uToronto students rally against Munk gift

April 8, 2011

On Thursday, approximately 100 University of Toronto students and a handful of faculty members staged a noisy demonstration to protest a gift from philanthropist Peter Munk they worry could lead to corporate influence in university research. The students and professors were joined briefly by American intellectual Noam Chomsky, who had been speaking on campus about the growing privatization of universities. Demonstrators were opposing Munk's $35-million donation last year for a new school of global affairs, which they alleged is tainted by claims that Munk's global gold mining operations are guilty of pollution and human rights violations. uToronto president David Naylor has said that all donors sign an agreement that bars them from shaping academic policies or curriculum. ParentCentral.ca