Wokism cannot ignore critical pluralism

Each year, in the section Le Devoir de philo, we publish an abridged version of the winning text of the Philosopher contest, which is held in the (Quebec) college network. For the 2022 edition, the question was: Is the future woke? Reda Hessi Student at Jean-de-Brébeuf College Le Devoir, January 14th, 2023 “Stay woke”, warned […]

Security and dignity, new pretexts for censorship

Patrick Moreau is a professor of literature in Montreal, editor-in-chief of the journal Argument and essayist. His publications include “Ces mots qui pensent à notre place” (These words that think for us – Liber, 2017) and “La prose d’Alain Grandbois, ou lire et relire Les voyages de Marco Polo” (Nota bene, 2019). Le Devoir, January […]

Unrest at the university

By Normand Baillargeon * Le Devoir, Montréal, January 15th, 2023 I am currently editing lectures given by my dear Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) in 1950. In them he addresses the question of the philosophical and political conception of the individual. He inspires me to reflect on what I consider to be some troubling aspects of current […]

Complaints about the exclusion of white men from calls for candidates

Marco Fortier & Anne-Marie Provost Le Devoir, November 26, 2022 A call for applications at Laval University (UL) for the position of Canada Research Chair in Canada-Quebec History, which excludes white men, has prompted a professor who feels his rights have been violated to file a complaint with the Quebec and Canadian Human Rights Commission. “We are […]

The art of instilling critical thinking in students

Anne-Marie Provost Le Devoir, Montreal, October 22, 2022 Philippe Longchamps, a native of Sherbrooke who has been teaching in Sweden for several years, sometimes likes to confuse his students. After long hours of teaching them the opposite, he claims for a good hour that… the Earth is flat. “I make them believe that I taught […]

Open Letter to the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)

Concerning the Hijab Worn by Young Girls The controversy continues in the case of the photo of a little girl wearing the hijab, published on the cover of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The very relevant letter from eminent pediatric surgeon, Dr Sherif Emil, entitled “Don’t use an instrument of oppression as a symbol […]

Call to create an Academic Freedom Act

Marco Fortier, Le Devoir, December 15, 2021 An independent commission set up by Quebec’s Minister of Higher Education recommends the adoption of a law on academic freedom to protect professors from censorship and guarantee students’ “right to learn”. “All ideas and subjects without exception can be debated in a rational and argued manner within universities,” […]

Memoire to the Committee on Academic Freedom – University of Ottawa

Jean Delisle

By Jean Delisle, Translation Professor Emeritus of the University Ottawa. The Honourable Justice Michel Bastarache, President Committee on Academic Freedom University of Ottawa Monsieur le Juge,             Thank you for the opportunity to share my views on academic freedom and freedom of expression. I am a professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa, where I […]