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The Freedom to Mock

The Freedom to Mock

By | July 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Parody and satire may be the only thing that everybody agreed on in the protracted and generally acrimonious debates about updating copyright law. The idea was to expand ‘fair dealing’ – the ways we’re free to use other people’s work in our own – to include uses for the purpose of parody and satire.

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An End to Hateful Silences?

An End to Hateful Silences?

By ; | July 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm

On June 6, 2012 the House of Commons adopted Bill C-304 a private member’s bill introduced by Alberta Conservative MP Brian Storseth, to “amend the Canadian Human Rights Act by deleting section 13 to ensure there is no infringement on freedom of expression…”

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How Free Is The True North?

How Free Is The True North?

By ; | June 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

I discovered the hard way that one of the most valuable freedoms is freedom of expression. In a way, all other freedoms depend on it. If we cannot speak out, we can be stripped of every right, and left unable to do much about it. We can drown in silence.

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Red Squares and Parallel Fines

Red Squares and Parallel Fines

By | June 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

But both governments were reacting to a threat that was not a real threat at all; both were apparently driven by a deadening bureaucratic impulse in which orderliness and civic tidiness trumps free expression; both overreached.

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The Politics of Charity

The Politics of Charity

By ; | June 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Is the government obliged to subsidize, via charitable tax receipting, groups that oppose its opinions and policies?

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No Sex Please, We’re Canadian

No Sex Please, We’re Canadian

By ; | June 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Private sexual activities exposed to the public gaze have de facto left the arena of education and entered the realm of voyeurism. Consider who will be attracted to such an exhibition.

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Quebec’s Bill 78 – Law or Order?

Quebec’s Bill 78 – Law or Order?

By ; | May 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

On May 18, 2012 the Quebec National Assembly passed Bill 78 to “enable students to receive instruction from the postsecondary institutions they attend.” Freedom of expression organizations like PEN have raised concerns that the new law grants unjustifiable powers to local authorities and discourages, or silences, legitimate collective action and civil protest.

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pencil – Where Scribblers of the World Unite!

pencil – Where Scribblers of the World Unite!

By | May 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Welcome to pencil – PEN Canada’s blog.  This is where we’ll share opinions on current events, and explore quibbles, quarrels and queries that touch on issues of free expression. We’d like to get to the heart of things through an on-line conversation: Why defend freedom of expression at all?  Where should the lines be drawn?  […]

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