Through both programs and making function spaces available, libraries and universities engage their communities. Increasingly, programming and space rental decisions are being challenged because of objections to the content of the program or to the groups renting space. The challenges are especially difficult when the charge is the library or university is permitting “hate speech”. What is “hate speech” under Canadian law? What are the implications for how libraries and universities can curate programs that welcome open dialogue on ideas that may well be controversial, or even offensive?