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: The Supreme Court of Canada Rules on Ward v. Quebec

November 13, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in Mike Ward’s favour in a case that pitted the comedian’s right to free expression over singer Jérémy Gabriel’s right to dignity as defined by Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Proposed Shortening of Poetry Book Provokes Mi'kmaw Poet

June, 1 2021 - In Nova Scotia, the Department of Education and Rebecca Thomas, a Mi’kmaw poet, have clashed over the proposed publication of a school edition of her poems.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Freedom to Read Week 2021

March 4, 2021 - In Canada, Freedom to Read Week ended on February 27. The national event caught the attention of journalists in several Canadian communities.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: The Supreme Court of Canada Hears a Case About the Limits of Comedy

February 22, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada heard the dispute between Mike Ward, a stand-up comedian, and the Quebec human rights commission on February 15.

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.