Articles

Selected articles from the Freedom to Read review.

 

Talking Censorship and Sensibility with Charles Montpetit

By Mark Leiren-Young When I Googled “Charles Montpetit” three different options came up: a lawyer, an author and an inspector of explosives. The Montpetit I’m interested in isn’t a lawyer or a bomb expert, but considering his passion for crafting weighty arguments on censorship issues and his love of wading into explosive situations, I think […]


 

Word Warrior

Alvin M. Schrader in Conversation with Julie Payne IN 2015, ALVIN M. SCHRADER marked the fortieth anniversary of the year that he embarked on his career as a librarian and educator. During those four decades, he has been a passionate advocate for the role of the library as a vehicle for free expression, an outspoken […]


 

Brian MacLeod Rogers: Just Cause

By Julie Payne “Among a small handful of dedicated lawyers expanding the envelope of free expression in the media, Brian has consistently been at the forefront of arguments at the Supreme Court and elsewhere.” — Ivor Shapiro, Chair of Ryerson University’s School of Journalism If you want to learn about the evolution of Canadian free […]


 

Heiltsuk Cultural Architect

Jessie Housty in conversation with Elizabeth Raymer — In the early morning of July 12, 2013, a fire destroyed the Thistalalh Memorial Library in the island town of Bella Bella, B.C. The community was devastated, but Housty resolved to build a new one.


 

Teaching Controversy

One alternative to banning controversial publications in schools is to provide students with the tools to think critically about difficult and divisive issues.


 

Cyberspace Visionary

Ron Deibert is one of the most important and prominent figures defending human rights and free expression in the rapidly shifting frontier of media and technology.


 

Enduring Advocate for Free Expression: John Ralston Saul in Conversation with Brendan de Caires

In February of 2011, the Writers’ Union of Canada awarded John Ralston Saul its Freedom to Read Award. The award honours Canadians who have made a significant contribution to defending the right to read and write freely without fear of reprisal. Saul is the president of PEN International and a former president of PEN Canada. […]


 

Breaking Ground: Patsy Aldana in Conversation with Peter Carver

Patsy Aldana is the publisher of Groundwood Books in Toronto, which produces children’s books for all ages, including fiction, picture books and non-fiction. In recent years, at least two of Groundwood’s titles have been attacked for their content.


 

Challenges in Every Generation: Alan Borovoy in Conversation

Alan Borovoy battled for freedom of expression many times in the 41 years that he was at the helm of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), but he will always remember one of the earliest cases.