FOE Committee Drafts Letter to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier

The Issues Group within the BPC’s Freedom of Expression Committee drafted the following letter in reaction to the proposed increase of sales tax on books and the planned closure of libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador. The letter was sent to Premier Ball, as well as provincial cabinet ministers Cathy Bennett, Dale Kirby and Christopher Mitchelmore. […]

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: […]

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

Whitewashing Mark Twain

NewSouth Books’ plan to publish a sanitized edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is still provoking comment in Canada. One issue is whether such books should be used in public schools. George Elliott Clarke comments: “N-Word Wickedness,” Now, January 27-February 3, 2011 Elizabeth May comments: “Elizabeth May on […]