AB extends deadline for universities to adopt free speech guidelines

August 2, 2019

The Government of Alberta has extended the deadline for universities in Alberta to adopt free speech guidelines to mid-December. Other postsecondary institutions in the province have indicated that they are currently drafting freedom of speech policies, preparing to discuss related principals at upcoming meetings, or that they have struck committees to examine the issue. The Toronto Star states that some members of the community are concerned that such policies may have a negative effect on postsecondary institutions. “Once you say that all ideas are equal, then nothing matters anymore. All of the ways that we produce knowledge in the institution become meaningless,” said UAlberta Lecturer Shama Rangwala, who recently wrote a piece critiquing the Chicago Principles of free speech. The Star (Subscription Required) (AB)