Ryerson University [Toronto] has canceled a panel discussion called “The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses” following pushback from activists who said the event was giving a platform to fascists.
The event, which was set for August 22, was slated to feature controversial speakers including University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson, who rose to prominence after refusing to use students’ preferred pronouns, and journalist Faith Goldy, who works for the far-right Rebel Media. Behavioural scientist Gad Saad and psychologist Oren Amitay rounded out the roster.
Well realistically, had the event happened, it would have been drawn actual fascists, or as they’re called these days “counter protesters.”
Ryerson Communications Director Michael Forbes cited safety concerns as the reason the event was shut down.
“After a thorough security review, the University has concluded that Ryerson is not equipped to provide the necessary level of public safety for the event to go forward,” he wrote in an emailed statement. “In light of recent events, Ryerson University is prioritizing campus safety.”
The “Heckler’s Veto Awareness” lecture featuring a guy who once used the word “gals” to describe a group of women has also been cancelled. The University cited “concern over giving students a well-rounded view of the world” as the reason. They also mentioned that in light of recent events, they were “prioritizing cowardice.”
h/t Ace, who also notes that thousands of conservative You Tube were declared “not suitable for advertisers,” and that ends the money making possibilities for the Christian and Trump supporting content providers.
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