The State of Academic Inquiry in Canada
Accounts of censorship at universities have made major headlines in Canada and the United States, but is the outrage warranted?
Michael Kennedy, co-author of the Campus Freedom Index, an annual measure of the state of free speech at Canadian public universities, argues there is indeed a pattern of censorship.
He asserts almost half of these universities go beyond their legal authority to censor speech, student groups, and controversial speakers.
Nevertheless, he believes the public and many stakeholders are starting to fight back and hold university officials accountable—a symbol of broader respect for public debate in Canada.
- Follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
- Check out the latest edition of the Campus Freedom Index.
- Read more about Lindsay Shepherd’s case at Wilfrid Laurier University.
- Why Bishop’s looks forward to welcoming Marie Henein, op-ed by Michael Goldbloom, principal of Bishop’s University.