Archives for 2015

Canadian Library Association Releases 2014 Survey of Challenges to Resources and Policies in Canadian Libraries: Guaranteeing Library Access to “All” Expression?

>>From the Canadian Library Association Canadian Library Association Releases 2014 Survey of Challenges to Resources and Policies in Canadian Libraries: Guaranteeing Library Access to “All” Expression? The Canadian Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee has released the results of its ninth annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies in Canada for 2014. Nazi occultism in […]

CCLA and CJFE mount Charter challenge against Bill C-51

>>From Canadian Journalists for Free Expression TORONTO (July 21, 2015) — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) are initiating a Charter challenge today against key sections of Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. The legislation presents disturbing implications for free speech, privacy, the powers of government, including CSIS, […]

CJFE launches new fellowship supporting Canadian free expression initiatives

TORONTO (May 21, 2015) – Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is excited to announce the Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship, which will provide financial support to individuals or groups working on projects that further the growth of free expression in Canada. The Fellowship will be awarded annually to aid projects that contribute to the […]

Franke James receives the inaugural PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

>>From Pen Canada TORONTO, May 26, 2015 – Writer, artist and environmental activist Franke James will receive the inaugural PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize at PEN Canada’s Ideas in Dialogue event, June 2. Introduced in 2014 in memory of Kenneth A. Filkow, member of PEN’s Canadian Issues Committee and former Chair of the Manitoba Human Rights […]

Christiane Amanpour named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression

29 April 2015 – The United Nations agency mandated to promote and protect press freedom worldwide has named renowned journalist and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour its Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety. Ms. Amanpour received the honour during a ceremony at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in […]

American Library Association releases State of America’s Libraries Report 2015

>>See the full report. In 2014, the Office for Intellectual Freedom received 311 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. Eighty percent of the 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books reflect diverse authors and cultural content. The 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books include: […]

PEN Canada announces the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

>>From the PEN Canada website The PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize is given annually to an individual or institution in Canada who has demonstrated courage and integrity in the interest of freedom of expression. The prize is worth $1,000. The PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize is named in memory of Kenneth A. Filkow, Q.C., a distinguished Winnipeg […]

CLA announces 2015 winner of the Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada

>>From the Canadian Library Association (OTTAWA) February 10, 2015. The Canadian Library Association is delighted to announce that Brian Campbell has been chosen as winner of the 2015 Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada for his tireless championship of librarianship’s core values of intellectual freedom and information access. Throughout his long and […]

Author Ron Brown wins 2015 TWUC Freedom to Read Award

– Free speech advocate who founded the award becomes its 16th recipient – >>From The Writers’ Union of Canada Toronto – February 9, 2015 – The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is extremely pleased to announce that Ron Brown, Past Chair of TWUC, journalist, and author of 25 books, is the 2015 recipient of TWUC’s […]

Announcing 31st annual Freedom to Read Week

Toronto, January 21, 2015 — The Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 31st annual Freedom to Read Week in Canada. A national celebration of freedom of expression that takes place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada, this year’s program runs from February 22 to […]