|Lindsay Shepherd, crusher of dreams. [sarc]|
"I wonder if my mere presence is simply too triggering now."
That's how graduate student Lindsay Shepherd, who caused an uproar at Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University by showing undergraduates a gender-neutral pronoun debate, makes sense of the unexplained cancellation of her department-wide class this week.
Lindsay's great crime was to record her superiors in the act of being assholes. If she had been a nice, meek, good little girl and done as she was told, they'd have given her a pat on the head and sent her back to work. But because she decided she was NOT going to be pushed around and abused, he class is cancelled.
The lawyer hired by Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University to investigate a classroom incident involving gender-neutral pronouns has publicly taken sides on an issue related to the investigation.
Rob Centa, managing partner at Paliare Roland, has frequently tweeted about diversity and inclusion in law from his professional account, including his support for a controversial new requirement for lawyers that critics characterize as "forced speech."
The Law Society of Upper Canada licenses lawyers and paralegals in Ontario, where WLU is based. It started reminding legal professionals in September to submit a "Statement of Principles" confirming their "obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion," and rejected a proposed exemption for "conscientious objectors" earlier this month.
The intention of the change is to "address the barriers faced by racialized licensees," which is the society's term for nonwhite legal professionals.
The regulator encourages striving for "substantive equality," which "does not always require treating all people the same." To reiterate, it says: "Equality does not mean treating all people the same for all purposes."
Queen's University Law Prof. Bruce Pardy, a member of the Ontario society, warned in October that the new rules violated freedom of expression, protected by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
I think it safe to assume the investigation will find that Lindsay Shepherd transgressed against her employer and must be fired. The message to all the other professors and teaching assistants is crystal clear.