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Canadians Worried About Online Hate Speech and Extremism, Survey Reports

January 31, 2021

Canadians are concerned about the rise of online hate speech and extremism, concludes a new survey conducted by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Abacus Data. The survey, published on January 25, polled 2,000 Canadian residents. Ninety-three per cent of respondents said that online hate speech and racism are problems; 49 per cent believe they …

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Reconsidering the Limits on Free Expression

January 20, 2021

Free speech flourishes when it has some limits. Unrestrained speech produces “a flood of lies, bigotry and other lunatic nonsense,” writes Andrew Coyne. His opinion appears in The Globe and Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-freedom-of-speech-is-about-more-than-what-is-allowed/ News byte courtesy: R. Franklin Carter

Q&A with Maria Saba – 2020 PEN/Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholar

January 19, 2021

Article courtesy: PEN Canada Maria Saba is the 2020 PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholar. An Iran-born writer, storyteller and arts educator, Saba has published three books and over a hundred articles, interviews and stories. Her short story collection, My First Friend, was long-listed for the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, and the title story, published in Scoundrel Time, …

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New Book: Dare to Speak

December 8, 2020

A new book about free expression is on the market: Suzanne Nossel’s Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All. Nossel is the CEO of PEN America. HarperAcademic is the publisher. INTERVIEWS At Literary Hub, Paul Holdengräber interviews Ms. Nossel: At National Public Radio, Dinaw Mengestu interviews Ms. Nossel: https://kuow.org/stories/dare-to-speak-discourse-amid-difference On C-SPAN2’s Book TV, John Schumann interviews Ms. …

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High-School History Workbook in Montreal Challenged

November 13, 2020

In October 2020, two English-language school boards in Montreal decided to temporarily withdraw a high-school history workbook that includes a racial epithet. They also decided to put opaque stickers over the epithet. Journeys Through the History of Québec and Canada refers to Pierre Vallières’s White Niggers of America. Vallières’s book, which was originally published in French in …

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Internet Freedom Around the World in 2020

November 6, 2020

Governments around the world are using the COVID-19 pandemic to justify greater censorship and surveillance on the Internet, says a report published by Freedom House in the United States. Yet Internet freedom in Canada remains extremely good, the report says. REPORTAGE At CTV News, Solarina Ho and Mahima Singh report: https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/covid-19-eroding-global-internet-freedom-canada-among-the-most-free-report-says-1.5145180 Read Freedom House’s report — Freedom on …

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Maria Saba Wins PEN Canada-Humber College Scholarship

November 3, 2020

Media release courtesy: PEN Canada TORONTO, ON, October 26, 2020 – Maria Saba is the recipient of the 2020 PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholarship, which provides peer mentorship to one member of PEN Canada’s Writers-in-Exile program each year. An Iran-born writer, storyteller and arts educator, Saba has published three books and over a hundred articles, interviews, …

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Quebec Won’t Appeal Acquittals of Horror-Novel Author and Publisher

October 27, 2020

In Quebec, the director of criminal and penal prosecutions has decided not to appeal the acquittals of the author and publisher of Hansel et Gretel. On September 24, 2020, a judge in the Superior Court of Quebec acquitted author Yvan Godbout of the charge of producing child pornography. Godbout’s horror novel Hansel et Gretel includes …

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