BPC Bulletins

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee

BPC Bulletin: Trademark Protection v. Satire


April 10, 2019 - On April 1, 2019, Quebec’s Superior Court of Justice began to hear the dispute between Québecor and the Journal de Mourréal.


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BPC Bulletin: Morgane Oger v. William Whatcott


April 8, 2019 - On March 27, 2019, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled on a dispute between Morgane Oger and William Whatcott.


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BPC Bulletin: Quebec Police Confiscate Horror Novel; Author and Publisher Face Porn Charges


March, 25, 2019 - On March 14, 2019, police in Quebec raided the home of author Yvan Godbout and the office of publisher Nycolas Doucet. The police confiscated copies of Mr. Godbout’s horror novel Hansel et Gretel.


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BPC Bulletin: Freedom of Speech in the Arts: Voices from the Left


On February 18, 2019, just before Freedom to Read Week, a panel of self-described left-wing artists, academics and activists participated in a panel discussion at the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.


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BPC Bulletin: The CBSA's Quarterly Lists of Prohibited Publications


March 13, 2019 - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has provided two new lists of imported publications that the CBSA detained in the second half of 2018.


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BPC Bulletin: The Quebec Press Act


March 10, 2019 - On February 18, 2019, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that the Quebec Press Act does not apply to articles on the Internet.


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BPC Bulletin: Freedom to Read Week


February 23, 2019 - In Canada, the 35th Freedom to Read Week begins on February 24.


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BPC Bulletin: B.C. Legislature Considers Anti-SLAPP Bill


February 22, 2019 - In Victoria, the B.C. legislature heard the first reading of Bill 2 — the Protection of Public Participation Act — on February 13, 2019.


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BPC Bulletin: Your Ward News Publisher and Editor Convicted of Promoting Hatred


February 13, 2019 - In January 2019, the publisher and editor of Toronto’s Your Ward News were convicted in the Ontario Court of Justice of wilfully promoting hatred against Jews and women.


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BPC Bulletin: 30th Anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's Fatwa


February 14, 2019 - This year, February 14 is the 30th anniversary of the day when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran ordered the death of author Salman Rushdie and his publishing associates for producing The Satanic Verses.


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BPC Bulletin: Ontario Cabinet Minister Launches Defamation Lawsuit


February 11, 2019 - Vic Fedeli, the Ontario government’s minister of finance, is suing Patrick Brown, the former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, and his book publisher for defamation.


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BPC Bulletin: Montreal Gazette Spikes Editorial Cartoon


February 10, 2019 - In Quebec, the Montreal Gazette has spiked one of Terry Mosher’s editorial cartoons.


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BPC Bulletin: B'nai Brith Canada Accuses Muslim Organization in Ontario


January 31, 2019 - B’nai Brith Canada, a Jewish organization, has asked the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the charitable status of the Islamic Society of York Region (ISYR) in Ontario. The ISYR is headed by Zafar Bangash.


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BPC Bulletin: Toronto Publisher and Editor Convicted of Promoting Hatred


January 29, 2019 - On January 24, 2019, the publisher and editor of Toronto’s Your Ward News were convicted in the Ontario Court of Justice of wilfully promoting hatred against Jews and women.


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BPC Bulletin: Raina Telgemeier's Drama


January 18, 2019 - The Ottawa Catholic School Board has decided to return Raina Telgemeier’s Drama to elementary school library shelves.


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BPC Bulletin: Mike Ward


January 18, 2019 - In Montreal, the Quebec Court of Appeal is hearing Mike Ward’s appeal of a decision of Quebec’s human rights tribunal.


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BPC Bulletin: Canada Post and Your Ward News


November 23, 2018 - Carla Qualtrough, the federal minister of public services, has permanently ordered Canada Post to cease delivery of Toronto’s Your Ward News.


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