‘More University Censorship’

   “I was questioning ‘woke-ism’, ‘woke’ ideas at the university – so, asking questions — and this could not be tolerated by ‘woke’ activists, which is basically identity politics that has become totalitarian.

A tenured professor fired from Mount Royal University last month says she plans to take the matter to arbitration through her union. A statement from the southwest Calgary university on Tuesday didn’t give a reason for the termination, saying only that it

can confirm that Frances Widdowson is no longer a faculty member“.

Reached at her home on Wednesday, Widdowson declined to discuss the specifics of her case, citing pending arbitration, but said her firing on Dec. 20 was the result of what she called a “woke culture” on campus.

Frances Widdowson. (PHOTO BY POSTMEDIA FILE)

I was questioning ‘woke-ism’, ‘woke’ ideas at the university – so, asking questions — and this could not be tolerated by ‘woke’ activists, which is basically identity politics that has become totalitarian“,

she said.

That’s kind of the environment that was gradually becoming more and more poisonous.”

An associate professor in the department of economics, justice and policy studies, Widdowson was hired at MRU in 2008 to be what she called “a critic of ‘Indigenous’ {sic} policy“, two years after receiving her PhD in political science from York University.

She has made ‘controversial’ {‘accurate’} comments in the past, including being quoted in media reports in 2020 as saying the {communist} ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement had “destroyed” the culture at MRU.

The Mount Royal Faculty Association did not respond to a request for comment. {Cowards!}

“The arbitration process can take up to a year, something Widdowson said she hopes can be fast tracked. She is also hopeful the dismissal will be reversed and she will return to teaching.

One of the biggest mistakes people make in my case is they assume I’m some kind of alt-Right-wing figure“,

she said.

Actually I’m a person who is critiquing ‘Indigenous’ policies and other ‘woke’ kinds of initiatives from a Left-wing position.”

East gate of Mount Royal University in southwest Calgary. (CTV News)

MRU is committed to fostering expression and free speech, and strives to be a model for allowing opposing viewpoints to co-exist“,

the university statement read.

{What a sick and blatant lie…}

The university unequivocally supports academic debate {Nonsense!} and will always defend the rights of faculty related to academic freedom. However, academic freedom does not justify harassment or discrimination.

Mount Royal employees have the right to work in an environment that is respectful and free from harassment. The collective agreement and MRU policies outline a process for resolving issues of workplace conduct, and decisions are always made following rigorous due process.

The MRU community is committed to a learning environment free from harassment and discrimination for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and the broader community.”

–‘Fired Mount Royal University professor says she plans to appeal’,

CTV News Calgary, Jan. 5, 2022


See also:

Deconstructing The Aboriginal Industry’ (Widdowson) {June 2, 2016}:

The ‘Aboriginal Industry’ favours Segregation over Integration… The generally dysfunctional character of aboriginal community leadership and administration remains deeply entrenched because of the influence of an industry of lawyers, consultants and other professionals that benefit from the status quo of native dependency.

“These opportunists encourage a culture of opposition – to virtually any government attempt to improve aboriginal conditions – on the basis of entitlement for past injustices. They then, through their advocacy “research”, construct apologetics that justify aboriginal isolation and marginalization.”


Aboriginal Education’ (Widdowson) {January 21, 2016}:

As well as alternative criteria, “different” forms of communication are advocated for aboriginal students. It should NOT be expected that students will be able to structure information in terms of arguments and evidence. Instead, they should listen to stories…without a stated conclusion…

“It is argued, for example, that the “sacredness” and “fundamental truth” of myths should be honoured…

In addition, teaching critical thinking skills becomes problematic since it “may be viewed as challenging the traditional ethic of respectful listening”… This concern with promoting “respectful listening” has even led the University of Victoria {B.C.} to change teaching methods and curricula to “accommodate aboriginal traditions and values”…”


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