BPC Bulletins

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

BPC Bulletin: Sensitivity or Censorship in Modern Fiction


October 31, 2019 - A sensitivity reader is someone who reads a manuscript with the express purpose of identifying and questioning plot elements, characters, language, and tropes that come across as inauthentic, lazy, stereotypical, or downright offensive.


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BPC Bulletin: Authors Protest Upcoming Speaking Event at Toronto Public Library- Part 3


October 29, 2019 - People continue to write about the scheduled speaking engagement of Meghan Murphy, a controversial feminist, at the Palmerston branch of the Toronto Public Library.


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BPC Bulletin: Authors Protest Upcoming Speaking Event at Toronto Public Library - Part 2


October 23, 2019 - The Toronto Public Library has permitted Meghan Murphy, a controversial feminist, to speak on October 29, 2019. However, a group of authors has launched a petition to protest the event.


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BPC Bulletin: Authors Protest Upcoming Speaking Event at Toronto Public Library - Part 1


October 18, 2019 - The Toronto Public Library has allowed Meghan Murphy, a controversial feminist, to book space for a public speaking event on October 29, 2019. However, a group of authors has launched a petition to protest the event.


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BPC Bulletin: Steven Galloway Awarded Access to Confidential Email


October 7th, 2019 - In British Columbia, a judge in the province’s Supreme Court has awarded author Steven Galloway access to messages that were emailed between a woman who accused him of sexual assault and staff at the University of British Columbia.


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BPC Bulletin: Vancouver Public Library Revises Room-Booking Policy


October 3, 2019 - The board of the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has approved a revised policy for people who wish to book library rooms and equipment.


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BPC Bulletin: Reporter Justin Brake Files Charter Challenge


October 2, 2019 - Justin Brake — the journalist who was charged with civil and criminal offences after he reported an Innu and Inuit protest at the construction site of a hydroelectric dam in Labrador in October 2016 — has filed a Charter challenge in court.


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BPC Bulletin: The Supreme Court of Canada Rules on Denis v. Cote


October 2, 2019 - On September 27, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on the dispute between Marie-Maude Denis, a journalist in Quebec, and Marc-Yvan Coté, a former Quebec cabinet minister who faces criminal charges.


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BPC Bulletin: Censorship Exhibition in Quebec City


Sept 12, 2019 - In Quebec City, an exhibition about censorship and its manifestations is expected to occur this month.


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BPC Bulletin: Your Ward News Publisher and Editor Sentenced in Toronto


Sept 1, 2019 - In Toronto, the publisher and editor of Your Ward News have been sentenced in court for promoting hatred against women and Jews.

LeRoy St. Germaine, the paper’s publisher, was sentenced to 12 months of strict house arrest.


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BPC Bulletin: Indigenous Government Tries to Silence Whistleblower


August 19, 2019 - In northwestern British Columbia, the Nisga’a Lisims Government (NLG) is trying to legally silence one of its employees.


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BPC Bulletin: New Book: Promenade en Enfer


July 23, 2019 - A new history of censorship has appeared: Pierrette Lafond’s Promenade en Enfer: Les livres à l'index de la bibliothèque historique du Séminaire de Québec.


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BPC Bulletin: Federal Government Committee Publishes Its Report about Online Hatred


July 4, 2019 - In June 2019, the House Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in Ottawa published a report about hateful expression on the Internet.


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BPC Bulletin: Fear and Loathing in Young-Adult Publishing


June 21, 2019 - In the world of young-adult publishing, some fiction authors face barrages of abuse and threats — including death threats — on social media for their portrayals of minority characters and different cultures.


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BPC Bulletin: Federal Government Committee Considers Hateful Expression on the Internet


June 12, 2019 - In Ottawa, a federal government committee is considering ways to stem the tide of hate propaganda and incitement to hatred on the Internet.


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BPC Bulletin: Defamation Lawsuit News Roundup


June 6, 2019 - The following news reports about Canadian defamation lawsuits appeared in the Canadian news media.


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BPC Bulletin: Your Ward News Update


June 4, 2019 - In a Toronto courtroom, the sentencing of a convicted hatemonger has been postponed a second time.


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BPC Bulletin: The Christchurch Call to Action and Canada's Digital Charter


June 3, 2019 - The Canadian government is taking new steps to counter hate speech, misinformation and other threats on the Internet.


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BPC Bulletin: Le Journal de Mourréal Loses Trademark Dispute


May 30, 2019 - In the Superior Court of Quebec, Le Journal de Mourréal — a satirical website — has lost a trademark dispute with Le Journal de Montréal.


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BPC Bulletin: Kevin J. Johnston Fined $2.5 Million


May 18, 2019 - In Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, a judge has fined a videographer $2.5 million for making hateful, defamatory remarks about a Lebanese-Canadian restaurateur.


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BPC Bulletin: Justin Brake Scores a Victory in Court


May 13, 2019 - In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Court of Appeal recently dismissed a civil charge of contempt against Justin Brake, a journalist.


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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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