Jenn Smith’s campus cancellations put free speech at peril

All institutions of higher learning should make a robust free exchange of ideas a key part of their learning environment

Jenn Smith’s campus cancellations put free speech at perilLast month, the Association of Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS) of the University of British Columbia (UBC) wrote a letter to university president Santa Ono on behalf of its 5,000 members. The letter claimed UBC was serving as a platform for “bigoted, anti-transgender hate speech” by bisexual transgender anti-SOGI 123 activist Jenn Smith. The association…

No-go zones around abortion clinics are unconstitutional

Free societies don’t dictate the correct answers to difficult questions, nor protect people from discomfort over their choices

No-go zones around abortion clinics are unconstitutionalAlberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman recently claimed that banning peaceful anti-abortion protests near abortion clinics is not about freedom of expression. Yet she has also expressed confidence that her new law would withstand a constitutional challenge. By speaking of a constitutional challenge, it seems that she knows that this new law tramples on free expression…

Children are threatened when secrets are kept from parents

Alberta’s Bill 24 ignores the fact that predators thrive in an environment where secrets are kept from parents

Children are threatened when secrets are kept from parentsIt would seem like obvious common sense that secrets should not be kept from parents about what their children are doing. Especially when it comes to other adults talking to children about sex. Child abuse, sexual or otherwise, occurs most often when parents are absent and unaware. Countless Canadian criminal cases demonstrate that predators, abusers…

When cultural education crosses the line into religious practice

Students can benefit from learning about aboriginal religious beliefs without being coerced to participate in religious rituals and ceremonies

When cultural education crosses the line into religious practiceCALGARY, Alta. Dec. 5, 2016/ Troy Media/ – In September 2015, B.C. mother Candice Servatius was shocked to learn that her two elementary-aged children had participated in an aboriginal smudging ceremony. The school explained in a letter to parents that “everything has a spirit and energy” and “bad energy” must be “cleansed” from the furniture, classroom…

The hypocrisy of stifling free speech on university campuses

Across Canada, too many student unions and university administrations supress free speech by refusing to allow the free exchange of ideas

The hypocrisy of stifling free speech on university campusesBy Michael Kennedy and John Carpay Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms CALGARY, Alta. Nov. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ – “Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue,” goes the old saying. At Canadian public universities, hypocrisy threatens to destroy one of higher education's most cherished and long-standing virtues: the free exchange of ideas. Since 2011,…

Shutting down Trinity Christian School makes no sense

Unless the decision was actually a stealth attack by the Notley government on home schooling

Shutting down Trinity Christian School makes no senseCALGARY, Alta. Nov. 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – If a public school appeared to have mismanaged some money but was providing a good education for its students, would Alberta Education Minister David Eggen shut the school down? Without warning? In the middle of the semester? Not likely. Even if the school had only 300 students, or…

Putting a muzzle on the right to disagree

Censorship's pure arrogance says: ‘I'm so correct that I can decide on behalf of everyone which ideas may be expressed in public’

Putting a muzzle on the right to disagreeCALGARY, Alta. Oct. 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Did the Supreme Court of Canada get it wrong in striking down Vancouver’s ban on placing political ads on buses? Vancouver’s policy stated, in part: “No advertisement will be accepted which is likely, in the light of prevailing community standards, to cause offence to any person or group of…

Brandon University’s skewed definition of free speech

Students for Life can have its club status back when its members are ready to embrace the campus-approved views

Brandon University’s skewed definition of free speechCALGARY, Alta. Aug. 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Brandon University student Catherine Dubois does not allow herself to be bullied. Nor is this business administration student one to give up easily when adversity continues year after year. That is why Catherine and two other students, Kyle Coffey and Silas Lee, recently filed a [popup url="http://www.jccf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Filed-Notice-of-Application-July-25-2016-1.pdf" height="1000"…

There is no “right” not to feel offended

The so-called “right” not to feel offended by another’s speech is a toxic cancer that is slowly killing our freedom and our democracy

There is no “right” not to feel offendedCALGARY, Alta. Aug. 3, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It would be hard to find a plaintiff more sympathetic than Jeremy Gabriel. He was born deaf and suffers from Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare congenital disorder characterized by severe deformities of the head and face, such as absent cheekbones and malformed or absent ears. Since birth,…

Free speech is essential on our public university campuses

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled that students don't have the right of free speech on campus

Free speech is essential on our public university campusesCALGARY, Alta. June 3, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not protect university students’ right to free expression on campus, according to the B.C. Court of Appeal. It is a ruling that deserves to be challenged. The ruling was made in the case of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Cam Côté vs. the…
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