Free speech on campus: an in-depth look

The topic of free speech on university campuses continues to provoke debate and criticism in the wake of recent on-campus incidents.  One incident saw Carleton University President Roseann Runte coming under scrutiny in January, after an email titled “A Reflection for 2017” was sent out to students to promote the principle of free speech. The email was sent following various protests on campus in the fall semester. The email appeared to call campus protesters “noisy persons” who “fail to recognize [that] by preventing their duly-elected representatives to carry out their mandate, they themselves are contravening the basic principle of a civil society.” Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach, and programming coordinator for Carleton’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), said the term […]

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Justice centre raises CUSA’s grade

Carleton has been ranked lowest of 45 Canadian universities for support of freedom of expression by the Campus Freedom Index (CFI) produced by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF). The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) received relatively high grades this year, a shift from the last two years when the association received the lowest grades possible from the JCCF. The JCCF is a registered Canadian charity. The foundation is non-partisan and independent, according to the preamble of their CFI reports. Since their Canada Revenue Agency registration, the foundation has claimed no government contributions and no spending on political activities, excepting $500 in 2012, the last year for which filings are currently available. The agency allows political spending for charities if […]

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