On October 2, feminist speaker Meghan Murphy revealed that the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan, British Columbia, shut down her talk entitled “Inclusivity, Gender Identity, and Women’s Rights” just two days before it was set to take place.

“As a public facility we are required to follow policy under the BC Human Rights Code,” CCC’s administrative and facility booking coordinator Maaike McCooey said in an email. “Given the likelihood that the purpose of this event is to promote, or would have the effect of promoting discrimination, contempt or hatred for any group or person on the basis of sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or any other similar factor, it is determined this rental must be cancelled.”

“In addition,” she continued, “the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is committed to providing a positive work environment that embraces diversity and treats everyone with dignity and respect.”

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