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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Speaking of Obama...

CAUT releases open letter protesting Canada's refusal to allow Dr. William Ayers entry into Canada

OTTAWA, Jan. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of University
Teachers (CAUT) has written an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper
protesting the refusal by Canada to allow Dr. William Ayers, Distinguished
Professor of Education at the University of Illinois-Chicago, entry into
Professor Ayers had been invited by the Centre for Urban Schooling at the
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto to
give a public lecture at the University. He was also scheduled to meet with
Toronto District School Board principals and senior staff, with youth
community workers at a school in Regent Park, and to be interviewed on CBC. He
was refused entry to Canada on Sunday, January 18.
"It is wrong for the Government of Canada to decide which scholars
universities can invite to their campuses," the letter says. "Too often, in
recent years, this has been practice of the Bush Administration in the United
States - a practice we and our American counterpart - the American Association
of University Professors - have denounced... It is with shame that we now find
our government is behaving in the same manner."
CAUT is calling for a public investigation into Professor Ayers' denial
of entry into Canada, and wants the Prime Minister to advise the University of
Toronto that should it invite Professor Ayers again, the government will allow
him to enter Canada.


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