University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson told LifeSiteNews Wednesday night he has no intention of obeying a directive in the University of Toronto’s “cease and desist” letter to stop talking and blogging about transgender pronouns.
“No I’m bloody well not giving in,” he said. “The bloody cowards. I’m very disappointed with the University of Toronto for not standing up for free speech but it’s not unexpected. I guess they don’t think it’s very important. The university is dead.”
Peterson went on the warpath two weeks ago against what he called “totalitarian” federal and provincial legislation and human rights regulations requiring institutions and companies to ensure their employees address students, staff and the public with the pronouns appropriate to the gender of their choice. But he said he would use the pronouns with his students called for by their biological sex.
But in three videos he insisted he would use the pronouns appropriate to their sex and objected to the climate of repression caused by federal and provincial anti-discrimination laws and the university’s order to its human resources employees to take anti-discrimination instruction.
The videos went viral. He was condemned by transgender groups, targeted at a protest, and at a free speech rally in his support, his speech drowned out by yells and “white noise” from his opponents.
Now the university has sent him a letter, signed by arts and science dean David Cameron and faculty and academic life vice-provost Sioban Nelson, paying lip service to free speech, then accusing him of violating the rights of his transgender students.
“Your statements that you will refuse to refer to transgendered persons using gender neutral pronouns if they ask you to do so are contrary to the rights of those persons to equal treatment without discrimination based on their ‘gender identity’ and gender expression,’” their letter states.
The letter reports that violence has been threatened against trans students and implies his videos are to blame. “We trust that these impacts on students and others were not your intention in making these remarks. … However, in view of these impacts, as well as the requirements of the Ontario Human Rights Code, we urge you to stop repeating these statements.”
“What they’ve done is they talked to their lawyers who’ve told them they could be charged with breaking the law if they let me continue to say what I’m saying,” Peterson told LifeSiteNews.
He said the university was itself giving in to pressure from a tiny group called the Black Liberation Collective, which, he claimed, “refuses to disavow violence,” and yet he is the one being implicitly accused of inciting violence. ..
Friday, October 21, 2016
The University of Toronto cares more about creating a climate of political correctness than it does in fostering intellectual development
Thursday, October 20, 2016
...the United States has left a trail of destruction in every country it claims to have helped including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and now, Yemen.
After propping up Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, two terrorist-producing countries, perhaps America’s downward slide, seen in the context of its farcical presidential election, is nature’s way of settling scores.
The trouble is the Islamists do not simply seek the destruction of America.
They seek the end of civilization as we know it, and pray for an Armageddon promised in the books of Islamic sharia.
But who will pick up the baton from America as the giant falls?
It won’t be Europe, as Mark Steyn has correctly predicted, and certainly not the authoritarian regimes of China or Russia.
On Tuesday, The Independent reported on just one of the sledgehammer tactics adopted by China to fight rising Islamism among its Muslim minority.
Beijing is calling on people to report their neighbours, friends and relatives for “luring minors into religious activities".
New education rules coming into force in Xinjiang Nov. 1, threaten to remove children from their parents’ care and send them to “receive rectification” at specialist schools.
Notwithstanding the medieval ideology of the Islamists, China’s and Russia’s iron-hand authoritarianism will produce the opposite effect of what we want.
The one country that can take a lead in this global endeavour, post-America, is India....
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
...Currently, the administration at the University of Toronto is deciding how to deal with a controversial professor, Jordan Peterson. Via media interviews and self-produced YouTube videos, Peterson has gone public with his concern that ideology is trumping factual evidence in academia; he contends that when certain facts offend the sensibilities of historically marginalized groups, the facts are required to “change” or be suppressed.
While his observations and arguments about the state of university culture are numerous and nuanced, what has generated the most media attention, and the most outrage from some groups on his own campus, is his public declaration that he will not use genderless pronouns — such as “they” — if asked to do so by a student who does not identify as “he” or “she.”
Last Wednesday, the U of T students’ union sent an open letter to administration demanding they wring an apology from Peterson and get him to remove his lectures from YouTube. Administrators were also told that in the future they must defend students against “prejudiced” comments from tenured professors.
It is my hope that U of T administration has the good sense to ignore these demands. Not because Peterson is right (I reserve judgment there) but because stifling free expression is wrong and it is heinously wrong when a university — a place supposedly dedicated to the free exchange of ideas — is the arbiter of that oppression.
Beyond the fact that freedom of expression is the key defence against totalitarianism, there is another reason U of T administrators should allow Peterson to continue unabated. Simply put, it is better for the students who are protesting.
University, at its best, tries to create opportunities to stretch students’ intellectual abilities. Here is such an opportunity and it has arisen organically. If Peterson is wrong, let these protesting students mount an intellectual offensive that is factually superior to his. It is intellectually lazy and worse, cowardly, to ask the administration to do their “homework” for them...
The University of Toronto has responded and the Administration's decision is cowardly and despicable. Abandoning any pretense at being a place that values free speech or genuine intellectual inquiry, it has decided to muzzle Jordan Peterson and deprive him of the right to express himself in a way he thinks is logical and appropriate.
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is suggesting electoral reform might not happen after all, despite an election promise that last year's vote would be the last one under the existing system.
And he also suggested there's less need for electoral reform now that the Conservatives are out of power.
Trudeau made the comments in an interview with Quebec newspaper Le Devoir. Speaking in French, he said the Liberal government will only change the first-past-the-post system if Canadians are open to it.
"We're not going to prejudge that it's necessary," Trudeau told Le Devoir.
