Out of 45 public universities in Canada studied, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa stand out in the 2013 Report as the two worst universities in Canada for free expression (see JCCF News Release).
The individual assessment about the University of Ottawa is on pages 173-180 of the 251-page 2013 Report. The main incidents described in the 2013 Report and which led to the U of O's failing grade (F) for its practices relevant to free expression are:
- the 2010 Ann Coulter fiasco managed behind the scenes by Allan Rock (link) (link)
- the 2009 banning by the Rock administration of a student Israeli Apartheid Week poster (link)
- the 2008 Rock administration's refusal to continue hosting Cinema Politica on campus (link)
- the 2007 administration's interferences with Canadian Friends of Burma campus event (link)
The 2013 Report also points to a plethora of regressive U of O university policies affecting free expression, for which a grade of "D" was attributed.
The student union at U of O (the SFUO) obtained a grade of "D" but was not cited as one of the worst student unions in Canada.