Getting snowed under in a political Potter’s field

The fault isn’t with Quebec society. It’s with a political world that utterly rejects that it must bear responsibility when hundreds are stranded in a storm

Getting snowed under in a political Potter’s fieldOTTAWA, Ont. Mar. 29, 2017 /Troy Media/ – There are times when timing alone tells you everything you need to know about what’s truly wrong. An example arose last week when the head of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada abruptly resigned because of a highly critical article he’d published about Quebec and Quebecers. Social…

Why French Canadians have a right to be offended

The Andrew Potter incident should be viewed from the perspective of an ongoing pattern of anglophones marginalizing francophones

Why French Canadians have a right to be offendedANTIGONISH, N.S. Mar. 28, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Much has been made about the resignation of Andrew Potter as director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. His departure stems from a column Potter wrote in Maclean’s magazine in which he used a snow removal incident in Quebec to portray Quebecers as pathetically alienated and the province’s…

Andrew Potter, Maclean’s and the loss of academic freedom

His departure from McGill was a disgrace to one of Canada’s oldest institutions of higher learning

Andrew Potter, Maclean’s and the loss of academic freedomTORONTO, Ont. Mar. 28, 2017 /Troy Media/ – There was a time when Canadian universities defended academic freedom with passion, authority and gravitas. Those days are over: hurt feelings and crocodile tears now trump free speech on our university campuses. Here’s a pertinent example. Andrew Potter resigned last week as director of the Institute for the…

Ottawa set to muzzle access to scientific data on vaping

Shades of Stephen Harper: Bill S-5 prohibits sharing scientific information comparing the health effects of smoking cigarettes with vaping

Ottawa set to muzzle access to scientific data on vapingCALGARY, Alta. Mar. 1, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Remember when former prime minister Stephen Harper was accused of muzzling scientists? Apparently little has changed under the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau. The CBC reported in the spring of 2015 that Harper's government had brought in “strict procedures around how its scientists are allowed to speak about their research to the…

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,…

A courageous stand against made-up gender pronouns

Individuals and groups cannot simply force a change in speech, language or perception that hasn’t been recognized by the vast majority of society

TORONTO, Ont. Nov. 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ – There have been occasions when seemingly innocuous YouTube videos go viral. The most recent (and unusual) example has been a Canadian academic’s esoteric discussion of a violation of his right to free speech on campus. Yet, there are many logical reasons why Jordan Peterson’s 57 minute, 42…

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…

Free speech is under attack, but Jordan Peterson stands firm

We must be free to think and speak in Canada. If University of Toronto's Jordan Peterson can’t do it with tenure, then who can?

Free speech is under attack, but Jordan Peterson stands firmHAMILTON, Ont. Oct. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Freedom of speech and thought are in peril in Canada. The attacks on Jordan Peterson help demonstrate that. Peterson, a psychology professor at University of Toronto, launched himself into the public eye recently by expressing concerns about the growth of state authority and diminishing freedom related to transgender activism. Make no…

The rising tide of censorship on university campuses

If we cannot listen to one another, there is no point in speaking

The rising tide of censorship on university campusesTORONTO, Ont. Oct. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ – What’s the best way to handle an idiot? One way is to tell the idiot to shut up. The best way is to let the idiot speak. By speaking, the idiot reveals his idiocy – to the audience and to himself. With newfound self-awareness, the idiot may, we hope,…

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"…