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Uproar over Ann Coulter Speech Cancellation Continues
LifeSiteNews.com -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | March 26, 2010 | By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

Posted on 03/26/2010 2:14:08 PM PDT by topher

Friday March 26, 2010


Uproar over Ann Coulter Speech Cancellation Continues

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

OTTAWA, March 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Repercussions continue to reverberate across Canada following the cancellation of Ann Coulter's scheduled talk at the University of Ottawa on Tuesday. The speech was canceled after organizers and security officials expressed concerns that they could not guarantee Coulter's safety, due to a crowd of protesters, reportedly up to 2,000 strong.

Numerous commentators are decrying what they consider the erosion of free speech evidenced by the cancellation, and the broader implications that recent events have for Canadian society.

On Thursday Senator Doug Finley rose in the Senate to give notice that he would "call the attention of the Senate to the issue of the erosion of Freedom of Speech in our country" by means of an inquiry to be held as early as next week.

Senate rules stipulate that a minimum of two days must elapse before a sponsoring senator can speak to an inquiry he or she would like to initiate. This means that Senator Finley is expected to speak to the issue next Tuesday at the earliest. (See Hansard record of Finley’s notice here.)

Conservative blogger and political commentator Stephen Taylor remarked that Senator Finley's move "is likely in reaction to recent events by university officials and students at the University of Ottawa to intimidate US conservative commentator Ann Coulter from appearing on campus."

Taylor also observed that, "The Senator will also rise during a time when federal and provincial human rights commissions have run amok, hearing complaints by politically offended groups and individuals."

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (AUT), which represents more than 67,000 academic and general staff at colleges and universities across Canada, has waded into the fray with a letter to University of Ottawa Provost Francois Houle demanding he apologize to Ann Coulter for the letter he wrote to her, in which he hinted at the possibility of criminal charges if she did not weigh her words “with respect and civility in mind.”

"We feel you [Houle] owe an apology to Ms. Coulter and, even more importantly, you owe the University of Ottawa community an assurance that the administration of the university strongly supports freedom of expression, academic freedom and views the role of the university as fostering and defending these values," wrote the group.

AUT President Penni Stewart and executive director James Turk added that Mr. Houle's action also "raises serious questions about the University of Ottawa's respect for freedom of expression and academic freedom."

The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) issued a press release on Thursday lambasting, "The University of Ottawa’s appalling behavior towards Ann Coulter," and warning about the negative effect of “mob rule” on Canadian universities.

"Mob rule on Canadian universities should trouble all Canadians," said CCBR Co-Founder and Executive Director Stephanie Gray. "The University of Ottawa’s appalling behavior towards Ann Coulter is the most recent example of how universities are ceasing to be a place of higher learning. By sending Coulter a letter warning her not to violate Canada’s hate speech rules, the university seems to suggest that controversial speech could be illegal."

The statement continued on to say that, "The CCBR urges universities to combat the stifling of free speech just because it is deemed ‘offensive’ by a small group of angry students."

"This highlights a disturbing trend in Canada: bullies have been taught that they need only shout, threaten to disrupt an event, or mis-label people or activities as ‘hate’ or ‘harassment’ and the innocent will be censored. All too often the authorities listen to these thugs and limit or suppress peaceful speech for fear of what the bullies will do. This is especially true of pro-life speech."

The CCBR release (available here) goes on to describe instances of “mob rule” at Canadian universities, where protesters have disrupted or shut down numerous school-approved pro-life and pro-free-speech events.

Ann Coulter's scheduled appearance in Calgary on Thursday was well-received, however, with only a few dozen protesters standing around outside the Red and White Club at Calgary's McMahon Stadium, where organizers had moved the event to accommodate the close to 1000 students and ticketholders who came to hear her speak.

CHQR radio reported that the protesters "banged on the walls of the building and one protester broke the glass door at the front of the building, but there were no other reports of violent incidents" and the handful of police on hand made no arrests.


See previous LSN coverage:

U of Ottawa Student Rioters Shut Down Ann Coulter Talk
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/mar/10032409.html

Ottawa University Provost to Ann Coulter: Be Respectful or Else!
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/mar/10032309.html

URL: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/mar/10032604.html


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TOPICS: Canada; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; coulter; ottawa; speech
Apparently, there is an actual outcry over the threats and cancellation of the speech by Ann Coulter at the University of Ottawa.
1 posted on 03/26/2010 2:14:09 PM PDT by topher
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To: topher

I keep seeing media outlets saying Coulter’s people cancelled the appearance. Ann made it clear the University made the decidion. She got a call and was told the show was off - saftey concerns. Almost like that was plan all along.


