Censorship

The Issue

Censorship restricts what the public can see, read, hear and know. It happens when some people succeed in imposing their political or moral values on others by suppressing words, images, or ideas to which they object

Why It Matters

Freedom of expression rights are fragile and endangered by efforts of governments, special interest groups or individuals to impose their viewpoints by blocking access to that which they do not approve.

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression upholds the freedom of the public to read, to hear, to see, to know and to think for themselves.  We monitor censorship in Canada, and, through public education and advocacy, we promote free expression.

Resources

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Ontario School Board Removes More Than 4,700 Books from Shelves; Burns or Recycles Many

September 10, 2021 - In southwestern Ontario, a Roman Catholic francophone school board removed more than 4,700 books about Indigenous people from library shelves in 30 schools in 2019. 

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: British Columbia News Roundup

July 18, 2021 - The news reports in this bulletin focus on speech conflicts that have happened recently in British Columbia.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Activists Unreconciled to Presence of Abigail Shrier's Book in Halifax Libraries

June 14, 2021 - In Nova Scotia, activists continue to disapprove of the Halifax Public Library’s decision to keep Abigail Shrier’s Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters on the shelves.

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 Bulletins: Book about Transgender Youth Challenged in Ottawa and Halifax Libraries

May 9, 2021 - In Canada, parents and activists are pushing public libraries in Ottawa and Halifax to remove a book about transgender youth.