For the last two years, the university, which prides itself on its medical research, has run a course known as Alternative Health: Practice and Theory. The lecturer was Beth Landau, a homeopath who tells parents not to vaccinate their children.
Much of the course veered wildly away from the scientific mainstream, but it was week 9 that really attracted attention. Titling the week, “Vaccination- The King of Controversy”, Landau set a reading list entirely made up of comprehensively disproven claims about vaccination, including that it causes autism. She has also publicly stated that measles and chicken pox are great for children’s development (presumably not including the ones that die).
Far from “teaching the controversy,” Landau failed to set any reading from pro-vaccine sources. Readings that draw on peer-reviewed research were presented on epigenetics and beneficial bacteria, but were otherwise studiously avoided.
The course has since been pulled from the college, as someone in the comments section keeps spamming, but the very valid question of why it ended up there in the first place remains.
Some have drawn conclusions from the fact the Dean of the University’s Scarborough Campus is Landau’s husband, Dr Rick Halpern.
At least it's isolated, right?
This course was not entirely isolated, however, with one leading Canadian university conducting research for an organization that compares vaccines to the Holocaust and another recycling disproved conspiracy theories.
There's been a follow up from the Provost of the university.
You can find it here - http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/office/Provostial_Statements/July72015.htm
It contains the usual ass-covering institutions like to engage in.