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Freedom of expression issues in the media


Libraries are providing more services than ever — so why aren’t we funding them?

Once, the public library was seen as a destination for bookworms. In recent years, however, libraries have expanded their scope: they’re now meeting needs — both technological and social — that are not being met anywhere else in On TV Ontario, Steve Paikin interviews three librarians about their Vickery Bowles of the Toronto Public Library […]


House of Commons passes the Journalistic Sources Protection Act (Bill S-231)

On October 4, the House of Commons passed the Journalistic Sources Protection Act (Bill S-231). Support was unanimous. The bill, which provides greater protection for journalists’ confidential sources of information, will come into force when it receives royal assent.   REPORTAGE   In The Globe and Mail, Gloria Galloway reports: https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-passes-legislation-to-protect-journalists-anonymous-sources-from-police/article36497819/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com& Maham Abedi of Global […]


Fredericton Library Displays Challenged Books

In Fredericton, New Brunswick, a public library is displaying 50 challenged and censored books. CBC News reports: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/banned-books-fredericton-public-library-1.4289508   — Link courtesy of Franklin Carter Editor and Researcher Book and Periodical Council Freedom of Expression Committee Toronto, Canada


In fight for free speech, researchers test anti-censorship tool built into the internet’s core

In the United States, researchers are testing a new way to circumvent Internet censorship: refraction networking. Matthew Braga of CBC News reports: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/tapdance-refraction-networking-decoy-routing-test-usenix-1.4249177 __ Link courtesy of Franklin Carter Editor and Researcher Book and Periodical Council Freedom of Expression Committee Toronto, Canada


OBPO study finds there are not enough Canadian books in Ontario schools

OBPO study finds there are not enough Canadian books in Ontario schools >>From Quill & Quire The Ontario Book Publishers Organization has released a study assessing how much Canadian literature is being taught in the province’s classrooms. The survey was conducted by researcher and education specialist Catherine Bates on behalf of the OBPO, and included data provided by 307 teachers […]


BPC Announces 2018 Freedom to Read Week Poster Illustrator

The Book and Periodical Council is thrilled to announce our poster illustrator for FTRW 2018: JEFF LEMIRE! Jeff is an illustrator and graphic novelist whose work includes the Essex Countytrilogy, The Underwater Welder, Secret Path and, most recently, Roughneck. His story “Tales from the Farm,” which appears in the Essex County trilogy, was challenged in Ontario in 2011. We can’t wait to share his poster […]


PEN Canada Looking for Champions of Free Expression

From PEN Canada Nominations sought for the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize Nominations for the 2017 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow prize are now open. The $1,000 annual prize is awarded to an individual or group who has advanced freedom of expression in Canada. About the Prize Named in memory of Kenneth A. Filkow, Q.C., a distinguished Winnipeg […]


ALA Releases List of Top 10 Challenged Books of 2016

From the American Library Association   Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 Out of 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 are 1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki This young adult graphic novel, winner of both a Printz and […]


Books Behind Bars

In Kingston, Ontario, a book club transforms the lives of prison inmates.


Banned Books Week 2016

In the United States, Banned Books Week is underway.