I LOVE U of O :-)

This is why I am proud to be a graduate of the University of Ottawa.

Ann Coulter is speaking at U of O tonight but she will have to obey the law, or so says the Vice-President Academic and Provost, Francois Houle.

If you read my last post you know I am all for protesting Ms Coulter – so here is another suggestion. Go to her lecture tonight and as she starts to speak turn your chair around and face the back of the room. If enough people do it maybe she will get the point that she is not respected here. 🙂

University of Ottawa’s letter to Ann Coulter
(National Post )
Published: Monday, March 22, 2010
Dear Ms. Coulter,

I understand that you have been invited by University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives to speak at the University of Ottawa this coming Tuesday. We are, of course, always delighted to welcome speakers on our campus and hope that they will contribute positively to the meaningful exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a great university campus. We have a great respect for freedom of expression in Canada, as well as on our campus, and view it as a fundamental freedom, as recognized by our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or “free speech”) in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States. I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here.

You will realize that Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression. For example, promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges. Outside of the criminal realm, Canadian defamation laws also limit freedom of expression and may differ somewhat from those to which you are accustomed. I therefore ask you, while you are a guest on our campus, to weigh your words with respect and civility in mind.

There is a strong tradition in Canada, including at this university, of restraint, respect and consideration in expressing even provocative and controversial opinions and urge you to respect that Canadian tradition while on our campus. Hopefully, you will understand and agree that what may, at first glance, seem like unnecessary restrictions to freedom of expression do, in fact, lead not only to a more civilized discussion, but to a more meaningful, reasoned and intelligent one as well.

I hope you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful country, city and campus.


Francois Houle,

Vice-President Academic and Provost, University of Ottawa

Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2710037#ixzz0j0xotZKs


5 thoughts on “I LOVE U of O :-)

  1. Hey protestors showed up and made such a fuss that Anne had to run home with her racist rightwing tail between her legs.

    No presentation just insults Anne thinks U of O is “second Rate.”

    Actually U of O protestors just did what Ivy league schools couldn’t. There were protests at them as well, but only at U of O did the great Anne take to her stilettos and run. So who is second rate?

    Matt Drudge says Coulter has been banned for life from NBC, quoting a network insider as saying, “We are just not going to have her on any more, it’s over.” Drudge reports she has been replaced during the 7am hour with Perez Hilton (also publicizing a book, Red Carpet Suicide), who recently offered $1,000 to anyone who would throw a pie at her.

    That said the Network claimed it was just a scheduling issue but what do you think they are going to say, and have Anne sue them?

  2. Just so people don’t get me wrong I think Anne has every right to say what she feels on issues but no right to spread Hatred.

    Steven Skurka’s article on Anne Coulter (see below) is close to the truth but I disagree that Anne’s words are “still fall far short of the standard of a hate crime.” In telling a Muslim that if they are having trouble traveling they should “Take a Camel” Anne is only a few letters short of yelling “shut up Camel Jockey”, and we all know that she is thinking it. I would say her words are not “far” but just short of the Standard of a hate crime. That said Skurka does work for CTV which is the television equivalent of just short of a right wing tabloid at times.


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