July 30, 2019

An Alberta university implements a free speech pledge — and the province’s journalists complain

Ezra LevantRebel Commander


There’s something wrong with the media when journalists are against free speech.

Here's just one example:

When Ontario premier Doug Ford said he wanted more freedom of speech on campus, more diversity of views, more open debate, less leftist “safe spaces and trigger warnings and censorship” — Canadian Journalists for Free Expression attacked him. I’m not kidding. They “oppose” it; they “deplore” it.

Which brings me back to the news of the day: 

Jason Kenney’s new government in Alberta is following Doug Ford’s lead in Ontario, and bringing in similar rules to enhance free speech.

Doug Ford obviously knows that universities care more about their money than about principles of open debate. So that’s where he gets them — it’s smart. He’s not lying that it’s a security fee — he’s telling the truth: if they don’t believe in the free exchange of ideas, he doesn’t really see the point in funding them. I agree.

And so does Jason Kenney. And now, the first Alberta university to sign on with the free speech pledge is a great little college in Fort McMurray:

Keyano College becomes first Alberta institution to publicly roll out Chicago principles

The Chicago Principles is the name given to a statement written by a number of scholars at the University of Chicago, who were doing their best to outline a free speech policy. It’s really thoughtful, and it’s so good and so well-done that it has been adopted widely by other universities too. 

(I recommend that you read the complete Chicago Principles here.)

So Keyano College is in. But the Edmonton Journal — they seem sort of mad:

A northern Alberta college has become the first post-secondary institution to officially adopt controversial freedom of speech rules ahead of an approaching deadline set out by the provincial government.

"Controversial"? That word means nothing, other than a reporter is trying to be negative, but can’t really make the case.

Here's more:

In May, the UCP announced its intention to follow in Ontario’s footsteps by introducing the principles, developed by the University of Chicago in 2014. They allow speakers on campuses to share their views, no matter how “unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive” they may be. They have been criticized by academics as benefitting more extreme and conservative speakers.

I guess to most academics, and most journalists, when a leftist is barred from campus, that’s censorship. When a conservative is, that’s just good hygiene.

You can read the Keyano College statement here. There’s some wiggle room in it — we’ll see how it’s implemented. But I like a lot of it.

And I can see why leftists, Antifa thugs, and tattle-tale hall monitor snitch-style journalism would hate it. I mean, the whole point of doxxing is to shut people down, to deplatform them, to ban them. And Keyano College is saying in advance that they won’t accept it.

Keyano College is removing the incentive, removing the stress, removing the tactic, removing the strategy from the censorship left.

I like Keyano College’s new rules. And unlike the Edmonton Journal and the rest of the snitch journalists out there, I don’t see it as controversial.

And based on the plummeting viewership of CNN, and the plummeting readership of the Edmonton Journal, a lot of other people agree...

NEXT: Sun columnist Lorne Gunter joins me to what he calls "the latest Liberal affront to free speech":

It was revealed this week that the Prime Minister’s Office has been having career civil servants in Canada’s foreign affairs department call up our former ambassadors to China and pressure them to keep their mouths shut over the Liberals’ handling of our country’s relationship with China.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2019-07-31 23:53:05 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 1 day ago
Justin is definitely going down in history.
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Going down in history by simply going down, I trust.
commented 2019-07-31 13:17:18 -0400
A ray of hope for freedom in Canada shines in Northern Alberta!

The establishment media piss on it…
commented 2019-07-31 13:10:01 -0400
JILL WARD commented 1 hour ago.
sorry for my rant but on another note……………………..

