The State of Academic Inquiry in Canada

Fergus Hodgson, June 12, 2018 rss iTunes SoundCloud-logo


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.


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A free-speech mural at the University of Ottawa. (JCCF)

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.

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