Global Survey of Academic Freedom Issues in 2015 [Post 3 of a Series]

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Canada—University of New Brunswick St. Johns

Ricardo Duchesne, a sociology professor for more than two decades at the University of New Brunswick Saint Johns, wrote an article “that suggested an increase in Asian immigrants was threatening Canada’s traditional European makeup.” The article received national attention, and Kerry Jang, a faculty member at the University of British Columbia who is also a  Vancouver city councillor, filed a formal complaint with the University of New Brunswick. Asserting that the opinions expressed by Duchesne are based on nothing more than stereotypes that are both “racist and inaccurate,” Jang argued that Duchesne was “using his university credentials to legitimize his own personal views” and ought to be censured for what amounts to an abuse of academic freedom: “’With academic freedom comes great responsibility so to talk about these things, you must also talk about alternate perception. You have to provide a full range of…

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