I understand what You are saying Jill but perhaps it is better to know thy enemy than have them stab you in the back unexpectedly. Be aware of who the Bastards are.
commented 2019-07-31 11:57:42 -0400
sorry for my rant but on another note, I have tried repeatedly to have my tv service (Bell) REMOVE ALL CBC, CTV AND OTHER TRUDEAU MEDIA, but they say they can’t because these are standard! ARE WE NOT PAYING THESE TRAITORS AND LIARS ENOUGH VIA OUR BILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS THAT WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THEM ON OUR TV SERVICE AS WELL EVEN IF WE DON’T WATCH THEM AND I DON’T BECAUSE IT IS ALL GARBAGE/BRAIN NUMBING/DUMBING DOWN NONSENSE ON THESE CHANNELS WHEN THE LIES AND TREASON NEWS AREN’T ON!
the CRTC /trudeau is dictating EVERYTHING IN OUR LIVES YET THEY LIVE THE GOLD PLATED ,FREE LIFE OFF US AND CAN WATCH WHATEVER THEY WANT EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE- AND THERE ARE MANY, U.S. AND OTHER FOREIGN SATELLITE/TV!
I AM TIRED OF BEING CONTROLLED! I AM TIRED OF THE BRAIN NUMBING PROGRAMS/PROPAGANDA/LYINGCANADIANMEDIA AND OTHER PROGRAMMING- especially replayed programs which apparently have only 3 different programs and the same ones are played over and over and over and over – on numerous channels at the same time and this goes on daily!
No wonder canuks are going BRAIN DEAD!
Decades of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, LIBERAL/LEFT BRAINWASHING ALL VIA OUR SCHOOLS/PLACES OF LEARNING, MEDIA, GOVERNMENTS, COURTS AND SO ON!
EVER SINCE PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU IN FACT AND HE WAS A TRAITOR WHO RAN AND HID FROM CONSCRIPTION DURING WWII AND THEN EMERGED WHEN IT WAS SAFE , SUPPORTING AND WAVING THE FLAG OF THE NAZIS! And he was voted in N not once, but TWICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND NOW HIS VILE SPAWN WHO ALSO IS A NAZI!!
WOW, just goes to show canuks have been wavering on patriotism and treason for many decades now.
I’m sorry my father, grandfather and uncles risked their lives for canada and we canadians because clearly none of us deserve to be here right now – but not to worry, trudeau is taking care of that as soon after october his genocide agenda will be in full swing- beginning with our elderly!
I have absolutely NO QUESTION about his agenda!
KEEP ON PAYING/REWARDING AND VOTING FOR HIM CANUKS!
commented 2019-07-31 11:44:23 -0400
Don Kleim
and it only took this mentally insane , useless, nazi and his terrorists 4 years to do it.
SURE SEEMS TO ME THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE LIVING AND ENJOYING ALL WHICH MY FOREFATHERS BUILT AND SACRITIFICED FOR WHO HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE HERE AND NEED TO LEAVE NOW!
TRAITORS, COWARDS THUGS! ALL OF THEM!
As I stated above there are ALREADY MANY LANDS ALL OVER THE GLOBE ALREADY COMPLETE HELL HOLES WITH NO FREEDOMS, DEMOCRACY, SOVEREIGNTY, PEACE, OR WEALTH SO THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO DESTROY MY COUNTRY, GET THE HELL OUT! I AS A CANADIAN BORN OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS AND THOSE WHO HAVE LAID THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THIS, MY COUNTRY- NOT YOURS, DON’T WANT YOU HERE!
TAKE TRUDEAU AND HIS NAZIS/TERRORISTS WITH YOU!
WHERE THE HELL IS OUR MILITARY ON THIS? I WOULD HAVE AT LEAST EXPECTED THEY WOULD BE DOING THEIR JOB OF PROTECTING CANADA AND WE CANADIANS! TRUDEAU SURE AS HELL ISN’T AS HE ONLY PROTECTS HIMSELF AND HIS SPECIAL IMPORTSALL OF WHOM ARE TRAITORS TO THIS LAND AND HAVE NO LONGER ANY RIGHT TO BE HERE! OUR MONEY PAYS ALL THEIR SALARIES AND WHILE TRUDEAU HAS CHOSEN NOT TO PAY OUR MILITARY, NONETHELESS, THEY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROTECT AND SERVE CANADA AND WE CANADIANS OVER TRAITORS AND CRIMINALS ON PARLIAMENT HILL!
DO YOUR JOBS, SAVE US FROM THIS NAZI AND HIS TERRORIST S AND THEN YOU WILL GET PAID BY US DIRECTLY RATHER THAN HAVING TO BEG THIS TRAITOR FOR YOUR MONEY, PENSIONS AND HEALTH CARE!
TRUDEAU IS A TRAITOR, COWARD, NAZI AND HAS NO BUSINESS ON PARLIAMENT HILL- NOR DO ANY OTHER MEMBERS OF HIS DICTATORSHIP- IN FACT THE OTHER PARTIES ARE JUST AS VILE SO TIME FOR CANUKS TO SHUT OFF THE TAPS AND TAKE THEM ALL DOWN NOW !
IT IS EITHER US OR THEM! you make your choice canuks and remember there ISN’T GOING TO BE ANYWHERE FOR US TO FLEE TO BECAUSE THE OTHER COUNTRIES TRYING TO FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES HAVE ENOUGH TRAITORS OF THEIR OWNTHEY DON’T NEED US!
commented 2019-07-31 11:33:40 -0400
please DO NOT BACK DOWN!
anyone who WANTS TO DENY FREEDOM OF SPEECH, well, let me inform you that there are MANY, MANY , MANY – IN FACT FAR TOO MANY, DICTATORSHIP/ANTI FREEDOM/.ANTI DEMOCRACY LANDS ALL OVER THE GLOBE WHICH HAVE BEEN THIS WAY FOREVER SO, YOU ARE ALL FREE TO GO TO THOSE LANDS!! I promise, NO ONE WILL STOP YOU- in fact these lands are already well established in marxism/communism so you don’t need to do a thing to persuade their leaders or media and so on to follow your rules- just go on over, and enjoy!
HOWEVER, IF YOU WISH TO CARRY ON MOHAMMAD TRUDEAUS AGENDA, LEAVE! YOU ARE NOT WELCOME IN MY COUNTRYTHE FREE, DEMOCRATIC, SOVEREIGN, PEACEFUL, WEALTHY , STABLE, COUNTRY MY FOREFATHERS BUILT AND SINCE IT’S INCEPTIONINCLUDING TODAY HAVE AND MY FAMILY CONTINUES TO, PROTECT WE CANADIANS, OUR LAND, OUR FREEDOMS, DEMOCRACY , PEACE AND SOVEREIGNTY!
Those DEMANDING THE COMPLETE TERMINATION OF FREEDOMS, DEMOCRACY, SOVEREIGNTY AND SO ON , ALL HAD THE LUXURY OF HAVING BEEN BORN AND RAISED IN DEMOCRACY, FREEDOMS, SOVEREIGNTY AND PEACEAND THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO LEAVE YOUR OWN COUNTRIES TO COME HERE AND CASH IN ON ALL CANADA HAS TO OFFER YET YOU FEEL ENTITLED TO DENY US ALL THESE VERY THINGS WHICH MADE CANADA ONE OF THE BEST COUNTRIES ON THE GLOBE!
NO MORE! MY COUNTRY AND IF YOU ARE ANTI CANADIAN, ANTI FREEDOM, ANTI DEMOCRACY, ANTI SOVEREIGNTY, LEAVE- AND TAKE TRUDEAU, HIS ENTIRE CABINET, THE REST OF YOUR PALS IN MEDIA, THE COURTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SO ON WITH YOU AND DON’T BOTHER RETURNING BECAUSE YOU ARE NO LONGER WELCOME HERE!
YOU WANT FULL OUT MARXISM THEN GO LIVE IN A MARXIST/COMMUNIST COUNTRY UNDER THEIR RULES !
Wonder how long you COWARDS AND TRAITORS WOULD LAST!
commented 2019-07-31 11:26:24 -0400
Thomas Jefferson recognized the media for what it is:
“The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”

