U of A stands by Suzuki honorary degree as donors withdraw, Albertans protest

Backlash toward the University of Alberta is escalating, with donors pulling funding and rallies being planned, but the school’s president says he won’t compromise academic independence by reversing a decision to award David Suzuki an honorary degree.

Although some of the school’s own faculty staff have spoken out against the decision, U of A president David Turpin confirmed Tuesday the university will go forward in awarding the controversial environmentalist an honorary doctor of science degree this spring.

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