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Free Speech and Buffer Zones Discussion Panel

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Jackman Law Building, Moot Court Room (J250)

78 Queen's Park Crescent

Toronto, ON M5S 2C5

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This panel will explore critical questions about the competing rights and freedoms of anti-abortion protestors, counter-protestors, and the public. Specifically, the panellists will provide various perspectives on how to balance these rights in the context of pseudo-public spaces like universities.

The current discourse around “buffer zones” has recently intersected with debates about how free speech should be defined within post-secondary institutions. Following Ontario’s February 2018 implementation of buffer zone legislation prohibiting protests near facilities that provide abortion services, student groups have advocated for similar protections in the post-secondary context. Other controversies with university speakers prompted the Province to get involved when Premier Ford mandated that post-secondary institutions develop policies to protect free speech on their campuses. Canadian universities face unique challenges as they try to balance their responsibilities as publicly-funded organizations while maintaining their academic autonomy. How can universities balance the competing rights and freedoms of protestors, speakers, and the public? Does Canada’s current legal framework have the conceptual resources to handle these kinds of issues?


Panellists (PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR AN UPDATED LIST!):

*** Yasir Naqvi

Former Attorney General of Ontario
CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC)

*** Cara Zwibel

Director, Fundamental Freedoms Program, Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)

*** Daniel Santoro

Constitutional Lawyer

*** Adam Goldenberg

Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

*** Sarah Doucette

Former Toronto City Councillor for Ward 13

*** Suze Morrison

MPP for Toronto Centre
Parliamentary Critic for Housing & Women's Issues


A light dinner will be served.


Accessibility:

The entrance to the Jackman Law Building from Queen's Park Crescent has an accessible ramp. The Jackman Law Building can also be entered via Flavelle House (the main door beside the driveway). The rear entrance to the Jackman Law Building from beside the Hoskin Ave. gates on Philosopher's Walk also has an accessible ramp, but note the slope is quite extended.

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