2 posted on 03/26/2010 2:15:57 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: topher

Maybe they will let her speak if someone holds the key switch to th emicrophone to stifle her at their whims!


3 posted on 03/26/2010 2:17:44 PM PDT by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS, TRAITORS AND UFO CHASERS!!!)
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To: topher

Canada don’t need no steekin’ freedom of speech, eh?


4 posted on 03/26/2010 2:18:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We've got an expanding, fat porker government demanding that WE get skinny! I don't get it!)
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To: topher

Hahaha, the nutjobs shot themselves in the foot.

And Ann’s just the lady to be in the midst of this fracas.


5 posted on 03/26/2010 2:18:32 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: topher

I will wait to see if the communist thugs in Ottawa will actually face opposition or consequences.


6 posted on 03/26/2010 2:18:34 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: topher
If a Muslim in Ottawa screamed "Kill the Jews!" in Arabic, would that be "provocative hate speech", actionable under Canadian laws?

Didn't think so.

7 posted on 03/26/2010 2:20:48 PM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
You wrote:

Canada don’t need no steekin’ freedom of speech, eh?

Freedom of Speech in Canada is considered a hatecrime -- unless you are spewing hate towards conservatives and calling for killing conservatives like Ann.

I remember how media people in the United States were calling for the hate rape of Michelle Malkin and how she deserved it...

8 posted on 03/26/2010 2:21:44 PM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: topher

OH! CANADA!


9 posted on 03/26/2010 2:23:19 PM PDT by Gum Shoe (You live to serve this ship. Row well, and live.)
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To: topher

CHQR radio reported that the protesters “banged on the walls of the building and one protester broke the glass door at the front of the building, but there were no other reports of violent incidents” and the handful of police on hand made no arrests.

A protestor breaks the glass door and no arrest is made?
Glad I don’t live in Canada.


10 posted on 03/26/2010 2:23:38 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: topher

When I see things like this, I wish that the mythical “crap cannon” really existed (sound waves cause protesters to lose control of their bowels).

Of course, I have little doubt that most, if not all, of these “tolerant” students were still wearing diapers, and likely would not have noticed...


11 posted on 03/26/2010 2:24:11 PM PDT by SpinyNorman (Carbon credits are designed to be the slush fund of the New World Order.)
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To: topher

I had a feeling that Ann would end up beating these libs over the head with their own hypocrisy.

She stays at least 2 steps ahead of these morons all the time.

You’d think they’d learn but I’m glad they don’t! LOL!


12 posted on 03/26/2010 2:24:16 PM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: ReneeLynn

Ann is bringing the First Amendment to Canada, it could really use it.


13 posted on 03/26/2010 2:24:18 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: topher
Ugh, freedom of speech determined by bureaucrats,I hope Canada disbands that stupid panel.
14 posted on 03/26/2010 2:25:16 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Regulator

It would not be “provocative hate speech” in English.
Or French, German, Russian, Swedish, Farsi, Spanish, or most other languages. Especially on campus. Type of free speech protected in (fill in country)


15 posted on 03/26/2010 2:28:25 PM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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To: topher

I remember all those Canadian leftists bragging about how much more “civilized” Canada is than the nasty old USA. I wonder how many of them participated in this riot.


16 posted on 03/26/2010 2:30:27 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Here's what the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has to say on the topic:

Fundamental freedoms

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

(a) freedom of conscience and religion;

(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;

(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and

(d) freedom of association.


The mini-fascists in the mob don't represent a majority Canadian view.

The (so called) Human Rights Commissions have been acting unconstitutionally (IMHO). Most Canadians were simply not aware of how far the rot had gotten. We're waking up now.
17 posted on 03/26/2010 2:30:34 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

I’ve got a feeling that we here in America may have to join forces with you Canadians in order to stop this wave of communism. Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve joined together to stop tyranny.


18 posted on 03/26/2010 2:34:34 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We've got an expanding, fat porker government demanding that WE get skinny! I don't get it!)
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To: topher

Liberal fantasy.


