Ottawa defamation lawsuit latest flashpoint in campus 'free speech' battles - 2019-03-27
An executive member of a free speech club at the University of Ottawa is suing a Carleton student for allegedly defamatory comments suggesting he is connected to the alt-right. The lawsuit is the latest flashpoint in an ongoing battle over "free speech" and increasing far-right activity on campus.
The plaintiff, Michele Di Franco, is part of UOttawa Students for Free Speech (uOSFS), which is part of a network of campus groups. The originating group in the network, Students for Free Speech (SFS), was started in October 2016 by supporters of controversial University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson.