When and how should non-Indigenous reporters cover an Indigenous story?

May 17, 2022

Panelists: Willow Fiddler, Brandi Morin

Moderator: Duncan McCue

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How Canada can lead in privacy reform globally

May 12, 2022

#9 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Elizabeth Denham In conversation with Andrew Clement

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Putin's War on Journalists

May 5, 2022

#3 in CFE Series: Threats to Press Freedom

Panelists: Ekaterina Kotrikadze, Alexey Kovalev, Maxim Trudolyubov, Chris Brown

Moderator: Julian Sher

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Corporate Rules: The Real World of Business Regulation in Canada

Apr 26, 2022

Panelists: Bruce Campbell, Jason MacLean, Theresa McClenaghan, Jennifer Quaid

Moderator: James L. Turk

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2022 Peter Bryce Prize for Whistleblowing

Apr 20, 2022

Announcement & Presentation

2022 Winner: Janet Merlo

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Afghanistan: The War Against Journalists

Apr 6, 2022

Panelists: Shakor Kamran, Makia Monir, Rachel Pulfer

Moderator: Julian Sher

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The Future of Democracy in an Era of Social Fragmentation

Mar 15, 2022

Tara Henley In conversation with Samir Gandesha

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Silencing Kashmir—The state of press freedom in the world’s most militarized zone

Mar 2, 2022

Panelists: Aakash Hassan, Raqib Hameed Naik, Kunal Majumder, Geeta Seshu

Moderator: Julian Sher

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Dr. Michèle Brill-Edwards & Health Canada’s Regulation of Prescription Drugs

Feb 24, 2022

#1 in CFE Series: Why Whistleblowers Matter

Michèle Brill-Edwards In conversation with James L. Turk

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“How do you know that?” When journalists’ best questions seem too sensitive to ask

Feb 17, 2022

Panelists: Vidya Kauri, Shenaz Kermalli, Adrian Ma

Moderator: Janice Neil

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In the Golden Age of Surveillance, Can Privacy Laws Save Us?

Jan 26, 2022

#8 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Tamir Israel In conversation with Andrew Clement

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How to re-claim digital platforms for democracy in Canada

Jan 18, 2022

#7 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Wendy Chun In conversation with Andrew Clement

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Use a Scalpel Or A Club?

Jan 12, 2022

#6 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Konrad von Finckenstein In conversation with Andrew Clement

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How Should Democracies Regulate Speech Online?

Dec 8, 2021

#5 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Jameel Jaffer In Conversation with Andrew Clement

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Black Stand-Up Comedy as Cultural Critique

Nov 16, 2021

Terrence Tucker in conversation with Vershawn Young

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Watch What You Say! The whole world is becoming your workplace

Nov 8, 2021

Charles Smith in conversation with Daniel J. Paré

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Governing Big Tech in Canada

Nov 2, 2021

#4 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Taylor Owen - In Conversation with Andrew Clement​

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Publication Bans vs. Press Freedom & Open Courts

Oct 27, 2021

Panelists: Ryder Gilliand, Alyshah Hasham, Paul Schabas, Alexi Wood

Moderator: Justin Safayeni

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Challenging Racism in Anti-Racism

Oct 20, 2021

Samir Gandesha in conversation with Charles Reeve

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The Problem of Anti-Racist Discourse in Canada & US

Oct 5, 2021

Anthony Stewart in conversation with Vershawn Young

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Countering Islamophobia in Canada: After 20 Years of the "War on Terror"

Sep 22, 2021

Azeezah Kanji - In Conversation with Tim McSorley​

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Can Tougher Hate Speech Laws Stem the Tide of Hate: Examining Bill C-36

Sep 15, 2021

Panelists: Faisal Bhabha, Ena Chadha, Richard Moon

Moderator: Cara Zwibel

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Defund Big Tech, Refund Communities

Jun 10, 2021

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Take Control of Algorithms, Data, and Infrastructure

