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.
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.
November 16, 2021 - In Ontario, a judge has dismissed the defamation lawsuit of Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, against Warren Kinsella, a political columnist and strategist.
October 26, 2021 - This past summer, Justice Minister David Lametti introduced Bill C-36 in the Canadian House of Commons to better define and combat hate propaganda and hate speech, especially on the Internet.
Septe 24, 2021 - In the United States, Banned Books Week begins on September 26 and ends on October 2. The week-long event is organized by the American Library Association.
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.