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"…

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…

Read this but prepare to be offended

Nowhere and in no society was anyone ever guaranteed to be free from unfortunate insult or mild offence

Read this but prepare to be offendedNEW YORK May 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Warning: This week’s column is likely to offend . . .  someone. The disclaimer is necessary because it seems that no matter what is written, said, broadcast, uttered or sputtered these days, someone, somewhere takes offence. What’s more, said offended person, group, community, gender, religion or race…

Universities have become giant taxpayer-funded daycare centres

Students are coddled by a new legal 'right' not to feel 'offended' by challenges to radical feminism and other prevailing orthodoxies

Universities have become giant taxpayer-funded daycare centresCALGARY, Alta. April 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) is being sued for having once again displayed its intolerance for politically-incorrect opinions on campus. The Ryerson Men’s Issues Awareness Society (MIAS) has been denied registered club status by RSU. Unlike dozens of other campus clubs, MIAS cannot advertise, book rooms and information…