Canada Rebuffs Ex-Radical Ayers at Border
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2009 6:28 PM CST
Bill Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground, walks with wife, Bernardine Dohrn, and their son, Zayd Dohrn, 4, in 1982.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Former Weatherman Bill Ayers was denied entry yesterday into Canada, where he planned to speak at an education conference, the Globe and Mail reports. The controversial academic, who made headlines during the election for his link to Barack Obama, said he had visited Canada more than a dozen times. "It seems very arbitrary,” Ayers said of the refusal.

“The border agent said I had a conviction for a felony from 1969,” said Ayers. “I have several arrests for misdemeanors, but not for felonies.” Ayers said he had been denied entry into Canada only once and travels to other countries easily. A Canadian official refused to comment on the case. The professor who organized the conference said the border snub violated Ayers' academic freedom.