Topic: Free speech & expression rights

Free speech and the battle for the university

By Shannon Dea

At the University of Waterloo, a controversial talk had the faculty association looking for creative ways to respond. How did the faculty […]

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Understanding the right to freedom of expression and its place on campus

By Richard Moon

As free speech on campus flares up in the media, it is important to understand the nuances of the debate. How do […]

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Freedom with limits? The role faculty associations play protecting the speech rights of their members

By Linda Rose-Krasnor and Michelle Webber

Faculty associations represent a diverse and engaged membership. The campus speech debate presents new challenges, but faculty associations already have tools to […]

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A manufactured crisis: the Ford government’s troubling free speech mandate

By James L. Turk

The Ontario government is requiring the province’s public universities and colleges to develop new free speech policies or lose funding. Are these […]

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The alt-right and the weaponization of free speech on campus

By Jasmin Zine

The free speech debate is being used to normalize hate and bigotry on our campuses. It’s important to understand the threat that […]

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Four fundamental principles for upholding freedom of speech on campus

It goes without saying – or at least it ought to – that freedom of speech should be a core value of universities. As a scholar of freedom of speech and a university academic, it has been gratifying to see so many Vice Chancellors (and a former Chief Justice of the High Court) take it so seriously.

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Protecting free speech on campus: A solution in search of a problem

This summer, mere days before the beginning of the semester at most universities in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford announced a new policy requiring “every publicly assisted college and university to develop and publicly post its own free speech policy by January 1, 2019, that meets a minimum standard specified by the government.”

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Mentorship Matters: The Case for Graduate Professional Development

By Reinhart Reithmeier & Christopher Kelleher

Today, the majority of PhD graduates will not become university professors. Two reasons for this are glaringly simple: professors are not retiring […]

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Harper’s attack on science: No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy

By Carol Linnitt

Science—and the culture of evidence and inquiry it supports—has a long relationship with democracy. Widely available facts have long served as a […]

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Policing Professors

By Rebecca Coulter

The nature of the current push to police the lives of professors and students provides a salutary lesson about unintended consequences.

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