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Canada Protest planned as David Suzuki receives honorary U of A degree today

17:06  07 june  2018
17:06  07 june  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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The presentation of an honorary science degree to environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki at the University of Alberta on Thursday was predictably not without its opponents. A small group of protesters — some who bused to Edmonton from Calgary — stood on a grassy area outside the

David Suzuki will be dressed in the fineries of the University of Alberta to receive an honorary degree this morning, as protesters are expected to gather outside to rally against the ceremonial recognition.

The 82-year-old environmental activist and science broadcaster will receive the degree at the Jubilee Auditorium. CBC News will carry a livestream of his address, starting at 10 a.m. MT.

The protest by the group Rally 4 Resources calls Suzuki's recognition an "insult" to the school, its alumni, and the "province's most important industry."

Instant backlash

The university said in April it would grant Suzuki an honorary doctor of science degree "for the breadth of his accomplishments and leadership as a public educator in science."

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Environmentalist David Suzuki , centre, is set to receive the 30th honorary degree of his life from the University of Alberta. An industry advocacy group, Rally 4 Resources, has scheduled a protest at the university on June 7, the day Suzuki is to receive the honorary degree .

Повторите попытку позже. Опубликовано: 26 апр. 2018 г. Ezra Levant of TheRebel.media reports on the blowback the University of Alberta is receiving for granting David Suzuki an honorary degree .

Fraser Forbes, dean of the faculty of engineering, called the honorary degree the "worst crisis" the university has faced in over 30 years. As well, an Alberta law firm withdrew its commitment to fund $100,000 over five years to the school's faculty of law.

The announcement came amid tensions between B.C. and Alberta over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

David Suzuki wearing a red shirt: David Suzuki, 82, will receive his 30th honorary degree Thursday from the University of Alberta© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation David Suzuki, 82, will receive his 30th honorary degree Thursday from the University of Alberta

But the university has stood by its decision. It says an honorary degree doesn't necessarily mean the institution agrees with the person, but rather recognizes his or her contributions and full body of work.

U of A president David Turpin said he recognizes the criticism against Suzuki, but maintained, "We will stand by our decision because our reputation as a university — an institution founded on the principles of freedom of inquiry, academic integrity, and independence — depends on it."

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David Suzuki received an honorary degree from the University of Alberta Thursday after protesters voiced opposition to the recognition for the 82-year-old environmental activist and science broadcaster. Addressing faculty of science graduates from the podium at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

David Suzuki received an honorary degree from the University of Alberta Thursday as protesters rallied outside Edmonton's Jubilee Auditorium. U of A stands by honorary degree for Suzuki as donors withdraw, Albertans protest .

Suzuki has received 29 other honorary degrees, including one from the University of Calgary in 1986.

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