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No Free Speech on Four Canadian Campuses

Students at Canadian campuses have refused to allow three right-to-life clubs and one male-awareness group on the grounds that they don’t like what the clubs’ missions. The student union at the University of Toronto (Mississauga) refused to re-recognize the campus club “Students for Life” because of its “stance on abortion.” (It can’t be an anti-abortion club because it’s anti-abortion.)

“Speak for the Weak” was not recognized at Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology because allowing the club would violate “human rights” and constitute “systemic societal oppression.”

Ryerson University’s refused to allow a men’s awareness group that would have worked on homelessness, workplace injuries, men’s higher suicide rates, and their greater failure in schools. It currently has a female president and half its membership is female. But Ryerson’s student union said that the “Woman and Trans collective” was already working on these problems, and besides, men have “systemic privilege,” and a club devoted to men’s problems would make women feel “unsafe.”

Three of the would-be clubs took their case to Ontario Superior Court, which dismissed them all with unusually airy rhetoric saying there is “no entitlement to union club status, and official status has nothing to do with freedom to associate or freedom of expression.” But club status on campus allows participants in clubs a week to recruit new members, book meeting rooms for free, advertise events on campus, and host guest speakers.