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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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Author Jael Richardson Shares Freedom to Read Award with the Festival of Literary Diversity

Toronto – The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to announce that Jael Richardson and the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) share the 2019 Freedom to Read Award. The award is presented annually by TWUC in recognition of work that is passionately supportive of the freedom to read, and free expression. Past recipients include …

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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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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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Announcing Freedom to Read Week 2018: February 25 – March 3

Toronto, February 20, 2018 — The Book and Periodical Council (BPC) and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 34th annual Freedom to Read Week (FTRW) in Canada. A national celebration of freedom of expression that takes place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada, this year’s program runs from February …

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Vickery Bowles Wins OLA’s Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award

TORONTO, ON (February 3rd, 2018): Vickery Bowles, Toronto Public Library’s City Librarian, is the recipient of the 2018 Ontario Library Association Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award, given in recognition of courage shown in defending the rights of library patrons to full access to information. The award was presented to Bowles during the annual OLA Super Conference, held …

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