2015 progress in Canada on freedom to think at universities – more examples

In the National Post, John Carpay and Michael Kennedy cite,

Some universities are standing up against this trend to silence discourse in the name of preventing discomfort. In September 2014, Memorial University defended free expression against pressure from some students and faculty to condemn a lecture series on post-abortion mental health services, sponsored by the Counselling Centre and the Campus Chaplaincy. In February 2015, the University of Toronto defended free expression in relation to a lecture titled “WWI 100th Anniversary: Human Suffering in Eastern Anatolia.” Amidst protest and demands to shut the event down, the university ensured there was an adequate security presence. More.

Reality check: We should applaud every victory, but recognize the big issue that is not going away: This crackdown on freedom of thought at universities did not come from nowhere. It is likely due to a fundamental change in their perceived role.

University arts programs no longer train tomorrow’s thinkers but tomorrow’s asshat bureaucrats for progressive governments, who don’t need that many thinkers anyway. And the increasingly dependent public does not care much for thinking. For now, the best one can do is a holding action, making small advances where possible.

See also: Canadian U campuses show marginal intellectual freedom improvement