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Works in English on Free Expression and Censorship in Canada

This resource list includes book, articles, pamphlets, periodicals, and other sources of information about censorship and freedom of expression.

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Baum, Daniel J. Freedom of Expression. Toronto: Dundurn, 2014.

Bergen, Robert. Censorship, the Canadian News Media and Afghanistan: A Historical Comparison with Case Studies. Calgary: Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, 2009.

Birdsall, Peter, and Dolores Broten. Mind War: Censorship in English Canada. Victoria: Canlit, 1978.

Booth, David. Censorship Goes to School. Toronto: Pembroke Publishers, 1992.

Borovoy, A. Alan. At the Barricades: A Memoir. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014.

———. The New Anti-Liberals. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 1999.

Botting, Gary. Fundamental Freedoms and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1993.

Bourrie, Mark. The Fog of War: Censorship of Canada’s Media in World War Two. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2011.

———. Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper’s Assault on Your Right to Know. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.

Braun, Stefan. Democracy Off Balance: Freedom of Expression and Hate Propaganda Law in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.

Burstyn, Varda, ed. Women Against Censorship. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre, 1985.

Canada. Consolidated Orders respecting Censorship. Ottawa: s.n., 1918.

Canada. Senate. Special Committee on the Sale and Distribution of Salacious and Indecent Literature. Proceedings of the Special Committee on the Sale and Distribution of Salacious and Indecent Literature. Ottawa: Queen’s Printer, 1953.

Canada. Special Committee on Pornography and Prostitution. Pornography and Prostitution in Canada: Summary. Ottawa: Supply and Services Canada, 1985.

Canadian Artists’ Representation. A Brief Submitted to the Minister of Justice regarding the Proposed Bill to Amend the Criminal Code on Pornography. Ottawa: CARFAC, 1987.

Cohen, Mark. Censorship in Canadian Literature. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001.

Cooper, Beverley. If Truth Be Told. Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing, 2016.

Cossman, Brenda. Censorship and the Arts: Law, Controversy, Debate, Facts. Toronto: Ontario Association of Art Galleries, 1995.

Cossman, Brenda J., Shannon Bell, Lise Gotell, and Becki Ross. Bad Attitude/s on Trial: Pornography, Feminism and the Butler Decision. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.

Curry, Ann. The Limits of Tolerance: Censorship and Intellectual Freedom in Public Libraries. Lanham, Maryland.: Scarecrow Press, 1997.

De Montigny, Yves. Freedom of Expression and the Libraries of Canada. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, 1985.

Dick, Judith. Not in Our Schools?!!! School Book Censorship in Canada. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, 1982.

Fisher, Robin, ed. What Right? Graphic Interpretations Against Censorship. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002.

———. What’s Wrong? Explicit Graphic Interpretations Against Censorship. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002.

Flanagan, Tom. Persona Non Grata: The Death of Free Speech in the Internet Age. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2014.

Forbidden Passages: Writings Banned in Canada. San Francisco: Cleis Press, 1995.

Fuller, Janine, and Stuart Blackley. Restricted Entry: Censorship on Trial. 2nd ed. Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1996.

Granfield, Diane, ed. Intellectual Freedom Handbook. Toronto: Ontario Library Association, 1990.

Hackett, Robert A., and Richard Gruneau. The Missing News: Filters and Blind Spots in Canada’s Press. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2000.

Hill, Lawrence. Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2013.

Johnson, Lorraine, ed. Suggestive Poses: Artists and Critics Respond to Censorship. Toronto: Toronto Photographers Workshop and the Riverbank Press, 1997.

Jonas, George. Politically Incorrect: Notes on Liberty, Censorship, Social Engineering, Feminism, Apologists . . . and Other Topics of Our Times. Toronto: Lester Publishing Limited, 1991.

Keshen, Jeffrey A. Propaganda and Censorship During Canada’s Great War. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1996.

Lacombe, Dany. Blue Politics: Pornography and the Law in the Age of Feminism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994.

Landry, Normand. Threatening Democracy: SLAPPs and the Judicial Repression of Public Discourse. Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing, 2014.

Leiren-Young, Mark. Shylock: A Play. Vancouver: Anvil Press, 2001.

Manthorpe, Jonathan. Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada. Toronto: Cormorant Books, 2019.

Martin, Robert. Media Law. 2nd ed. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2003.

McLaughlin, Danielle S. Freedom of Expression: Deal with It before You Are Censored. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company, 2019.

Moon, Richard. The Constitutional Protection of Freedom of Expression in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001.

Persky, Stan, and John Dixon. On Kiddie Porn: Sexual Representation, Free Speech and the Robin Sharpe Case. Vancouver: New Star Books, 2001.

Petersen, Klaus, and Allan C. Hutchinson, eds. Interpreting Censorship in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.

Saul, John Ralston. Joseph Howe and the Battle for Freedom of Speech. Kentville, Nova Scotia: Gaspereau Press, 2006.

Schrader, Alvin M. Fear of Words: Censorship and the Public Libraries of Canada. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, 1995.

Sheldrick, Byron. Blocking Public Participation: The Use of Strategic Litigation to Silence Political Expression. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014.

Steinhart, Allan L. Civil Censorship in Canada During World War I. Toronto: Unitrade Press, 1986.

Steyn, Mark. Lights Out: Islam, Free Speech and the Twilight of the West. Woodsville, New Hampshire: Stockade Books, 2009.

Sumner, L. W. The Hateful and the Obscene: Studies in the Limits of Free Expression. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.

Taylor, Lisa, and Cara-Marie O’Hagan, eds. The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.

Todd, Paula. Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2014.

Webking, Edwin W. Freedom of Expression: Hate Literature. Calgary: Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, 1995.


Canadian Children’s Literature, no. 68. Guelph: Department of English, University of Guelph, 1992.

Freedom to Read. Toronto: Book and Periodical Council.

Review of Free Expression in Canada. Toronto: Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.


Bernstein, Sandra. When the Censor Comes: A Guide for Teachers, Librarians, Booksellers and Others Who Disseminate the Printed Word. Toronto: Book and Periodical Council, 1996.

C*ns*rsh*p: Stopping the Book Banners. Toronto: Book and Periodical Development Council, 1978.

Deacon, William Arthur. Sh-h-h … Here Comes the Censor! An Address to the Ontario Library Association. Toronto: Macmillan, 1940.

Farrell, James T. The Dominion of Canada vs. “Bernard Clare.” New York: The Vanguard Press, 1947.

Moldenhauer, Jearld. Censorship Canada. Toronto: Glad Day Bookshop, 1986.

Noble, Kimberley. Bound and Gagged: Libel Chill and the Right to Publish. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1992.

Porter, Julian. Libel: A Handbook for Canadian Publishers, Editors and Writers. Toronto: Canadian Book Publishers’ Council, 1987.

Rule, Jane. Detained at Customs: Jane Rule Testifies at the Little Sister’s Trial. Vancouver: Lazara Press, 1995.