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PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize

By | April 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

The PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize is given annually to an individual or institution in Canada who has demonstrated courage and integrity in the interest of freedom of expression. Nominations for this year’s award are invited from the public before May 7, 2015.

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TSO Should not Censor Ukrainian-Born Pianist Lisitsa

TSO Should not Censor Ukrainian-Born Pianist Lisitsa

By | April 8, 2015 at 11:37 am

PEN Canada deeply regrets the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s decision to cancel the April 8–9 appearances of Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa due to a controversy over her political views on the conflict in the Ukraine.

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Bahrain: Drop all Charges Against Activist Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain: Drop all Charges Against Activist Nabeel Rajab

By | April 8, 2015 at 11:33 am

PEN calls on Bahrain to drop all charges against prominent activist and human rights defender Nabeel Rajab. His arrest, in response to his speaking out about an outbreak of violence at Central Prison in Bahrain, is another attempt to suppress his right to freedom of expression.

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Canada is in Need of Serious Access to Information Reform

Canada is in Need of Serious Access to Information Reform

By | March 31, 2015 at 5:12 pm

PEN Canada is concerned with the current access to information (ATI) system. We call on the government to initiate a comprehensive review of the ATI system.

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Can the Police Search my Phone?

Can the Police Search my Phone?

By | March 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

This Know Your Rights guide is intended to help you understand your rights if you are asked to show your phone to the police. It is the second in a series aimed at helping you understand your legal rights to free expression and privacy. The Know Your Rights series is partially funded by IFEX and is part of PEN Canada’s Canadian Issues program.

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We Should All Worry About Cellphone Searches

We Should All Worry About Cellphone Searches

By | March 15, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Bill Kowalski, chair of PEN’s Canadian Issues Committee writes about the implications of a recent ruling made by the Supreme Court that allows police to search search the cellphones of people under arrest without a warrant.

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Corruption, Impunity, Violence

Corruption, Impunity, Violence

By | March 15, 2015 at 4:29 pm

On February 24, 2015 PEN representatives from Canada, Germany, Honduras and Mexico met with members of the Mexican Senate’s Comisión de Justicia. At the meeting, John Ralston Saul, President of PEN International made the following introductory remarks.

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PEN International New Voices Award 2015

PEN International New Voices Award 2015

By | March 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm

PEN Canada is now accepting submissions for the third annual PEN International New Voices Award. The award aims to encourage new writing and to provide a space where young, unpublished writers can submit their work.

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Free as in Beer

Free as in Beer

By | March 10, 2015 at 4:15 pm

This year, inspired by the objectives of Freedom to Read week, students from the newly formed University of King’s College and Dalhousie PEN centre arranged for a bookmobile to visit communities with limited access to books.

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A Tribute to Alison Gordon

A Tribute to Alison Gordon

By | February 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

PEN was saddened to hear of Alison Gordon’s passing on February 12, 2015. Notes poured in from former board members who wanted to share their thoughts, on the fierce, fiery, funny Alison.

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