University of Waterloo takes a stand for free speech and Christie Blatchford’s Caledonia story

101207 UW Blatchford ticket stubsChristie Blatchford’s presentation at the University of Waterloo on Tuesday night went off without a hitch, without even a whimper of protest from Dan Kellar or the other self-appointed censors who intimidated the university into cancelling her scheduled Nov 12/10 appearance before it even began, and had promised to disrupt her second vist.

The Kitchener Record has a very good account of the evening for so I am free to devote this piece to giving credit where it is due – to the University of Waterloo, not only for ultimately defending academic freedom and freedom of speech, but for its masterful public relations work.

Before continuing, however, I feel compelled to share what many who have read Helpless and/or experienced the OPP’s race-based policing policies in Caledonia firsthand might regard as the quote of the evening (just one of many superb Blatchford-isms to which we were treated):

“The election of former OPP chief Julian Fantino – who she blames for abandoning the rule of law in Caledonia – to a federal seat in Vaughan “makes me want to slit my wrists,” she said.

DEFENDING FREE SPEECH:
Christie Blatchford and the University of Waterloo

Most observers agree that UW got caught flat-footed on Nov 12th by a small group of goons who should have been handcuffed and dragged out in order to preserve the precious academic freedom that is the lifeblood of an institution upon which policy makers rely for scholarly scrutiny of vital issues of local and national concern.

Certainly, Waterloo’s image took quite a bruising in the eyes of bloggers, journalists and academics. Dr. Frances Widdowson – the author of Disrobing the Aboriginal Dr. Frances Widdowson, organizer of 2010 New Directions in Aboriginal Policy forum, Mount Royal University, CalgaryIndustry who faced a vicious campaign of academic intimidation by occupation supporters after she invited Gary McHale and me to speak at the 2010 New Directions in Aboriginal Policy forum at Mount Royal University [LINK, LINK] – wrote what may be the best editorial of the entire Blatchford incident:

[…] It is now becoming standard practice to make unsubstantiated accusations about racism, sexism, homophobia, white supremacy, etc. to silence disliked, and possibly true, opinions. Christie Blatchford is the latest target of such smear tactics, and this will almost certainly happen again. Solidaritists watching the Blatchford affair will be emboldened by the University of Waterloo’s impotence; if these censors are not opposed, we will be effectively asking students to vet who is allowed to speak.

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Mark Vandermaas, Editor
VoiceofCanada
info@voiceofcanada.ca

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One response to “University of Waterloo takes a stand for free speech and Christie Blatchford’s Caledonia story

  1. “It is now becoming standard practice to make unsubstantiated accusations about racism, sexism, homophobia, white supremacy, etc. to silence disliked, and possibly true, opinions”

    Well, that may be the trend with the vulgar anti-intellectual left but this strategy is also the text book definition of defamatory libel. Perhaps the proper response to the libelous caterwalling of the extremist hordes is to sue them back into the stone age.

    Better yet, defaming a person falsely with the intent of exposing them to public hatred, ridicule and contempt with the goal of destroying their reputation and credibility is criminal defamation. Even unproven off hand taunts (racist, nazi, homophob etc.) fit the definition of criminal libel and there is some solid case precedent. CANACE has shown that it is a civil right to file a private criminal complaint and process the prosecution.

    I wish Christy Blatchford was a little more concerned about defamatory libel because she has several cinch cases against her detractors.

    VoC REPLY: Hi Bill…been doing some homework have we? 🙂 We are very aware of the criminal/civil remedies for defamation. Haven’t used the criminal one – yet.

    (There’s one particular woman who just resurfaced after hiding under her rock for a while who might find herself at the wrong end of one or both of them if she’s not careful.)

    BTW, haven’t had time to post this yet, but this should give you an idea of what $75 can do for you in Small Claims for defamation:

    http://www.caledoniawakeupcall.com/updates/101208regional.html

    This one paid off well, too, but I’m sure you’ve already seen it:

    http://caledoniavictimsproject.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/100714-21-teka-op-ed-healing-two-communities.pdf

    Got to go. Mark