Jun 2, 2021

#2 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Meredith Whittaker​ - In Conversation with Andrew Clement

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How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism: Seize the Means of Computation

May 19, 2021

#1 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Cory Doctorow - In Conversation with Andrew Clement​

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Demise of School Libraries: Consequences & Options

May 12, 2021

Panelists: Michael W. Apple, Brandi Bartok, Kamaljit Purewal, Dianne Oberg

Moderator: Richard Beaudry

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Pressured To Be Silent: Workers, COVID & the Cost for Society

May 5, 2021

Panelists: Kit Andres, Gagandeep Kaur, Deena Ladd

Moderator: Myer Siemiatycki

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Does Confidentiality Work Against Justice?

Apr 28, 2021

Panelists: Julie Macfarlane, Dan Michaluk, Ifeoma Ozoma, Emma Phillips

Moderator: Anna Myers

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Broadband Access: How Can It Be a Reality for All?

Apr 20, 2021

Panelists: Paolo Cardullo, Ray Noyes, Sofia Ranchardos, Madeleine Redfern

Moderator: Alexandra Flynn

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Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair

Apr 13, 2021

Sarah Schulman - In Conversation with Lana Dee Povitz

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Cancel Culture in Theatre: What is to be done?

Apr 7, 2021

Carmen Aguirre - In Conversation with Marilo Nuñez​

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Ag-Gag Laws & the Public’s Right to Know

Mar 11, 2021

Panelists: Robert Cribb, Jodi Lazare, Richard Moon

Moderator: Cara Zwibel

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Comedy, Free Expression & Social Justice

Mar 3, 2021

Charlie Demers - In Conversation with Tara Henley​

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2021 Peter Bryce Prize for Whistleblowing

Mar 3, 2021

Announcement & Presentation of Inaugural Award

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Transforming "Call Out" Culture

Feb 24, 2021

Loretta Ross  - In Conversation with Asam Ahmad​

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Canadian Authors and Books: An Endangered Species?

Feb 18, 2021

Panelists: Drew Hayden Taylor, Pilar Martinez, Barb Minett, Jim Lorimer

Moderator: Victor Rabinovitch

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Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age

Feb 10, 2021

Panelists: David Hutton, Mariette Pilon, Teresa Scassa

Moderator: Brenda McPhail

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Facial Recognition: A pathway or threat to our future

Feb 3, 2021

Panelists: Brenda McPhail, Tamir Israel, Jacob Schroeder

Moderator: Bernie Lucht

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Anti-Black Racism and Language

Jan 19, 2021

Vershawn Young - In Conversation with Awad Ibrahim​

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Cancel Culture, Censorship, and Free Expression

Dec 9, 2020

Panelists: Piers Benn, Christina de Castell, Inaya Folarin-Iman, Eric Lybeck

Moderator: James L. Turk

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Smart Cities in Canada: Digital Dreams, Corporate Designs

Nov 24, 2020

Panelists: Alexandra Flynn, Blayne Haggart, Jennifer Raso, Mariana Valverde

Moderator: James L. Turk

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Anti-Black Racism and Inequality: What Is to Be Done?

Nov 17, 2020

Adolph Reed, Jr. - In Conversation with Umair Muhammad

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Legal Protections for Whistleblowers: What is needed in Canada?

Nov 10, 2020

Canada, unlike other countries, has little effective legal protection for those who speak out to stop wrongdoing that harms the public.

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Anti-Black Racism and the Theatre

Nov 3, 2020

Philip Akin - In Conversation with Luke Reece

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Shakespeare: A Playwright for our polarized times?

Oct 28, 2020

Iqbal Khan - In Conversation with Carolyn Sale

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Beyond Conflict: Theatre and the Art of Embracing Controversy or Dissonance

Oct 15, 2020

Iqbal Khan - In Conversation with Robin Sokoloski

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CFE Virtual Forum Series: Platforms of Distortion – Can They Be Fixed?

