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In September 2015, Port Alberni mom Candice Servatius was shocked to learn that her two elementary-aged children had participated in an aboriginal smudging ceremony. The district claims that these are "cultural practices." This is true, but misses the point.
The law should not allow UVic to become a lesser and distorted version of itself, by denying students the right to peacefully express unpopular opinions. It's time to return universities to their central mandate of educating robust, thinking minds.
Universities are spaces meant to encourage free expression. In 2007, former UBC president Stephen Toope said this in response to a proposed academic boycott of Israeli schools: "If a university is not...