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But the scathing criticism was justified and something we need more of from elected officials across the country

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Seems like Canada’s university professors want the freedom to make outrageous statements on social media but don’t want to be called out for those statements.

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The Canadian Association of University Teachers is “condemning” statements made by Ontario’s Minister of Colleges and Universities after she called several profs anti-Semitic and read the professors own words out in the legislature.

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Minister Jill Dunlop not only called out the batty professors, she also named and shamed members of student unions and other groups ensuring their names are in the official public record.

“I think it’s important that their names are in Hansard, because these students put their names on letters in public, supporting Hamas,” Dunlop said before reading out the names of the executive for several student groups.

She then read out public statements by professors on social media.

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Dunlop cited social work professor Jessica Hutchison for posting in the hours after Hamas launched their terror attacks that Palestinians were “taking their land back from settler colonizers.” Her statement on X, formerly Twitter, was clearly a justification of the terrorist attacks and after blowback, Hutchison hid her posts from public view.

“This is a social work professor. I have no words,” Dunlop said.

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Heidi Matthews, a law professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, was called out for referring to the terrorist attacks as “the right of resistance.”

Meanwhile, University of Toronto law professor Mohammad Fadel was called out for sharing postings celebrating the Hamas invasion.

“These individuals thought they could hide behind the ivory tower. Well, it’s time for them to touch grass,” Dunlop said.

“These are the individuals who teach our students. They hold significant authority over the students they teach. How are our students supposed to feel safe when they have anti-Semites teaching them?”

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The CAUT took offense to some of their members being called out and issued a statement blasting Dunlop.

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“Academic freedom requires that academics must not be hindered or impeded in exercising their civil rights, including the right to contribute to social change through free expression of opinion on matters of public interest,” CAUT Executive Director David Robinson wrote.

“All professors have the right, within the law, to contribute their views and their expertise to public discourse.”

Robinson’s statement is completely accurate, but it doesn’t mean Dunlop shouldn’t be allowed to call out the nutty professors for their public comments. Being a professor doesn’t give these people some special protection that shields them from criticism even from the minister in charge of universities.

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The rot in Canada’s academic establishment is deep, it’s why we see so much anti-Semitism on campus. Their entire worldview is built upon the idea of oppressed and oppressor, settler colonialists versus indigenous peoples, and that there are predetermined groups that must always be supported and those that must always be opposed.

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This has gone unchallenged for too long and it’s good that Dunlop is fighting back.

On Oct.13, Dunlop held a conference call with senior administrators from universities and colleges across the Ontario. A copy of Dunlop’s comments from that call were shared with the Sun and it is clear she was reading them the riot act.

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“I have been shocked and appalled by social messages and statements coming from members and student organizations of postsecondary communities supporting a terrorist organization and the atrocities that have been committed against civilians,” Dunlop said.

“Campuses are supposed to encourage debate and free speech. They should never be a place that incites and justifies violence and hate speech. There is a line that has been repeatedly crossed without any response from your members.”

Academic freedom doesn’t mean freedom from criticism. Dunlop’s criticism is scathing, it’s also justified and something we need more of from elected officials across the country.

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But the scathing criticism was justified and something we need more of from elected officials across the country

Get the latest from Brian Lilley straight to your inbox

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Seems like Canada’s university professors want the freedom to make outrageous statements on social media but don’t want to be called out for those statements.

Advertisement 2

Article content

The Canadian Association of University Teachers is “condemning” statements made by Ontario’s Minister of Colleges and Universities after she called several profs anti-Semitic and read the professors own words out in the legislature.

Article content

Minister Jill Dunlop not only called out the batty professors, she also named and shamed members of student unions and other groups ensuring their names are in the official public record.

“I think it’s important that their names are in Hansard, because these students put their names on letters in public, supporting Hamas,” Dunlop said before reading out the names of the executive for several student groups.

She then read out public statements by professors on social media.

Article content

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Article content

Dunlop cited social work professor Jessica Hutchison for posting in the hours after Hamas launched their terror attacks that Palestinians were “taking their land back from settler colonizers.” Her statement on X, formerly Twitter, was clearly a justification of the terrorist attacks and after blowback, Hutchison hid her posts from public view.

“This is a social work professor. I have no words,” Dunlop said.

Recommended from Editorial

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Heidi Matthews, a law professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, was called out for referring to the terrorist attacks as “the right of resistance.”

Meanwhile, University of Toronto law professor Mohammad Fadel was called out for sharing postings celebrating the Hamas invasion.

“These individuals thought they could hide behind the ivory tower. Well, it’s time for them to touch grass,” Dunlop said.

“These are the individuals who teach our students. They hold significant authority over the students they teach. How are our students supposed to feel safe when they have anti-Semites teaching them?”

We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

The CAUT took offense to some of their members being called out and issued a statement blasting Dunlop.

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Article content

“Academic freedom requires that academics must not be hindered or impeded in exercising their civil rights, including the right to contribute to social change through free expression of opinion on matters of public interest,” CAUT Executive Director David Robinson wrote.

“All professors have the right, within the law, to contribute their views and their expertise to public discourse.”

Robinson’s statement is completely accurate, but it doesn’t mean Dunlop shouldn’t be allowed to call out the nutty professors for their public comments. Being a professor doesn’t give these people some special protection that shields them from criticism even from the minister in charge of universities.

We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

The rot in Canada’s academic establishment is deep, it’s why we see so much anti-Semitism on campus. Their entire worldview is built upon the idea of oppressed and oppressor, settler colonialists versus indigenous peoples, and that there are predetermined groups that must always be supported and those that must always be opposed.

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Article content

This has gone unchallenged for too long and it’s good that Dunlop is fighting back.

On Oct.13, Dunlop held a conference call with senior administrators from universities and colleges across the Ontario. A copy of Dunlop’s comments from that call were shared with the Sun and it is clear she was reading them the riot act.

We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

“I have been shocked and appalled by social messages and statements coming from members and student organizations of postsecondary communities supporting a terrorist organization and the atrocities that have been committed against civilians,” Dunlop said.

“Campuses are supposed to encourage debate and free speech. They should never be a place that incites and justifies violence and hate speech. There is a line that has been repeatedly crossed without any response from your members.”

Academic freedom doesn’t mean freedom from criticism. Dunlop’s criticism is scathing, it’s also justified and something we need more of from elected officials across the country.

[email protected]

Article content

Comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

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