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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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 .

The University of Alberta received backlash - some of it from the school's own faculty members - when it announced it planned to award environmentalist David Suzuki an honorary degree this spring. (Samantha Craggs/CBC).

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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Alberta university criticized for plan to bestow honorary degree on David Suzuki . "It saves me from a horrible decision I'd have to make: there's no way I'd share a stage with David Suzuki as he receives an honorary degree from @ualberta," Leach wrote.

planned , but the school's president says he won't compromise academic independence by reversing a decision to award David Suzuki an honorary degree . 'An honorary degree should unite, not divide'. An industry advocacy group, Rally 4 Resources, has scheduled a protest at the university on

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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A University of Alberta decision to grant David Suzuki an honorary degree has been met with harsh criticism. An industry group called Rally 4 Resources has planned a protest for the morning Suzuki is scheduled to receive the degree .

U of A stands by Suzuki honorary degree as donors withdraw, protests planned . Premier Rachel Notley on April 25 faced questions about the U of A 's decision to award David Suzuki an honorary degree . (CBC).

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

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