uWaterloo completes review of protest against pro-life MP

May 3, 2013

In March, pro-life Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth was blocked by protesters from delivering a lecture at the University of Waterloo. The university's president, Feridun Hamdullahpur, reviewed the incident to ensure that all invited speakers, whatever the topic, are able to speak in a safe and productive environment. Hamdullahpur has concluded the review, which focuses on the following items: communications between uWaterloo authorities and bookings teams have been examined to ensure discussions around potentially contentious events are clear and unambiguous as possible; authorities have reflected on the process by which enhanced security measures are established if the appropriate authorities determine they are required; and standard police procedures in place in the Department of Police Services have been codified for use in the management of protests, expressly protecting freedom of expression. uWaterloo has also identified a number of the individuals who participate in the protest. Identified individuals who are not uWaterloo students have been notified that their access to campus shall be limited or denied until further notice. uWaterloo students identified may face discipline under the institution's student discipline policy. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin