Ontario: Higher Education Quality and Free Speech

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)was created by the Dalton McGuinty-led Liberal government of 2005. This was achieved through an eponymously named act. The object of the corporation, as presented in the legislation is The object of the Council is to assist the Minister in improving all aspects of the post-secondary education sector, … Continue reading Ontario: Higher Education Quality and Free Speech

Bill C-16 One Year Later: A Panel Discussion Video

On Jul 18, 2018, the Rights and Freedoms Institute hosted a panel discussion on the Bill C-16 controversy titled Bill C:16 and Compelled Speech: One year Later.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=2PPXwcYtHn0   The panelists were: Dr. Debra Soh: Neuroscientist and columnist Jared Brown: Attorney, testified alongside Dr. Jordan Peterson in Ottawa at the Senate Committee on Legal and … Continue reading Bill C-16 One Year Later: A Panel Discussion Video

Interconnected Freedoms of Religion and Expression

Canada's Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Matt DeCourcey was Canada’s head of delegation to the US Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held in Washington (DC) on July 24-26, 2018. At the conclusion of the Ministerial Forum, the United States issued six statements of concern (three country-specific and three thematic statements) related to international … Continue reading Interconnected Freedoms of Religion and Expression

It’s Time to Merge Ontario’s Two School Systems

Reprinted with permission from The Conversation The era of two school systems in Ontario should be riding into the sunset. There are enormous cost savings and community benefits to be had by merging the public and separate school systems. A school bus is seen here in Markham, Ont. (Shutterstock)Samuel E. Trosow, Western University and Bill … Continue reading It’s Time to Merge Ontario’s Two School Systems

Compelled Speech: A Systemic Threat to Freedom of Expression

In November of 2017, Ryan Alford wrote an article for CBC  titled "An arm of the state should not be forcing lawyers to declare their values".  In that article, Alford was bringing attention to a systemic threat to freedom of expression. Alford was objecting to the Law Society of Ontario's requirement that all lawyers be required … Continue reading Compelled Speech: A Systemic Threat to Freedom of Expression

Panel Discussion: Bill C-16 Controversy

On Jul 18, 2018 7:30 PM Canada Christian College is hosting a panel discussion on the Bill C-16 controversy. The event will be held at: Canada Christian College 50 Gervais Drive Toronto, ON M3C 1Z3 Canada and further information may be obtained via: Rights and Freedoms Instiitute 647-769-5611 singhsarina887@gmail.com Tickets may be obtained at: https://billc16.brownpapertickets.com/?cookie_header=1   Bill … Continue reading Panel Discussion: Bill C-16 Controversy

2018: Year of the Free Expression Lawsuit

2018 seems to be the year for freedom of expression lawsuits in Canada.  Dr. Richard Thain has launched a lawsuit to defend his right to speak out in opposition to public funding of religious school systems in Ontario; Lindsay Shepherd is suing Laurier University regarding her academic employ-ability and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms … Continue reading 2018: Year of the Free Expression Lawsuit

Lindsay Shepherd: Academic Employ-ability Lawsuit

Canadian media have started to report that Lindsay Shepherd has launched a $3.6 million lawsuit against Laurier University and several of the individuals involved in her struggles at the University. On a superficial level, Shepherd's difficulties appear to have started when she showed a video of Jordan Peterson to a class.  Peterson is currently a … Continue reading Lindsay Shepherd: Academic Employ-ability Lawsuit