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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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