Ottawa defamation lawsuit latest flashpoint in campus 'free speech' battles - 2019-03-27

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F0.png Ottawa defamation lawsuit latest flashpoint in campus 'free speech' battles March 27, 2019, Kevin Metcalf, Ricochet

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.

Michael Bueckert, the defendant in the lawsuit, is a PhD student in sociology and political economy at Carleton University.

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