Anti-psychiatry exhibit 'hurtful' and 'outrageous' but won't be taken down, U of O president says - 2020-01-31
The president of the University of Ottawa said a Scientology linked anti-psychiatry exhibit on campus that has been widely condemned and protested by students is "outrageous" and "hurtful to many members of the community," but ruled the school will not be removing the display.
While Jacques Frémont acknowledged mounting pressures from the community for the removal of the 14-panel display in the University Centre titled "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death," he cited concerns around drawing national attention to the exhibit's "propaganda" in his decision to let it stand until its scheduled conclusion on Friday.
"We disagree really strongly with the exhibit but, to be frank, if we had terminated the contract it would be front-page news nationally, it would be in all the newspapers, all the media, and then it means that their propaganda would have had a much larger audience," Frémont said in an interview on Thursday. "That weighed a lot on our decision to let the week go."