We as students of the college deserve better than this. While wanting to raise awareness about human impacts on the climate and nature is a noble goal, trying to achieve such through force and intimidation is nothing short of tyranny.