‘Academic freedom’ threatened by Metro

(Source: The Province)

The University of B.C. will not take part in a land-use planning session with Metro Vancouver officials on the grounds that the university’s very “academic freedom” is at stake.

In a strongly worded statement, UBC president Stephen Toope claims Metro Vancouver is “threatening the university’s fundamental academic freedom” in a proposed land-use planning session to address over-development.

“Such interference is unprecedented in our province,” Toope claimed, adding the university will “not participate” in a working group with Metro.

Read Kent Spencer’s full article “UBC snubs land-use talks” in The Province (November 23, 2009)

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