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Provost of the U of Ottawa is Threatening to Criminally Prosecute Ann Coulter!
University of Ottawa ^ | March 21, 2010 | François Houle

Posted on 03/21/2010 2:31:23 PM PDT by Syncro

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.

 

Sincerely,

 

François Houle
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Vice-recteur aux études / Vice-President Academic and Provost
Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
550, rue Cumberland Street
Ottawa (ON)  K1N 6N5
téléphone / telephone : 613 562-5737
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TOPICS: Canada; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anncoulter; canada; coulter; criminal
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The money quote:
 
 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. 
Of course I believe in Canada many facts about liberals, homosexuals et al, unless sprinkled with a generous porportion of political correctness will be considered as "promoting hatred."
1 posted on 03/21/2010 2:31:24 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: RonDog; jellybean; knews_hound

This email was revieved by Coulter just recently. She is scheduled to give a speech there tomorrow


2 posted on 03/21/2010 2:34:15 PM PDT by Syncro (TPXIII coming soon! March 27th to April 15th 2010)
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To: Syncro
I think the Canadian Provost is promoting hatred against people who practice free speech and Americans.

File Charges against him!!!

3 posted on 03/21/2010 2:35:07 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

The hard core left are empowered and will stop at nothing now-they feel invincible.


4 posted on 03/21/2010 2:36:51 PM PDT by ground_fog
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To: Syncro

Canada...America’s toupee.


5 posted on 03/21/2010 2:36:55 PM PDT by clintonh8r (I love my country. I hate...HATE!!...my government.)
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To: Syncro

She is much smarter than this academic. She will just refer to them as unidentifiables. We will all know what she means.


6 posted on 03/21/2010 2:37:06 PM PDT by joelt
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To: Syncro

hahhaha i would love to see them get Ann’s mouth in court.....


7 posted on 03/21/2010 2:37:07 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Syncro

Francois “Azz” Houle


8 posted on 03/21/2010 2:37:14 PM PDT by hometoroost (Al Gore - The Uniwarmer)
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To: Syncro

So speak freely, but not so freely to where you may offend anyone, including yours truly, or we’ll lock you up and throw away the key!

It’s as Canadian as substandard Maple syrup! Whoops, I offended the maple syrup producers! Crimnal or civil, take your pick on this one.


9 posted on 03/21/2010 2:37:47 PM PDT by at bay (My father was born with 28 ounces of flesh in 1924 then went on to become Mr. (Glenn) Holland.)
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To: Syncro

There will be a hoard of the looney left there tommorrow protesting her appearance...I hope there is good security.


10 posted on 03/21/2010 2:39:09 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: joelt; All
She will just refer to them as unidentifiables

Har, I think you are right, good one!

This is the thread here at FR about the event

Firebrand Sets Off Furor (Coulter In Canada Tour)

Saturday, March 20, 2010 8:37:46 AM · by Enduring Freedom · 54 replies · 1,214+ views
The London Free Press ^ | March 20 2010 | JONATHAN SHER

11 posted on 03/21/2010 2:39:14 PM PDT by Syncro (TPXIII coming soon! March 27th to April 15th 2010)
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To: hometoroost

Actually, it is Francois A. Houle. Or not.


12 posted on 03/21/2010 2:40:04 PM PDT by at bay (My father was born with 28 ounces of flesh in 1924 then went on to become Mr. (Glenn) Holland.)
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To: joelt; Syncro
She is much smarter than this academic. She will just refer to them as unidentifiables. We will all know what she means.

Or she could just refer to them as "Orwell's pigs" in every reference... /g

13 posted on 03/21/2010 2:40:15 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: Syncro

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.

Hatred has nothing to do with speech in Canada. Opening your mouth in Canada equals hatred if an identifiable group even complains regardless of evidence. Just ask Mark Stein. who is being prosecuted unless something has taken place I am not aware of.


14 posted on 03/21/2010 2:40:48 PM PDT by wita
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To: Syncro

Exactly the type of laws libs want here in the U.S.

Why don’t libs head over to Iran and enjoy the laws on speech there?


15 posted on 03/21/2010 2:42:20 PM PDT by TigerBait
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To: Syncro
We have a great respect for freedom of expression in Canada

Funniest... line... ever! I'm dying here! I can here Mark Steyn howling, too.

16 posted on 03/21/2010 2:42:29 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama's policy: A thousand points of lies.)
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To: Rocky

No kiddin’...This whole affair ought to be good...

I’m sure we’ll hear more about this visit...


17 posted on 03/21/2010 2:44:38 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus sayin')
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To: All

Is Ann so desparate she has to go to the wasteland of Canada? I didn’t think there were actual people up there...only French.


