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Coulter's University of Ottawa speech cancelled

Protest causes safety concerns

A public speaking event by conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been cancelled after a protest prompted security concerns.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, several hundred protesters gathered outside Marion Hall at the University of Ottawa to protest Coulter’s speech. The event was cancelled at approximately 8:15 p.m., as security officials cited concerns for “public safety.”

Before Coulter arrived in Ottawa, she was warned by Francois Houle, vice-president academic and provost at the U of O, that she should to review Canada’s hate speech laws prior to giving her address. The student union at the university had also voiced objection to Coulter’s visit.

Coulter responded in an email to the Ottawa Citizen, saying Houle’s warning promoted “hatred” and “violence” against conservatives.

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