This is a good commentary on the state of free speech in academia. I thought I would republish part of it.
From Hamilton Spectator
Over the last decade, we’ve seen an increasing intolerance on Canadian university and college campuses for the free exchange of ideas across the social and political spectrum, from anti-abortion to the Middle East conflict.
In our so-called enlightened age, people seem more concerned about protecting their own sensitivities and convictions than defending the principles of free speech and open debate.
It began, arguably, in 2002 at Concordia University in Montreal, when rioting students forced the cancellation of a speech by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
There has been a slew of other incidents since then. Recently, protesters at the University of Waterloo prevented author and columnist Christie Blatchford from speaking about her book on native anarchy in Caledonia.
Last year, right-wing commentator Ann Coulter cancelled a gig at the University of Ottawa out of fear that demonstrations might turn violent.