BPC Bulletin: Boycott of Canadian Lawyer Magazine (2)

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

In February 2021, more than 160 lawyers, law professors and others signed a letter that endorses a boycott of Canadian Lawyer magazine.

They objected to the publication of an opinion column by Shahdin Farsai, a lawyer in British Columbia, in the first week of February 2021.

Farsai objects to a direction by the B.C. Supreme and Provincial courts that requires (as she said) “parties and/or lawyers to state their preferred gender pronouns at the beginning of all court proceedings ...”

On February 7, Key Media, the magazine’s publisher, removed Farsai’s column from canadianlawyermag.com.

REPORTAGE

At Canadaland, Danielle Paradis writes:
https://www.canadaland.com/canadian-lawyer-magazine-deleted-repulsive-article-about-gender-pronouns-in-court/

COMMENTARY

In the National Post, Bruce Pardy writes:
https://nationalpost.com/opinion/bruce-pardy-b-c-courts-asking-for-correct-pronouns-is-state-mandated-identity-politics

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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