18 posted on 03/21/2010 2:44:45 PM PDT by texan75010
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To: wita
"Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression. "Reasonable limits" is just another code word for tyranny!
19 posted on 03/21/2010 2:45:08 PM PDT by FiddlePig (truth is hard... lies are easy - http://redneckoblogger.blogspot.com)
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To: Syncro
Does everyone from America who's invited to speak at a Canadian college get this kind of warning, or just conservatives?

Maybe just Ann Coulter?

20 posted on 03/21/2010 2:45:54 PM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Syncro

If a Vancouver Canucks fan says he hates the Rangers, is that actionable?


21 posted on 03/21/2010 2:46:55 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Syncro

I think this guy needs an email from the Commandant of the Marine Corps advising him of actions the US military can take against any terrorist nation who holds a US citizen hostage.


22 posted on 03/21/2010 2:50:58 PM PDT by TheNewPundit
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To: FiddlePig
Reasonable limits" is just another code word for tyranny!

Just like "reasonable" gun laws.

23 posted on 03/21/2010 2:52:50 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM, where are you?)
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To: Syncro

What a cordial invitation! Don’t fall for the baited trap Ann, you may want to give Mark Steyn a call for lawyer (solicitor) advice if you do go.


24 posted on 03/21/2010 2:53:50 PM PDT by Hillbillary (I know how to deal with Communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Syncro

Have they banned her books?


25 posted on 03/21/2010 2:54:40 PM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote!)
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To: texan75010
Is Ann so desparate she has to go to the wasteland of Canada? I didn’t think there were actual people up there...only French.

Watch it. They've made huge sacrifices on the battlefields of Afghanistan.

26 posted on 03/21/2010 2:55:30 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Syncro

They had laws like this in the Weimar Republic.


27 posted on 03/21/2010 2:58:29 PM PDT by B Knotts (Impeach Obama)
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To: Syncro
Our Annie does not back down under pressure--she doubles down! Expect more aggression, not less!


28 posted on 03/21/2010 3:00:33 PM PDT by Forgiven_Sinner (If you meet people with no brain, no heart and no courage, you are not in KS-You are in the Congress)
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To: NativeNewYorker
If a Vancouver Canucks fan says he hates the Rangers, is that actionable?

I believe they just drop their gloves and try to pull each other's shirts over their heads. Then they share knuckle sandwiches. Very civilized, eh?

29 posted on 03/21/2010 3:01:19 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: spyone

“hoard” s/b “horde”


30 posted on 03/21/2010 3:01:56 PM PDT by Misterioso
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To: Misterioso

Noted. Thank you!


31 posted on 03/21/2010 3:05:34 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: Rocky

Yes, liked that line too

We have a great respect for freedom of expression in Canada-now shut up!


32 posted on 03/21/2010 3:06:42 PM PDT by Syncro (TPXIII coming soon! March 27th to April 15th 2010)
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To: spyone; Misterioso

Or maybe a whored of the looney left there?


33 posted on 03/21/2010 3:08:25 PM PDT by Syncro (TPXIII coming soon! March 27th to April 15th 2010)
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To: All
They have some interesting professors there
A part-time sociology professor at the University of Ottawa is claiming to be the victim of mistaken identity after French police indicated he was under investigation in connection with a Paris synagogue bombing 27 years ago.

Hassan Diab told Le Figaro, a French daily newspaper, that he has never been a member of a Palestinian organization or a political militant.

A sketch released by French police of the suspect in the Oct. 3, 1980, bombing that killed four people and left others injured is said by police to bear a resemblance to Diab. The explosives were hidden in saddlebags attached to a parked motorcycle.

SAME LAST NAME

Diab is a joint Canadian and Lebanese citizen who was born in Beirut in 1953. He told the French newspaper that his name is quite common and that it's not the first time he has been confused with someone else. He said during his employment at the American University of Beirut there were four other people with the same last name.

Diab currently teaches two sociology courses at the University of Ottawa. He did not return calls or e-mails yesterday.

Francois Houle, dean of social services at the University of Ottawa, didn't know Diab, who was was hired by the department to teach classes this semester.

Right Franny, we believe you.
34 posted on 03/21/2010 3:12:40 PM PDT by Syncro (TPXIII coming soon! March 27th to April 15th 2010)
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To: texan75010

There are many conservative, entrepreneurial people in Alberta who despise the frog socialists in Quebec.


35 posted on 03/21/2010 3:22:18 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Oh Lord, please watch over and guide us.)
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To: Syncro

Vice-Rector Houle:

I would inform you how repugnant your letter is to the spirit of free political speech and debate, not only in the United States, but in the realms that remained under the Crown, such as your own. However, as a professor of political science, it’s exceedingly unlikely that you don’t already know. Shame, sir.

Rich


36 posted on 03/21/2010 3:27:57 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Syncro
They better hope the United States doesn't roll over one night and crush them. They are lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent.

