A manufactured crisis: the Ford government's troubling free speech mandate - 2018-11-21
The Ontario government is requiring the province's public universities and colleges to develop new free speech policies or lose funding. Are these policies actually needed or is there a political agenda behind them?
A troubling proposal
These days, few issues are more fraught than free speech on campus. Student and faculty groups are questioning whether free speech is compatible with social justice. The alt-right has defined itself as the champion of free speech, led by luminaries such as Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, Ezra Levant, and Faith Goldy. Conservative politicians beginning with Donald Trump and now Ontario's Doug Ford have joined the fray by threatening funding for universities that fail to protect free speech. Add to this mix the use of the tumult and controversy by some, like University of Toronto's Jordan Peterson, as an opportunity for stardom and a lot of cash.