BPC Bulletin: British Columbia News Roundup

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

 

The news reports in this bulletin focus on speech conflicts that have happened recently in British Columbia.

People named in these news reports include Harsha Walia, the Qualicum Nature Preservation Society, Dr. Stephen Malthouse and Steven Galloway.

REPORTAGE

After posting a controversial message on Twitter, Harsha Walia, the executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, resigned.

In the National Post, Cheryl Chan reports:
https://nationalpost.com/news/head-of-b-c-civil-liberties-group-resigns-following-controversial-tweet/wcm/76cfc72e-6063-43c0-b4fa-2cf51990c569

In The Georgia Straight, Charlie Smith reports:
https://www.straight.com/news/bc-civil-liberties-association-announces-resignation-of-executive-director-harsha-walia

The Canadian Press reports:

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-civil-liberties-association-leader-resigns-after-controversial-social-media-post-1.5513163

Simon Little of Global News reports:
Head of B.C. Civil Liberties Association resigns after ‘burn it all down’ tweet controversy - BC | Globalnews.ca

In the Vancouver Sun, Daphne Bramham writes:

Bramham: Free speech or hate speech? Civil libertarian lights a fire | Vancouver Sun

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On Vancouver Island, real estate developers and wildlife conservationists are facing off in provincial court.

Todsen Design & Construction Ltd. has named the Qualicum Nature Preservation Society as defendants in a defamation lawsuit.

In The Narwhal, Stephanie Wood reports:

https://thenarwhal.ca/qualium-beach-todsen-development-bc-lawsuit/

In The Tyee, Andrew MacLeod reports:

Free Speech or Defamation? Eco Group Tests BC Anti-SLAPP Law | The Tyee

In the Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Michael Briones reports:

https://www.pqbnews.com/news/qualicum-nature-preservation-society-files-motion-to-dismiss-defamation-claim/

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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia recently reprimanded Dr. Stephen Malthouse for spreading his views about COVID-19 and vaccines.

Dr. Malthouse says his speech rights have been violated. He wants the Supreme Court of British Columbia to toss out the reprimand and declare that the college lacks the authority to act on his public statements about the pandemic.

Bethany Lindsay of CBC News reports:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-stephen-malthouse-doctors-petition-college-1.6092437

In the Comox Valley Record, Mike Chouinard reports:
https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/anti-vax-denman-doctor-sues-college-of-physicians-and-surgeons-over-free-speech/

Bethany Lindsay of CBC News reports:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-stephen-malthouse-doctors-complaints-1.6026272

In iPolitics, Rachel Emmanuel reports:
https://ipolitics.ca/2021/03/09/concern-mounts-over-censorship-of-canadian-doctors/

 

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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