Editorial: Universities should not censor educational films

Recently, Ottawa’s Saint Paul University came under fire for cancelling a screening of Vessel, a pro-abortion documentary film, set to be shown at a film festival aimed at sparking discussion about birth. This incident comes in the midst of a freshly roused debate about free speech in universities from the Lindsay Shepherd case at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Saint Paul is a Roman Catholic university, and the Roman Catholic Church is widely known for its pro-life stance on abortion. But, while the university may have been called to cancel the screening to follow the stance of the Church, cancelling a film with an opposing viewpoint undermines its status as a university. Religious or otherwise, universities are meant to be a place […]

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King’s separates from Roman Catholic Church

King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario and the Roman Catholic Diocese of London, Ontario officially broke off their 59-year relationship on Dec. 31, granting King’s University College independence from the church. “While our governing bodies, the Board and College Council, have directed all operations at the College since the early ’70s, they are now ultimately and legally responsible for all decisions and the future direction of King’s,” David Sylvester, the principal of King’s, said via email. The Roman Catholic Church divides Ontario into districts, one being the Diocese of London, Ont., the governing body of the London community. Mark Adkinson, director of communications and development for the Diocese of London, said the decision to grant King’s full […]

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