19 posted on 03/26/2010 2:36:23 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: ozzymandus
You have to remember, that by leftist standards, the height of "civilization" is the anthill. Canada is beginning to whiff of formic acid .
20 posted on 03/26/2010 2:48:26 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: topher

So if a mob of 2000 white supremacists came out in protest of Obama, they would also just throw their hands up in the air and say the same thing, right?


21 posted on 03/26/2010 2:51:55 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: topher
Universities take up way to much of our tax dollars. We should cut the curriculum to things that objectively improve the public well-being i.e. engineer, medicine etc.

This would mean cutting out things that basically give unpleasant, not-to-bright people easy lifestyles like gender studies, Howard Zinn B.S. history and such.

Money would be save, society would be improved.

22 posted on 03/26/2010 2:52:21 PM PDT by Tribune7 (Only stupid, racists people support Obama.)
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To: ozzymandus

“I remember all those Canadian leftists bragging about how much more “civilized” Canada is than the nasty old USA.”

Liberals in Canada and the US have psychotic opinions of themselves, when, in fact, they’re all drooling, knuckle-dragging neanderthals. Remember, 70 years ago liberals in the US and Canada were standing on streetcorners screaming “Seig Heil!”

Even the liberal’s hero, FDR, turned away the ship “St. Louis” filled with Jewish refugees and sent them back to the ovens in Nazi Germany in 1939. Liberals are scum and prove it century after century, decade by decade and year after year.


23 posted on 03/26/2010 3:00:40 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: tet68

is philadelphia in canada?


24 posted on 03/26/2010 3:22:08 PM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives -)
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To: fanfan; Clive
Anne Coulter has Houle by the hose. And now Houle hoser is about to be in for the ride of his life.

I am glad to see a continuing uproar.Perhaps it will free Canadians a bit, which is what ANNE is REALLY about.

ANNE....FREE THE CANADIANS FROM LIBERAL FASCISM!!

25 posted on 03/26/2010 3:22:41 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: aumrl

is philadelphia in canada?

As far as I’m concerned it might as well be.


26 posted on 03/26/2010 3:28:15 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: sergeantdave
Remember, 70 years ago liberals in the US and Canada were standing on streetcorners screaming “Seig Heil!”

I believe that was "Sieg Heil!"

27 posted on 03/26/2010 3:37:06 PM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: Candor7
This has awoken a bunch of Canadians who weren't paying attention before.

Thank you Anne Coulter and Ezra Levant!

28 posted on 03/26/2010 3:40:58 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: fanfan
Anne liberates Canada without firing even one shistol pot!

LOL.

29 posted on 03/26/2010 3:45:01 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: Candor7
Our Liberal politicians have been much more shrill and defensive on every topic they've spoken about this week.

I'd say Ann and Ezra have gotten to them. Also, Bourque keeps referring to Iggy as Iffy, and the media in general have been comparing Iggy to Dion.

*snort*

30 posted on 03/26/2010 3:50:23 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: fanfan

Sweet! I love it when conservatism becomes popular!

Give em hell too fan!


31 posted on 03/26/2010 4:03:47 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: jimfree

“I believe that was “Sieg Heil!”

I’ll take your word for it. Your German spelling is better than mine.

Sieg Heil or Seig Heil, it all led to the same hell.

Sieg Hiel!!! you fascist bastards. We’re coming to get you, correct spelling or not.

(Think that might fit on a battle flag? Live free or die is better.)


32 posted on 03/26/2010 4:15:41 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: topher
From www.coulterincanada.com:


33 posted on 03/26/2010 4:20:09 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: RonDog; Candor7

You really like that picture, eh, Ron Dog?

;-)


34 posted on 03/26/2010 4:37:56 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: fanfan

He admits he’s a dog. LOL!


35 posted on 03/26/2010 4:45:11 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: topher

and the handful of police on hand made no arrests.


And this is why these thugs will continue to block all efforts at speech they don’t like. They are either not arrested at all or are slapped on the wrist for even the most violent charges. Arrest and jail these scum and make life difficult for them and we’d see less of these unruly mobs and troublemakers.


36 posted on 03/26/2010 4:48:47 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey (The bigger the government = The smaller the people)
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To: patriciaruth

True, LOL.

Can’t blame a dog for being a dog.

How are you doing?


37 posted on 03/26/2010 5:14:56 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: fanfan; RonDog
You really like that picture>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

*sniff*

*SNORT*

Photobucket

38 posted on 03/26/2010 6:17:47 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to antekee up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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