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A teaching assistant who became the focus of academia’s attacks on free speech in Canada is suing a Waterloo, Ont. university, two professors and an administrator for $3.6 million.
As the Toronto Sun reports, Lindsay Shepherd’s lawsuit references harassment, intentional infliction of nervous shock and negligence. Shepherd says the ordeal has “rendered her unemployable in Canadian academia.”
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Shepherd raised the ire of Sir Wilfred Laurier University when she showed her class a video of a debate between famed Canadian free speech advocate Jordan Peterson and another opponent over the use of gender neutral pronouns, a concept that Peterson dismisses.
According to news reports at the time, professors Nathan Rambukkana and Herbert Pimlott along with the university’s officer of gendered violence prevention, Adria Joel, subsequently met privately with Shepherd to say she had violated university policy and Canadian law by showing the video. Shepherd secretly recorded the grilling and shared it with the media.
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The recording, widely disseminated by the Canadian media, has Rambukkana suggesting that Shepherd was “spreading transphobia,” creating a “toxic climate” and that listening to Peterson defend his views was akin to “neutrally playing a speech by Hitler.”
The lawsuit alleges that during the meeting with the professors and administrator “all three lambasted Shepherd, viciously attacking her personally, falsely alleging there had been complaints … insisting that, in playing the TV...
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