May 24: You Can't Say That! – Teachers' Rights To Free Expression

May 10, 2017
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Ryerson University

A Special Symposium for Teachers and Teacher-Candidates

You Can’t Say That! – Teachers’ Rights to Free Expression 

While free expression is a Charter right, teachers face serious limitations on what they can do and say in school and outside. This symposium examines teachers’ rights in the classroom, on social media and outside school.

Panelists and workshop facilitators:

  • Danielle McLauglin, Director of Education Emeritus, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
  • Jerry Raso, General Counsel, Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
  • Marvin Zuker, Judge (ret), Ontario Court of Justice; Associate Professor, OISE/UT
  • William Smale, Professor of Education, Trent University
  • April Julian, Director of Education, Canadian Civil Liberties Association & Education Trust

Moderator: James L. Turk, Director, Centre for Free Expression, Ryerson University

Plenary Panel discussion and questions: 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Workshops: 7:15-8:15

  • Teachers and Social Media
  • Dealing with Controversial Issues in the Classroom
  • Teachers and Politics
  • Restrictions on Teachers’ Behaviour Outside the School

Final Plenary: 8:15-8:30

Sponsored by The Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University and The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust

Certificates of Attendance will be made for those who complete the seminar.

Free admission but limited spaces. To reserve one of the limited places, please register at: is external)

Light refreshments will be served.

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Event Information:

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Room 103, Rogers Communication Centre, Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street, Toronto