(one of my faqvorite AC quotes)

37 posted on 03/21/2010 3:31:46 PM PDT by skeptoid
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To: Syncro; Ann Coulter
Canada has Zero rights they have merely Privileges granted by their government.. such as it is..

They have rights granted by God as all do, BUT they HighJacked by their government...

** Maybe Ann Coulter will mention that..

38 posted on 03/21/2010 3:34:32 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: at bay

Actually, I don’t see anything sinister with this letter. It is just a mention of differences between Canadian and U.S. freedom of expression laws. There are a lot more important issues at hand than this...


39 posted on 03/21/2010 3:41:14 PM PDT by voicereason (I Don't Need SEX...I Get Screwed By Democrats Everyday!!!)
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To: Syncro
You will realize that Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression

One more reason to consign the Canadian "nation" to the ash heap of history.

There are fewer people there then in the State of California, and they run a little totalitarian socialist state on our borders, and are currently importing a sizable population hostile to our nation and freedom.

Time to end that little vestige of the past, and open up the natural resources to the people who brought freedom of expression along with political liberty to the world.

35 million smug little commies don't really deserve to control that much soil.

40 posted on 03/21/2010 3:44:38 PM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: Clive; fanfan

Ping.


41 posted on 03/21/2010 3:51:00 PM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123 and Westlander)
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To: Regulator
35 million smug little commies don't really deserve to control that much soil.

I suggest you say that to my relatives (all conservative and many Canadian Armed Forces veterans) in Alberta, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. If you landed in traction, you'd merely be lucky.

42 posted on 03/21/2010 3:51:59 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: texan75010

The only thing more annoying than a left-wing Canadian is a left-wing French Canadian.

I had my fill of them during the closing ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics.

Ann should say whatever the hell she wants to. If the pompous asses in Ottawa arrest her, she’ll make a fortune by selling even more books.


43 posted on 03/21/2010 3:57:54 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation ("And when the Antichrist comes, millions will love him." Remind you of anyone?)
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To: Regulator

Canada isn’t a country - It’s the Balkans of North America with a bunch of diverse tribes who detest one another.


44 posted on 03/21/2010 4:00:49 PM PDT by Ronbo1948
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To: Regulator
Canadian Caper

On the day the hostages were seized, six American diplomats evaded capture and remained in hiding at the Swiss and Canadian embassies. In 1979, the Canadian Parliament held a secret session for the first time since World War II in order to pass special legislation allowing Canadian passports to be issued to some American citizens so that they could escape. Six American diplomats boarded a flight to Zürich, Switzerland, on January 28, 1980. Their escape and rescue from Iran by Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor has come to be known as the Canadian Caper.[89]

Operation Yellow Ribbon

Operation Yellow Ribbon is the name of the operation that Transport Canada created to handle the diversion of civilian airline flights following the September 11 attacks in 2001. The operation started after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded all aircraft across the United States and re-routed incoming international flights to airports in Canada.

During the operation, departing flights, with the exception of police, military, and humanitarian flights were canceled, marking the first time that Canada shut down its airspace. As a result of Operation Yellow Ribbon, 255 aircraft were diverted to 17 different airports across the country.

Canada In Afghanistan

The number of Canadian Forces' fatalities resulting from Canadian military activities in Afghanistan is the largest for any single Canadian military mission since the 25th Canadian Brigade suffered 309 combat-related deaths (and approximately 145 non-combat deaths in-theatre) in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953. A total of 140 Canadian Forces personnel have been killed since the mission began in 2002.[1]

Still think they're all Commies?

45 posted on 03/21/2010 4:01:52 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Ronbo1948
Canada isn’t a country - It’s the Balkans of North America with a bunch of diverse tribes who detest one another.

Really? The English speakers, the French speakers, the Muslims and the Natives. How exactly does that differ from us with American English speakers, American Spanish speakers, the Muslims and the Natives?

Think before you type.

46 posted on 03/21/2010 4:04:50 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: TheNewPundit
I think this guy needs an email from the Commandant of the Marine Corps advising him of actions the US military can take against any terrorist nation who holds a US citizen hostage.

Just surprise him.

47 posted on 03/21/2010 4:06:20 PM PDT by magslinger (Cry MALAISE! and let slip the dogs of incompetence.)
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To: Syncro
You will realize that Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression.

No, it puts unreasonable limits on the freedom of expression.

48 posted on 03/21/2010 4:18:19 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Syncro

Has Annie commented yet on this letter?


49 posted on 03/21/2010 4:22:49 PM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: voicereason
Actually, I don’t see anything sinister with this letter. It is just a mention of differences between Canadian and U.S. freedom of expression laws.

Yeah, but it's a 'mention' like "Nice little place you got here...."

50 posted on 03/21/2010 4:24:17 PM PDT by Grut
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