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PEN concerned by CRA actions towards ‘partisan’ charities

PEN concerned by CRA actions towards ‘partisan’ charities

By | December 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

On November 19, 2012 PEN Canada voiced concerns that the “vague language of the Income Tax Act gives government officials discretionary powers that are overbroad and easily abused” with respect to determining the political activities in which charitable organizations can engage. PEN urged the federal government to reconsider the issue of “so-called ‘partisan’ activity by […]

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PEN celebrates 20th anniversary of Salman Rushdie benefit

PEN celebrates 20th anniversary of Salman Rushdie benefit

By | December 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

That’s to say, anybody’s a witch if you point at them and say they are. And that, of course, was the purpose and the nature of the witch hunt.

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PEN Canada’s Holiday Campaign

PEN Canada’s Holiday Campaign

By | November 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Concerned about free expression? Support PEN’s holiday campaign.

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CRA Policy on ‘Partisan’ Charities Stifles Debate

CRA Policy on ‘Partisan’ Charities Stifles Debate

By | November 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

PEN Canada today voiced concerns that current law and policy on partisan activities by charitable organizations muzzles political dissent and stifles public debate within Canada.

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Action for Pussy Riot and Liu Xiaobo

Action for Pussy Riot and Liu Xiaobo

By | November 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

On PEN International’s 31st Day of the Imprisoned Writer, teams of PEN Canada volunteers will take to the streets of Toronto and invite pedestrians to be photographed holding large images of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, and Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo.

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Non-Speak Week: October 11-17, 2012

Non-Speak Week: October 11-17, 2012

By | October 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

To better understand our age, and to be better positioned to offer the kinds of critiques and observations that PEN Canada should make, we’ll be examining freedom of expression via seven urgent issues, including digital freedom, access to information, libel, the chill on charities, and the silencing of scientists.

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Fighting Impunity in Central America

Fighting Impunity in Central America

By | September 29, 2012 at 11:46 am

PEN Canada is pleased to continue our partnership with the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto. This year’s project will focus on the sources of impunity in Central America, particularly for violence against journalists.  Our report will examine relevant international  human rights law  in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and […]

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The Stamp Collector: A Story Inspired by Work with PEN

The Stamp Collector: A Story Inspired by Work with PEN

By | August 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

How the advocacy work of one PEN member became a children’s picture book Jennifer Lanthier’s new book tells the story of two young boys, one that grows up to be writer, the other a prison guard. Inspired by her work on behalf Honorary Members, Nurmuhemmet Yasin and Jiang Weiping, Lanthier’s story illustrates of the power […]

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PEN’s Year in Review

PEN’s Year in Review

By | June 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm

No dimension of PEN Canada’s mandate is nearer to its very core than freedom of expression and censorship. Not out in the wider world, either but right here, here, at home, in Canada.

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Connecting and Sharing Stories in the Community

Connecting and Sharing Stories in the Community

By | June 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’ve placed an empty chair for the imprisoned Uighur writer Nurmuhemmet Yasin – sentenced to ten years in a Chinese prison in 2004 for writing a short story. I tell them The Stamp Collector grew out of advocacy work I was doing on his behalf for PEN Canada.

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