Canadian University’s Witch Hunt

A turning point in the debate on free speech:

 Lindsay Shepherd’s ordeal at Wilfrid Laurier University underlines why it’s important to safeguard the role of universities as places that provide the maximum possible opportunity to exchange ideas.

Wilfrid Laurier University may have inadvertently done a favour for anyone who values robust debate in the academic world.

By so badly bungling the case of Lindsay Shepherd, the teaching assistant who was hauled on the carpet for exposing her communications studies students to a discussion of the use of non-gendered pronouns, the university has opened the door to a badly needed debate on freedom of expression.

Shepherd’s ordeal underlines why it’s so important to safeguard the role of universities as places that provide the maximum possible opportunity to exchange ideas and as spaces for those who would challenge conventional wisdom.

None of that was evident in how Shepherd was treated. As has been extensively reported, she played a clip from a debate on the TVOntario program The Agenda featuring two University of Toronto professors debating the use of non-gendered pronouns. One of them, Jordan Peterson, objected to using them; the other, Nicholas Matte, supported it.

For that, Shepherd was disciplined by two professors and a university official for supposedly violating Wilfrid Laurier’s “Gendered and Sexual Violence” policy. She was told she had created a “toxic climate” for students and that exposing them to Peterson’s views was “transphobic.”

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