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One of the lazy habits that Canadian journalists sometimes fall into is talking as though Canada and the United States were the same country. This shows up most clearly in the belief that whenever anything bad is happening in the United States, it must also be happening in Canada, and so there’s no need to actually go and check.

You can see this at work in the recent uptick in concern over the tyranny of “political correctness” in our universities. There have been a number of recent accounts coming from the U.S. of traumatized professors, explaining how they’ve become terrified of their students. And cases of administrators rolling over and playing dead, afraid to offend students’ increasingly delicate sensibilities.

All of this has been enough for some commentators to proclaim a new dark age descending over all of North America, as our universities become, as Rex Murphy put it, “factories for reinforcing received opinions.”

This big trend is one that I’ve seen no evidence of in Canada...

Heath: Why Canadian professors aren’t afraid of their students | Ottawa Citizen

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