The Gauntlet / Free speech Archives - The Gauntlet

Tagged Free speech

U of C drafting government-mandated statement on free expression

By Gayathri Peringod, October 10 2019— The University of Calgary is currently drafting their government-mandated statement on free expression, to be released in December 2019.  During this week’s Students’ Legislative Council meeting held on Tuesday evening, elected student representatives of the Students’ Union listened to a presentation from university provost and vice president academic Dru…

What you say online rightfully has consequences

By Aymen Sherwani, February 28 2019 — Over the years, Twitter has shifted from being a place where self-proclaimed indie users posted pictures of their kombucha hashtagged #SoUnique to a serious social media platform that politicians, celebrities, academics, journalists and other public figures use to reach larger audiences. Tweets are taken as serious representations of the individuals who send…

Don’t shy away from talking about sensitive topics

By Calum Robertson, November 21 2018 — My grandfather often told me that I should avoid discussing religion and politics in conversation, so as to remain respectful and polite. This sentiment still seems to persist today, as the art of discussion and debate on controversial issues and beliefs outside of the classroom seems to be on…

There is no free speech problem at Canadian post-secondaries

September 20 2018 —  At the beginning of the school year, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a policy threatening funding cuts to Ontario post-secondary institutions should they not adopt ‘strong free-speech policies’ — whatever that means — by Jan. 1, 2019. Though the policy passed in Ontario will not affect post-secondary institutions in Alberta, it still…

Phrases like ‘social justice warrior’ harm discussion and expression of ideas

By Andrew Kemle, Nov. 29 2017 — Lately, online discussions surrounding social justice issues have featured pejorative or derogatory phrases like “social justice warrior,” “regressive leftist” or even the alt-right’s favorite word, “cuck.” Even right-wing news outlets like Breitbart and The Rebel frequently devolve into using these words in their headlines. These labels are meaningless….

Mystery behind cleaned rock solved as student comes forward

By Sean Willett, July 28 2017 — The mystery of who cleaned the paint off of one of the University of Calgary’s iconic rocks has been solved. Hamish Tregarthen, a second-year student studying anthropology and women’s studies, worked with a group of other students to remove paint from the rock outside of MacKimmie Library Tower…

Controversial paint cleaned off rock by unknown party

By Sean Willett, July 12 2017 — University of Calgary students this summer may be surprised to see that one of the school’s iconic ‘rocks’ — campus fixtures on which students are allowed to paint messages — has had many of its layers of paint removed. With both the U of C and the Students’…

Hiring | Staff | Advertising | Contact | PDF version | Archive | Volunteer