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“Activism is Not a Crime”: Students Disrupt Security Symposium at Carleton

Students at Carleton University disrupted an event organized by the Infrastructure Resilience Research Group (IRRG) on Nov. 15.

The official theme of the 2016 Symposium on Security and Infrastructure Resilience was “The Challenges of Dealing with Natural Resource Development Projects and Activism.” To assess the “threat environment,” the training workshop was attended by “prosecutors, lawyers, regulators, law enforcement, industry and industry association representatives,” according to the university’s event description, to determine how legal mechanisms, including the Anti-Terrorism Act, can be used to deal with “violent acts targeting critical national infrastructure.”



1 Historical: During the English Civil War (c. 1649), one who favoured the abolition of all rank and privilege. Originally an insult, but later embraced by radical anti-Royalists.

2 One who tells the truth, as in “I’m going to level with you.”

3 An instrument that knocks down things that are standing up or digs up things that are buried or hidden.

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