Here is a quote for you by Albert Einstein:
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”
commented 2019-07-31 11:12:42 -0400
Liza
" I had no idea there was such an organized effort poised to turn this country on its head."
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Maybe actually a good thing we had that retard in ottawa, otherwise you wouldn’t have known how sick this country is.
commented 2019-07-31 11:04:08 -0400
This is the sad state of our country. It is going down the tubes like every other western democracy. We are now at the point where the press don’t support free speech and voters haven’t batted an eye. This should terrify you. No, seriously. Think what this actually means. The Liberals under this peckerhead PM have methodically taken away your right to free speech through a number of insidious pieces of legislation and we simply looked on. It is painfully obvious that the old adage “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” is so true. What is even more frightening is that the Liberals still have far more supporters than they should have. The leftist indoctrination that our children have been subjected to in post secondary education institutions for many years now is bearing fruit for the Liberals. If they are reelected, Canada is done.
commented 2019-07-31 10:14:50 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 11 hours ago.
Justin is definitely going down in history…………………..

LIZA, I would be happy if Bernier was just in a position where he could control the balance of power, by voting with the PC’s or the Lib’s. At least we would have a little control of our destiny.

BUT, it ain’t over until it’s over, so let’s keep our ‘Peckers’ up.
commented 2019-07-31 09:07:48 -0400
" Perhaps a list should be compiled each year of the most free speech friendly universities. "….John the JCCF does just that including evaluation of Administration policies compared to the student unions (which have actually been more oppressive and less tollerant than the staff )

