Wilfrid Laurier TA reprimanded for showing gender neutrality debate video

Wilfrid Laurier University reprimanded a teaching assistant for showing her first-year communications tutorial class a video debate featuring controversial University of Toronto (U of T) psychology professor Jordan Peterson. Lindsay Shepherd was sanctioned after she screened an episode of The Agenda, a TVO current affairs program, where Peterson—known for his stance on issues such as genderless pronouns—debated Nicholas Matte, a sexual diversity studies professor at the U of T, according to a CBC News article. She told CBC that she explained to her students it is important to listen to both sides of an issue before forming an opinion on it.  “I very clearly stated, watching debates like these are so important for getting yourself out of speech bubbles,” she told […]

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Letter: Limiting explicit content is about public conduct

RE: Library patrons can view what they want, Sept. 28-Oct. 4 A few weeks ago, an Ottawa mother raised concerns about her children witnessing a man watching pornography in the Greenboro branch of the Ottawa Public Library. After bringing the issue up with the library, she found out, to her surprise, that watching pornography in the public library is not prohibited at all. While some may argue that the OPL has the right to uphold the man’s right to freedom of information and speech, we need to recognize the benefits of putting limitations on these freedoms for the good of the collective, especially in public spaces. We live in an age of relativism in which many hold the belief that […]

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Letter: GSRC needs to encourage conversation, not censorship

There are many common reasons why prospective students choose Carleton University as their academic home for four to five years of their lives. For some, that reason could be the various varsity sports teams, academic program quality or the plethora of academic and non-academic resources that are offered to students of all backgrounds. This includes of course, the resources offered by the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC), specifically to students who identify as LGBTQ+ here on campus. According to the GSRC website, resources offered include peer mentorship, referrals, safe sex supplies, drop-in programs and plenty of social events. With that being said, recent actions have made me question whether the GSRC has forgotten its roots as it increasingly leans […]

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Library hosts Freedom to Read week events

Carleton’s MacOdrum Library has been hosting a number of events in honour of Freedom to Read Week, being held across Canada from Feb. 26 to March 4. According to Wayne Jones, Carleton’s librarian, Freedom to Read Week allows libraries to make a statement about the importance of freedom of expression and anti-censorship. “There are still books that are still being banned [and] challenged, in Canada and elsewhere, and what we do is we take a list of those books, we have people read from them publicly, and we have people demonstrate publicly that this is a right in a free society,” Jones said. “Having more information is better than having no information.” The MacOdrum Library has held events for Freedom […]

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Letter: Freedom of speech and learning go hand in hand

University is a time of exploration and trying new things. It is a time in one’s life where they are free to taste everything on the menu that university has to offer. John Ellison, the dean at the University of Chicago, took this exploration a step further by promoting the university’s firm commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression in their latest acceptance letter. In this letter he wrote, “members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship.” Ellison goes on to explain that he does not mean that harassment or threats are acceptable. He is simply encouraging disagreement when it arises and the discomfort that comes with it. In this situation, […]

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