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Task force at Laurier releases draft statement on freedom of expression

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Freedom of expression continues to be a hot topic at Wilfrid Laurier University.

A task force on Freedom of Expression have released a draft statement, outlining the importance of allowing everyone to have a voice.

The chair of that task force Rob Gordon tells 570 NEWS the goal is to really highlight their commitment to creating a safe campus environment that welcomes free expression.

“But also, we’ve integrated into our statement strong assurances around providing opportunities for all voices to be heard,” he said, “Creating inclusive freedoms within our university.”

“We need to make that sure we are not censoring speech, but protecting speech. But also recognizing with that free expression, there’s a need for support for those marginalized communities within our university to feel supported and protected.”

He says the statement articulates situations to provide those freedoms.

“Providing ways of which we would support our community through encouraging such things as meaningful debate on sensitive topics,” Gordon says.

Right now, he says they’re in the process of getting feedback on it in hopes of getting it endorsed by the university’s senate.

CLICK HERE to see the full draft statement.

This comes on the heels of Faith Goldy, a far right journalist, being booked to return at the end of the month.

Gordon says she’ll be going to the University of Waterloo instead.