http://campusfreedomindex.ca
commented 2019-07-31 01:28:34 -0400
That’s way toooo funny
But totally expected and absolutely predictable
commented 2019-07-31 00:12:01 -0400
Well…OK….I took the time to look up the definition of “journalist” from several sources and here are two (somewhat well known) sources.They are Cambridge Dictionary and Webster……
Journalist : ( I will abbreviate the entire text)
-The collection and editing of news through various forms of media
-Writing designed for publication and writing characterized by presentation of facts
-Writing designed to appeal to "current"popular taste and public interest
-Someone who collects and writes stories and articles for newspapers/magazines/TV/Internet…..
So….nowhere does it say that “journalists” and “free Speech” are compatible or "that a + b = c). Someone(always) reports or records the “facts” of any newsworthy happening.When they have "reported"the “facts”….they end by injecting their stance or “take” on said subject …….hence the “free speech” format.
However……if only selected conclusions are accepted into the “free speech” realm for public consumption…..then no free speech exists.
The very origin of “get off your soap box” comes from the fact that ANYONE could stand up to offer their opinion on what was deemed the crucial matters of the day.It was not dependent on whomever controlled the the prevailing media form of any period in recorded history….
Journalism was…and always ever will be….subjective rather than objective….because of the almost universal fact of adding editorial comment at the end.
You must digest the information presented…..and form your own opinion….because that is what free speech is all about…..
commented 2019-07-30 23:30:36 -0400
Good on Keyano College for taking away the lefts ability to ban speakers. I would want to go to a place of higher learning that enshrines free speech because that is what the basis of higher learning is. Perhaps a list should be compiled each year of the most free speech friendly universities. More people than not value freedom of speech and would want to know which ones are shutting it down or making things interesting and encouraging critical thinking.
commented 2019-07-30 23:18:53 -0400
Justin is definitely going down in history. He won’t be remembered kindly.
He has turned this country upside down and stomped all over it. He has fostered a climate in Canada which has brought out all the extremist left wing riffraff. I had no idea there was such an organized effort poised to turn this country on its head. Everything that was right is now wrong. Strange as things are right now, I don’t think it will take long to balance this ship once Justin is properly and permanently relieved of his acting role as PM, along with all of his handlers.

If Bernier managed to steal the show we could expect a short trip back to to sanity. If Scheer is at the helm it will be more of a challenge but with the PPC holding some seats we will at least be headed in the right direction.

Could you ever imagine that free speech at a University would be considered controversial? Its clown world in Canada……until October.
commented 2019-07-30 22:53:44 -0400
Keith, try not to despair. Justin cannot invoke the muscle it would take to enforce this “state of emergency”….the armed forces do not support him…Justin and his supporters should count themselves lucky if they are simply voted out of power.
commented 2019-07-30 21:47:21 -0400
Freedom of speech can only be a dream when Trudeau is at the helm. Just wait, as the Election draws closer and he reads the polls, he will go into panic mode, even shutting down the MSM will not calm him. Then we will see the ‘State of Emergency’ called and he will misrule for another four years, during which time the Canadian White Race will crumble.

Back in 1967 when I first applied to immigrate to Canada the young lady who was interviewing me told me that Canada was more of a democracy than the UK was. I had asked because my Wife was Chinese and we had three young kids. I was a little worried about how they would be accepted. Of course, my worries were uncalled for.
This I might add was before the days of the Trudeau’s.
commented 2019-07-30 21:46:09 -0400
Ezra…just so you know…Assistant Deputy Ministers are and always have been patronage appointments…there may be some rudder lag, but they always get replaced when they display “deep state” undermining of newly elected regiemes.
commented 2019-07-30 21:05:08 -0400
- Most of the people in Canada (or the West for that matter) calling themselves journalists are nothing but propaganda spewing hacks & gossip columnist posers. Of course these clowns are against free speech – they want to be the only voice people are allowed to hear. Opposing voices or anything approaching a debate exposes them as the posers they truly are.

- The Trudeau Liberals are the most corrupt & incompetent government Canada has ever had. The corruption in the Liberal party has always run deep but under Trudeau they’re acting like petty tyrants who think they can’t be touched – thanks to their media echo chamber.
commented 2019-07-30 21:05:03 -0400
One university implementing free speech is a start. Now if the police would rein in the Antifa group and start tossing them in jail when they start beating people. That would help take the fear of talking away.
commented 2019-07-30 20:58:02 -0400
What a sad commentary on our land when free speech is “controvercial” rather than natural. In their diabolical way, the “progressives” used free speech to gain ascendancy but now they’re stifling it. This exposes their true nature as power-hungry dictators.
commented 2019-07-30 20:52:49 -0400
Once again, Justin Trudeau shows his true colours. He can’t stand any criticism and he won’t let any come his way. And using the bureaucracy to inforce his will is his means to the end of being elected again. Let’s remember this story and tell it to every one we know. Using the government against political enemies is what dictators do. #TrudeauMustGo
commented 2019-07-30 20:41:35 -0400
The adoption step is a good prerequisite. The question is how the more important step of implementation rolls out. Once implementation occurs, then Keyano can be considered serious about free speech, free research, and free study on campus.

Good chance for implementation in a small rural campus of a Northern Alberta workers’ town, but the academics there are still leftist anti-worker types.