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Author David A. Robertson Wins Freedom to Read Award

February 19, 2021 — The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to announce that Manitoba author David A. Robertson is the recipient of the 2021 Freedom to Read Award. The award is presented annually by TWUC in recognition of work that is passionately supportive of the freedom to read. Past recipients include authors Ivan …

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Canada’s Freedom to Read Week: February 21–27, 2021

Toronto, February 19, 2021 — The Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 37th annual Freedom to Read Week (FTRW) in Canada. This year’s program runs from February 21 to February 27 as a largely virtual celebration in libraries, schools and homes across the country. Freedom to …

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AUTHOR AND LITERARY PERFORMER IVAN COYOTE WINS FREEDOM TO READ AWARD

Media Release courtesy: The Writers’ Union of Canada The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to announce that author Ivan Coyote is the recipient of the 2020 Freedom to Read Award. The award is presented annually by TWUC in recognition of work that is passionately supportive of the freedom to read. Past recipients include authors Jael …

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Announcing Freedom to Read Week 2020: February 23-29

Events and activities across Canada celebrate freedom of expression, challenge censorship. Freedom to Read Week encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. “The freedom to read and write is crucial to the health of the literary arts in Canada, and every year Freedom to Read Week brings to light how …

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Freedom to Read Week Marks 35th Anniversary

National event celebrates free expression, encourages discussion   “The freedom to read is important,” say Michelle Arbuckle and Marg Anne Morrison, co-chairs of the Freedom of Expression Committee. “We encourage Canadians to celebrate their freedom to read and oppose censorship.” Toronto, February 15, 2019—The Book and Periodical Council (BPC) and its Freedom of Expression Committee …

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CFLA-FCAB Applauds Federal Government’s Response to “Protection of Net Neutrality in Canada” Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GATINEAU, July 4, 2018 – The Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) applauds the federal government’s response to the “Protection of Net Neutrality in Canada” report from the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. The report, and the government’s support, emphasized the need to …

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World Press Freedom Day 2018

  World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. It is an opportunity to: celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of …

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Author Gary Geddes wins Freedom to Read Award

Veteran author and human rights activist honoured by The Writers’ Union of Canada Toronto – The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is proud to announce that Gary Geddes (author, poet, anthologist and translator) is the recipient of the 2018 Freedom to Read Award. The award is presented annually by TWUC in recognition of work that is …

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Announcing Our Freedom to Read Champion: Dorothy Macnaughton

We are thrilled to announce this year’s Freedom to Read Champion, Dorothy Macnaughton. “Traditionally, when people talk about freedom to read, they talk about censorship: book burning, book banning and access to information that’s being intentionally kept from the public. But Dorothy Macnaughton has spent the last 20 years leading a different freedom-to-read fight: improving the …

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