Artistic Expression

The Issue

Artistic expression is currently being endangered by the fragmentation of society into increasingly inward-focused social groupings that reject alternative perspectives and questions to their taken-for-granted reality. 

Why It Matters

Artistic expression has been a principal way in which the most important aspects of our common humanity have come to be understood and communicated. 

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression engages the public in dialogue about the importance of artistic expression and supports artists when there are attempts to restrict or suppress their work. The Centre is particularly interested in how social media contributes to the fragmentation of society and the chilling of artistic expression.


BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Canada's Highest Court to Hear Mike Ward Case (2)

February 11, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada will soon hear a case that sets the freedom of artistic expression against the freedom from discrimination.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Canada's Highest Court to Hear Mike Ward Case

January 14, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada has scheduled a date to hear the dispute between Mike Ward, a comedian in Quebec, and Quebec’s human rights commission.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: 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.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: A New History: Burning the Books

October 21, 2020 - A new book — Richard Ovenden’s Burning the Books — appeared earlier this year. It is a history of book burning and resistance to book burning.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Author and Publisher of "Hansel et Gretel" Acquitted in Quebec Court (2)

October 9, 2020 - Last month, a judge in the Superior Court of Quebec acquitted a fiction author and a book publisher of child pornography charges.