Nipissing stands by honorary degree for Harris

June 10, 2010

Nipissing University president Lesley Lovett-Doust says former Ontario premier Mike Harris will indeed receive an honorary degree from the university despite opposition from the Ontario Teachers' Federation, which has suggested that some of its members may choose not to place Nipissing students in student-teacher positions in protest of the honour. Harris decries what he calls the "bully tactics" of the federation, telling the Toronto Star that if he were a teacher today, "I would be appalled at what my union is threatening to do with student teachers from Nipissing University." A graduate student interviewed by the National Post says Nipissing should have foreseen the consequences of awarding Harris an honorary degree, and says some students plan to protest at today's convocation. National Post | Toronto Star