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Meet the old free speech debate, same as the new one

In the 1980s, conservatives fought for the right of reps from South Africa's apartheid regime to speak on Canadian campuses
Photo: Walt Jabco
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News You Can Use is a pan-Canadian leftist round table featuring Tannara Yelland (Briarpatch, Maissoneuve, Huffpost, Vice) in Toronto, James Wilt (DeSmog Canada, Vice, Ricochet) in Winnipeg, Drew Brown (Vice Canada) in Newfoundland and Marge Challborn (University of Alberta) in Edmonton. You can find new episodes bi-weekly on iTunes, Soundcloud and on Ricochet. Support their work here.

In this episode, the hosts chat about Canada's response to the U.S.-France-U.K. strikes on Syria, writer and journalist Nora Loreto receiving coordinated attacks and abuse from the far right for a perfectly reasonable tweet, and Alberta's new abortion bubble law. They also interview Michael Bueckert about his recent article for Africa Is A Country about the "free speech" debates in the 1980s over apartheid on Canadian campuses — and how nothing at all has changed since.

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