BPC Bulletin: Authors Protest Upcoming Speaking Event at Toronto Public Library
The Toronto Public Library has allowed Meghan Murphy, a controversial feminist, to book space for a public speaking event on October 29, 2019. However, a group of authors has launched a petition to protest the event. They accuse the library of providing a forum for “hate speech” and urge the library to cancel the event. They threaten to demonstrate outside the library if Ms. Murphy speaks and to boycott the library as well. The Toronto Public Library has refused to cancel the event.
Read the petition of Alicia Elliott, Catherine Hernandez and Carrianne Leung:
Read the Toronto Public Library’s statement:
Paola Loriggio of the Canadian Press reports:
Katherine DeClerq of CTV News reports:
Julia Knope of CBC News reports:
In NOW, Samantha Edwards reports:
In The Post Millennial, Libby Emmons and Barrett Wilson comment:
At Ryerson University, James L. Turk comments:
Jill Andrew, an NDP member of Ontario’s legislature, comments:
At the University of Alberta, Alvin M. Schrader comments:
In The Post Millennial, Jakob Glogauer writes about the revision of the Vancouver Public Library’s booking policy. Last January, the VPL also hosted an event that featured Meghan Murphy:
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