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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

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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