Free Speech in Canada?

What mistake did these students make? They forgot to identify themselves as bombastic foreign Members of Parliament whom have provided material support to Hamas. Silly students… freedom of speech on the campus of a school at which you attend and live? Preposterous!

Ezra Levant, Mark Steyn, Human Rights Commissions, the public works protection act, pro-life voices shut down on campus…

Is it time we had a serious review of how flexible our rights to speech and assembly have become in this country?

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  • batb

    ‘perfectly good word, Stephen. “leftard institutional jackboots” [that’s what I meant!]: ‘very apt when referencing Cartoon and the University of Zero.

  • batb

    Cut the Kumbaya-crush crap, kenn2 …

  • Jmw

    RunnertheFirst — The pictures were graphic because they are real. If they were out of someone’s imagination they might be called “art” in this country. We have long ignored the conversation about abortion up to 38 weeks in this country for over 20 years. We are the only developed country who does not have ANY guidelines for this issue. Good for these students. Bring it on. Time to look at the “elephant in the room” and have an informed debate on this subject. I am disgusted that the University strong-armed these peaceful students in the University’s attempt to “control the message” when the students were exercising their beliefs. This should be an academic freedom for all our students. When I was in University, 30 years ago, protests were common. NO ONE who was peacefully demonstrating got arrested. The police did not have and did not assume the authority over Charter Rights. Although I am not a lawyer, the students should sue the University for a breach of their Charter Rights and the Carleton Police for false arrest and detainment. Unfortunately, they risk their academic careers in doing so. How sad….

  • Jmw

    RunnertheFirst — The pictures were graphic because they are real. If they were out of someone’s imagination they might be called “art” in this country. We have long ignored the conversation about abortion up to 38 weeks in this country for over 20 years. We are the only developed country who does not have ANY guidelines for this issue. Good for these students. Bring it on. Time to look at the “elephant in the room” and have an informed debate on this subject. I am disgusted that the University strong-armed these peaceful students in the University’s attempt to “control the message” when the students were exercising their beliefs. This should be an academic freedom for all our students. When I was in University, 30 years ago, protests were common. NO ONE who was peacefully demonstrating got arrested. The police did not have and did not assume the authority over Charter Rights. Although I am not a lawyer, the students should sue the University for a breach of their Charter Rights and the Carleton Police for false arrest and detainment. Unfortunately, they risk their academic careers in doing so. How sad….

  • jmw

    Unfortunately, batb,
    The same thing has happened at the University of Calgary and several other campuses across Canada. Just like the pro-Israel groups, abortionists too, are shut down under the “faux” banner of being security risks. (i.e. Ann Coulter) No other groups that I know of are treated this way. Once again, it is the silencing of the message that is truly a scary proposition in this country. What’s next— will they be packing students away in paddy wagons if they support Sun TV?

  • jmw

    Unfortunately, batb,
    The same thing has happened at the University of Calgary and several other campuses across Canada. Just like the pro-Israel groups, abortionists too, are shut down under the “faux” banner of being security risks. (i.e. Ann Coulter) No other groups that I know of are treated this way. Once again, it is the silencing of the message that is truly a scary proposition in this country. What’s next— will they be packing students away in paddy wagons if they support Sun TV?

  • Webbjan02

    Your other option would be to show photographs of the Holocaust or the Rwandan genocide. They are pretty “offensive” too. They all share one thing in common, however,–they are REAL. So I guess we should rid ourselves of all that nasty stuff and have a giant book-burning. I think we’d all feel much better after that. Would you agree?

  • Webbjan02

    Your other option would be to show photographs of the Holocaust or the Rwandan genocide. They are pretty “offensive” too. They all share one thing in common, however,–they are REAL. So I guess we should rid ourselves of all that nasty stuff and have a giant book-burning. I think we’d all feel much better after that. Would you agree?

  • jmw

    What “law” were they following? What “law” did these students break? How can they be trespassing if they are tuition paying students on their own campus?

  • jmw

    What “law” were they following? What “law” did these students break? How can they be trespassing if they are tuition paying students on their own campus?

  • batb

    Jmw, I appreciate your comment.

    These photos “offend” people, as well they should, because they show what violence abortion does to a living, breathing human whose habitat happens to be its mother’s womb, not a warm, safe bassinette. I once had a very naive woman say to me “I thought abortion was just a routine operation.” When I told her the graphic details of how abortion is performed, she turned green and seemed sickened, as well she should have been. It is a brutal procedure not only for the child in the womb but for the mother as well.

    As for your assertion about a conversation about abortion up to 38 weeks, here in Canada there are absolutely no restrictions on the time line of abortions. An abortion can legally be performed in Canada up to the second before labour begins. As you point out, we are the only developed country with no laws restricting the termination of pregnancy.

    Let people be offended. They should be offended that this violent procedure against the smallest and most defenseless human beings is not only allowed in Canada but is paid for by taxpayer dollars (making abortion doctors millionaires) and, further, that there are no restrictions whatsoever in our, supposedly, “enlightened” democracy. The fact that the child in the womb has no rights until his or her umbilical cord has been cut, is an abomination in a country that prides itself on the rights and freedoms afforded Canadians under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    Children in the womb are Canadians, they’re just smaller, as yet unseen, Canadians. With all of our technology, however, we usually have seen them in utero, sucking their thumbs, moving around, kicking their legs, moving their arms. We can even see facial features and sexual organs.

    We need a conversation about abortion in Canada. It is long overdue.

  • Anonymous

    Have you actually read this whole thread, and maybe followed a link or two?

    1) Carleton doesn’t allow ANY displays or protests on that quad

    2) That group had previously applied for a permit to protest there… and were turned down. See #1 above.

    They were charged with trespassing… cos they were trespassing. Don’t worry, it’s only a $130 fine (if the charge isn’t thrown out). And the arrest has garnered several times the attention they would have received if they just been allowed to protest there.

    I think they deliberately planned to be arrested. That’s alot of publicity for $130 each . Money well spent.

  • Anonymous

    The offensiveness of the anti-abortion display is just a sidebar; the students were arrested for trespassing (just as they intended).

  • Anonymous

    Yes, you get it! The U of Calgary protest was intended to result in an arrest, and the exact same process was used at Carleton.

    No other groups that I know of are treated this way. Once again, it is the silencing of the message that is truly a scary proposition in this country. What’s next— will they be packing students away in paddy wagons if they support Sun TV?

    Any protesting group intending to get arrested usually gets arrested.

    …silencing the message!?! As if. A 5-person mini protest deliberately provokes arrests.The right blogosphere chants “oh noes – freedom of speech” and the comments all dance to the music. And the protest has several times the impact it would have if not for the arrests.

    Well played, people.

  • leah

    Were they taken straight to prison?