Censorship, Uncovered. Toronto Freedom to Read Week Events

Toronto Writers, Storytellers, Activists Celebrate Our Freedom to Read. The Book and Periodical Council is delighted to announce the lineup of Toronto events for the 29th annual Freedom to Read Week (Feb. 24 to March 2, 2013). Events include CENSORED, a headline event presented in partnership with Toronto’s monthly storytelling collective the Raconteurs (raconteurs.ca); University […]

Announcing 29th Annual Freedom to Read Week

Events across Canada Support Freedom of Expression, Challenge Censorship Via the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee The Book and Periodical Council and Freedom of Expression Committee  are pleased to announce the 29th annual Freedom to Read Week, with events taking place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada from February 24 to March […]

Freedom to Read Week is just over a month away!

Can it be true? Freedom to Read Week is just over a month away! We have tons of updates for you on upcoming events and ways that you can get involved with FTRW 2013. We’d love your help! We’ve already started shipping the FTRW 2013 posters, and our kits should be on their way soon, […]

PEN Canada Presents the Torture Report: Larry Siems on the Bush Administration’s Torture Policy

What do U.S government documents say about torture under the Bush Administration? In partnership with Ryerson University, PEN Canada invites Larry Siems from PEN American Center to speak about what emerged from his review of more than 140,000 government documents relating to detainee abuse during the “global war on terror,” brought to light by Freedom […]

UN Conference on the Internet

In Dubai, the latest meeting of the U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has closed. Among other things, delegates from 151 states debated regulation and control of the Internet. Here is the ITU’s official press release: http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2012/92.aspx The Economist comments: http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2012/12/internet-regulation For CNET News, Declan McCullagh writes: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57559034-38/u.n-summit-implodes-as-u.s-others-spurn-internet-treaty/ McCullagh writes here as well: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57559503-38/u.n-summits-meltdown-ignites-new-internet-cold-war/ For Forbes, […]

Freedom of Expression, Religion, and Access to Information

In Canada, several religious and secularist spokespersons recently expressed their thoughts about the balance—or conflict—between freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Their thoughts appear in the Ottawa Citizen: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Religion+Experts+Does+freedom+expression+trump+freedom+religion/7668111/story.html The Centre for Law and Democracy ranks “the strength and effectiveness” of access to information laws around the globe. According to this organization, Canada ranks […]

New type of book challenge reported in Canadian libraries

OTTAWA — The Canadian Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee has released the results of its annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies in Canada for 2011. For the first time in six years of the survey, an entire genre of resources – graphic novels – was challenged for removal from a library’s […]

2012 Freedom to Read Week: Why It Matters!

Focusing Attention on Our Right to Choose For twenty-eight years, the Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee have organized Freedom to Read Week (FTRW). This annual, national event reminds Canadians why we must remain vigilant in protecting our right to free expression — a right that is too frequently challenged to […]

Internet Links Not Libel, Top Court Rules

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that hyperlinking to defamatory material on the Internet does not constitute publishing the defamatory material itself. For details, see the following media reports: Hyperlinking not Libel: Supreme Court, Openfile, October 19, 2011 In Canada, Hyperlinking Isn’t the Same as Publishing, P2P.net, October 19, 2011 Internet Links Not Libel, […]

Bluewater Board Wants to Ban The Wars

Parents from the Bluewater District School Board want The Wars by Timothy Findley removed from all classrooms in the district. For details, see the following media reports: “Ontario Parents Want Acclaimed Book Banned from Classrooms,” Sun News, May 18, 2001 Lindsey Kuglin, “Bluewater Board Petitioned to Ban ‘Depraved’ Book,” Walkerton Herald-Times, May 24, 2011