Blog

Apr 25
2018

Kudos to University of Alberta President for Strong Defence of Academic Integrity In Face of Fierce Onslaught


At a time when academic freedom and university integrity are under widespread attack, University of Alberta President David Turpin has courageously defended the university as an institution founded on the principles of freedom of inquiry, academic integrity, and independence.

His institution is under siege for deciding to offer an honorary degree to David Suzuki, the eminent Canadian geneticist, science broadcaster, environmental activist and human rights advocate.


By James L Turk / Posted Wednesday April 25, 2018

Academic Freedom

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Apr 19
2018

We Elect Trustees: We Can Vote Them Out Too


Barry Neufeld is a man with many opinions – but, not everyone thinks he should be permitted to express them. Mr. Neufeld is an elected trustee of the Chilliwack, BC school board. He believes that the school board's new sex education curriculum is bad for kids. He is particularly upset that it teaches about gender identity and transgender people.


By Danielle S. McLaughlin / Posted Thursday April 19, 2018

Teachers & Students Speech Rights

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Apr 10
2018

Campus Speech and the Inflation of Harm


There’s more interest in campus free expression than we have seen since the Great Student Revolts of 1968, or even further back in the last century, in the arguments of the 1930s and 1940s over fascism, social democracy, war and peace.


By William Bruneau / Posted Tuesday April 10, 2018

Academic Freedom, Censorship

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Mar 26
2018

Privacy Commissioner's Draft Report on a "Right to be de-indexed" is Cause for Concern


In its recent draft Position on Online Reputation, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has suggested the options of removing webpages from search engine results, or “de-indexing”, along with “source takedown.”  


By Andrea Gonsalves / Posted Monday March 26, 2018

Co-written by Justin Safayeni

Speech Restrictive Laws

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Mar 19
2018

Applying the Openness Principle to Administrative Tribunals 


The Toronto Star has brought an application before the Ontario Superior Court asking for a declaration that the open court principle should apply to administrative tribunals – that their proceedings and records be public in the same way that court proceedings and records are public.


By Abbas Kassam / Posted Monday March 19, 2018

Government & Corporate Transparency

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Feb 20
2018

Toronto Public Library Is Committed to Intellectual Freedom: A Response to “’No Platforming’ should have no place in a Public Library”


The No Platforming blog post calls on the Library Board to reconsider its revised room booking policy. The blog refers to TPL as “detouring from its mandate” and the revised policy as “a misguided endeavor”, suggesting TPL’s commitment to intellectual freedom has been undermined.


By Vickery Bowles / Posted Tuesday February 20, 2018

Censorship

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Feb 12
2018

Back to Anti-racist Basics after the Gerald Stanley “Verdict”


I was at work last week on a quite different blog for the Ryerson CFE when a jury of Gerald Stanley’s peers (or is it settler clones?), seven women and five men none of whom were “visibly Indigenous,” acquitted Stanley of the murder of Colten Boushie of the Red Pheasant First Nation in August of 2016.


By Len Findlay / Posted Monday February 12, 2018

Artistic Expression, Censorship

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Jan 29
2018

Facilitated Disinformation


Disinformation can be facilitated by government regulatory structures—leading to deception and betrayals of trust, regardless of the structures’ original purpose. Significant regulatory failures in health and environmental areas are discussed here. A subsequent post will discuss broader influences contributing to the failures and how to overcome such problems.


By Jon Thompson / Posted Monday January 29, 2018

Disinformation

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Jan 22
2018

Huffington Post and Canada Post Want to Protect Me. Thanks, But No Thanks


I think I am living in the proverbial “interesting times.”


By Danielle S. McLaughlin / Posted Monday January 22, 2018

Censorship

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Jan 11
2018

“No-Platforming” should have No Place in a Public Library


The Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board kicked-off 2018 by bringing in a new policy on community and event space rental.  While the new policy is meant to address discrimination and promote inclusion, it is infinitely more likely to quash debates on controversial topics, exclude minority voices and in doing so, distort the mission of the library to promote the free exchange of ideas. 


By Micheal Vonn / Posted Thursday January 11, 2018

Censorship

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