The prime minister suggested Canadians are happier with the existing system now that Stephen Harper is out of office.
"With the current system, they now have a government with which they're happier. And the need to change the electoral system is less compelling," Trudeau said..."
Voter fraud operative: 45 meetings w/ Obama--this merits a serious criminal investigation (not a James Comey "friends and family" cover-up). https://t.co/o1CFnt0KRr— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 19, 2016
Sen. Ted Cruz called for a “serious criminal investigation” into multiple visits to the White House by Democratic consultant Robert Creamer after undercover videos showed he was involved in hiring protesters to disrupt Donald Trump events.
“Voter fraud operative: 45 meetings w/ Obama—this merits a serious criminal investigation (not a James Comey ‘friends and family’ cover-up),” the Texas Republican tweeted Wednesday, referring to Mr. Comey, FBI director.
Mr. Cruz’s comment came after the Daily Caller reported that White that Mr. Creamer has paid 342 visits to the White House, including 47 with Mr. Obama, since 2009.
The founder of Democracy Partners, Mr. Creamer announced Tuesday that he would step away from his work on the Democratic presidential campaign after undercover videos released by Project Veritas Action showed him discussing voter fraud and hired agitators at Republican campaign rallies...
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Mayor de Blasio on Friday demanded the resignation of a Board of Elections commissioner who said in an undercover video that the city’s municipal ID program is contributing to voter fraud at the polls.
Evidence emerges suggesting Clinton colluded with the FBI, Justice Department and State Department “to cover up criminal activity"
...Kennedy asked that the FBI’s classification level on an email related to the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, be changed. Kennedy said that would ensure the document would be archived, “never to be seen again.”
The FBI did not change the classification level. The Associated Press reported about the secret Benghazi-related email in May 2015.
Trump’s campaign seized on the newly released FBI records as evidence of collusion within the Obama administration to protect Clinton.
Trump adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said in a statement that the documents “provide undeniable proof” that Clinton colluded with the FBI, Justice Department and State Department “to cover up criminal activity at the highest levels.”
He said Clinton “has recklessly put our national security at extreme risk.”
Meanwhile, Clinton’s camp is facing yet another embarrassing trove of hacked emails released by WikiLeaks...
Hillary Clinton’s campaign spokesman urged a blanket denial that she ever sent classified information through her private e-mail system because anything less emphatic could open her to charges that she broke the law, according to the latest batch of e-mails purportedly stolen from her campaign and posted by WikiLeaks.
“We should not think it is fine to find something that ‘should have been classified at the time,”’ Brian Fallon, the spokesman, wrote other top campaign officials on Aug. 22, 2015, as they debated a statement Clinton would make on her use of an e-mail server in her home. "Our position is that no such material exists, else it could be said she mishandled classified info,” Fallon wrote.
Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin said Thursday that the campaign won’t confirm whether the messages are authentic.
The Democratic presidential candidate’s shifting explanations of her reliance on her own e-mail system for work-related messages when she was secretary of State is a major campaign issue. In Sunday’s debate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told her “you’d be in jail” for mishandling classified information if he were president...
Monday, October 17, 2016
New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum, a newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner, spent the Republican National Convention pen-pricking presidential nominee Donald Trump as a misogynist shyster running an “ugly and xenophobic campaign.”
What Nussbaum didn’t disclose in her dispatches: she contributed $250 to Democrat Hillary Clinton in April.
On the nation’s left coast, Les Waldron, an Emmy Award-winning assignment editor at television station KFMB, the CBS affiliate in San Diego, swung right in July, shooting $28 to Trump.
And Carole Simpson, a former ABC “World News Tonight” anchor who in 1992 became the first African-American woman to moderate a presidential debate, is not moderate about her personal politics: the current Emerson College distinguished journalist-in-residence and regular TV news guest has givenClinton $2,800.
Conventional journalistic wisdom holds that reporters and editors are referees on politics’ playing field — bastions of neutrality who mustn’t root for Team Red or Team Blue, either in word or deed.
But during this decidedly unconventional election season, during which “the media” has itself become a prominent storyline, several hundred news professionals have aligned themselves with Clinton or Trump by personally donating money to one or the other...
A United Nations department has barred a Canadian online news outlet from attending next month’s Conference of the Parties (COP 22) in Morocco.
Earlier this month, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat informed The Rebel, the right wing news and opinion platform published by political commentator Ezra Levant, it was rejecting the outlet’s application to send a producer and a reporter to COP22 on the grounds that “advocacy media outlets do not qualify for accreditation.”
The Rebel had made arrangements for its Alberta bureau chief Sheila Gunn Reid and producer Meaghan MacSween to be in Marrakesh when the conference takes place November 7 to 18. Their applications for media accreditation to UNFCCC were denied and an application for a cameraman is yet to receive a response.
“The UN can’t stand having three skeptical journalists out of 3,000 journalists they’re accrediting — most of whom love the UN’s global warming agenda,” Levant said in an interview. “What a perfect symbol of the UN and the global warming debate: intolerant of dissent, arrogant and undemocratic. And sad proof that the journalists who will be attending Marrakech are all UN-approved.”...
A senior Labour campaigner came on to LBC to insist the party does not have a problem with anti-semitism, then accused Israel of "exploiting" the Holocaust
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi told Nick Ferrari that the issue of anti-semitism within Labour has "been blown out of all proportion".
But during the interview, Ms Wimborne-Idrissi, who is the Co-chair of Labour in Chingford, claimed that Israel has "inflicted" the Holocaust on other people...