The response on social media to Wednesday’s announcement was strong. With the twitter hashtag #dalhousiehateswomen trending in Halifax. But others also agreed with the university’s response....

The limited public awareness around the restorative justice process could be part of the reason why some people are upset about it, said Dalhousie Law Professor Wayne MacKay. MacKay authored the 2013 report on sexism at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. That report was sparked by the infamous rape chants during St. Mary’s frosh week in September 2013.

“People don't recognize that restorative approaches can produce quite significant sanctions and quite significant accountability,” said MacKay. “And I think that will be the real test – what comes out of it at the end of the day.”...

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