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Lindsay Shepherd is a 22 year old post grad Teaching Assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada who was put on the hot seat for playing a short clip from a TV discussion/debate that included Jordan Peterson. Even though the TA remained neutral in presenting the topic to her class, there were evidently a few who were offended to the point of lodging a complaint. Dr. Peterson is an outspoken critic of Canada's C-16 law that includes the compelled use of preferred gender related pronouns. Lindsay Shepherd was to defend herself for creating a "toxic" environment to a trio of inquisitors. Her supervising professor was one and "The Manager of Gendered Violence Prevention and Support" was another. The 22 year old teaching assistant secretly taped the 40 min. meeting creating quite a stir after it was released and much embarrassment to the University. The recording of the meeting is linked.

Why Wilfrid Laurier University's president apologized to Lindsay Shepherd - Kitchener-Waterloo - CBC News


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In an interview with CBC, Wilfrid Laurier University's president and vice-chancellor Deborah MacLatchy explained why she apologized to Lindsay Shepherd, a teaching assistant who was recently sanctioned by the university.

Shepherd made international headlines this week after publicly disclosing how she was reprimanded for showing a controversial video in her class about whether people should use gender-neutral pronouns in class.

MacLatchy said the Waterloo, Ont. university regrets how the meeting between Shepherd and her professors were conducted.

"The issue was how the format of the meeting [that] was held and the discussion that went on about a question that had happened in the tutorial," said MacLatchy.

MacLatchy said she was "shocked" at how Shepherd was treated when she heard the recording of the meeting, which was publicly released by Shepherd on Tuesday.


"It's not who we are as a university and it doesn't represent what we stand for at Laurier," MacLatchy said.

Nathan Rambukkana, the professor who conducted the meeting with Shepherd, also apologized to her through an open letter.

MacLatchy said she wants to apologize to Shepherd in person and said her office has reached out to set up a meeting.

"We're waiting to hear back from her," she said.

Task force

The university is putting a task force together to provide an updated statement on how it should handle a situation like this. It has also launched a third-party investigation.

"We want to make sure we have full understanding of what happened and need to look at the recommendations from a neutral third party," MacLatchy said.

In an interview with CBC News Wednesday, Shepherd said she's glad Rambukkana and MacLatchy have apologized but doesn't think they had any other option.
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Lindsay Shepherd was accused of creating a toxic environment interpreted as violence against transgender students. She was told that she broke the law at the discretely recorded meeting. The exposure of the inquisition seems to validate much of Peterson's view that the innocuous sounding C-16 isn't innocuous at all.
What's going to happen as a result of the fact finding mission just completed by a supposedly partial lawyer named Centa? We have no idea because the report will not be made public but vice-chancellor MacLatchy is suppose to take some actions. Why wouldn't the 3 inquisitors be fired?


Christie Blatchford: Wilfrid Laurier investigation into Lindsay Shepherd affair complete, but public won’t see report | National Post
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these quotes Pretty much sum up the interrogation I managed to hear so far.

Lindsay Shepherd:In a university all perspectives are valid."
Wilfrid Laurier University inquisitor: "That's not necessarily the case"

sexual and gender issues
economic issues
religious issues
and in areas of science
there's a CANNON of proper beliefs on too many university campuses. Stray from those beliefs and you can be ostracized, punished or outcast (reprimanded, failed, not given tenure, not given research time at facilities, fired, blackballed, etc.) for blasphemy.

Sad situation , part of what's sadder is that the reaction to it is partly fueled by those on the extreme from the other side rather than solid voices that really respect freedom of speech and thought in an open environment.

I'm growing increasingly jaded. maybe i'm just slow to realize that our wonderful IDEALS of society just exceed our capacity as human beings to live them out.
And That in it self is an odd confirmation that Human beings are fallen creatures in need of God.
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these quotes Pretty much sum up the interrogation I managed to hear so far.

Lindsay Shepherd:In a university all perspectives are valid."
Wilfrid Laurier University inquisitor: "That's not necessarily the case"

sexual and gender issues
economic issues
religious issues
and in areas of science
there's a CANNON of proper beliefs on too many university campuses. Stray from those beliefs and you can be ostracized, punished or outcast (reprimanded, failed, not given tenure, not given research time at facilities, fired, blackballed, etc.) for blasphemy.

Sad situation , part of what's sadder is that the reaction to it is partly fueled by those on the extreme from the other side rather than solid voices that really respect freedom of speech and thought in an open environment.

I'm growing increasingly jaded. maybe i'm just slow to realize that our wonderful IDEALS of society just exceed our capacity as human beings to live them out.
And That in it self is an odd confirmation that Human beings are fallen creatures in need of God.

Deborah MacLatchy, Vice-Chancellor just released a written response to the inquisition case facts absolving Lindsay Shepherd, stating that the meeting should never have happened, and that the policies/law were misapplied. She is vague and slippery on what the changes may be and the consequences, if any, for the 3 accusers who proceeded without even having a formal complaint from the offended student(s). I wonder if C-16 will be looked at again in Parliament for adjustments and clarifications. The compelled pronouns should be tossed.

https://wlu.ca/news/spotlights/2017/...er-report.html
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