Jun 30, 2020

Digital platforms are perfect delivery systems for gossip and entertainment. Unfortunately they now distribute most of our news.

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CFE Virtual Forum Series: Challenges facing “smart city” projects in Canada: A conversation with Sheldon Levy

Jun 23, 2020

Google-affiliate Sidewalk Labs proposals for a “smart city” community on Toronto’s waterfront has sparked utopian dreams and dystopian fears.

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CFE Virtual Forum Series: Can Journalism Be Saved?

Jun 17, 2020

Over the past two decades, we have witnessed the economic devastation of institutional journalism that creates new content through original reporting and research.


CFE Virtual Forum Series: Fighting Anti-Semitism or Silencing Critics of Israel?

Jun 10, 2020

Around the world, governments are being encouraged to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism developed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Association, with its controversial list of examples.

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CFE Virtual Forum Series: Is It Time to Re-examine Limits on Workplace Free Expression?

Jun 2, 2020

Constitutional protection for free expression does not extend to the workplace. To the contrary, most employees face many restrictions on their free expression, which only seem to be expanding in the era of social media.

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CFE Virtual Forum Series: Has Our Fear of Offending Gone Too Far?

May 28, 2020

How has the treatment of conflicting views changed in recent years? What does it mean for democratic discussion and practice?

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CFE Virtual Forum Series: Who is ‘Free’ to Speak of “Genocide”?

May 20, 2020

When the The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was published, the use of this term “genocide” triggered academic controversy, media frenzy, and strong reactions across Indian country and settler society.

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CFE Virtual Forum Series: The Smart City in a Digital World

May 13, 2020

Many claims have been made about both the wondrous future smart cities can provide and the serious threats they pose. Watch our expert panel in a lively discussion of vital questions.

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CFE Virtual Forum Series: Pandemics and Civil Liberties

May 6, 2020

The coronavirus poses a threat to our individual and collective future. As governments attempt to deal with the pandemic, they face apparent trade-offs between collective wellbeing and individual human rights and civil liberties.

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Can social media hate, lies, and harassment be regulated? How?

Feb 4, 2020

The wonderful potential of social media has a dangerous and damaging dark side directed disproportionately to women and marginalized people. Solutions seem elusive given social media’s anonymity, the permanence of its record, and the capacity of cyberabuse to go viral.

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Is Privacy Possible in the proposed Sidewalk Toronto or any “Smart City”?

Jan 22, 2020

Google-affiliate Sidewalk Labs is selling a vision of a “smart city” future for a section of Toronto’s port lands.

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Can your face be your undoing: The perils of facial recognition

Dec 3, 2019

What does consent look like, in an era of facial recognition? What rules need to be in place to keep us safe? Can it ever be used 'responsibly'?

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How is the public to know? When regulators lose sight of their public role

Nov 21, 2019

Are Canadian regulatory agencies allowing themselves to be captured by those they regulate – Health Canada by drug companies, Transport Canada by the airlines and railways?

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Defending Alberta – at What Cost?

Sep 10, 2019

Premier Kenney’s promised assault on critics of the Alberta oil and gas industry has a disturbing resonance with the actions of right-wing populist governments around the world.

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Government Funding of Journalism

May 9, 2019

Can freedom of the press survive government funding of journalism?

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Learning When Not To Shut Up

Apr 17, 2019

What does freedom of expression look like for Canadian kids? Disturbingly, it’s not very clear.

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Free Expression and National Interests: The Case of China

Apr 11, 2019

As U.S. cultural influence slips, China is ramping up its use of cultural, educational and diplomatic initiatives to influence and control expression and its image in Canada and elsewhere.

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Defunding Difference and Dissent on Campus: Why Should Canadians Care?

Feb 26, 2019

Ontario Premier Ford claims to be a champion of free speech but is undermining the ability of students to be heard.

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On Toronto’s Waterfront: Whose Money, Land and Power?

Feb 7, 2019

Who determines what happens on Toronto's waterfront? How can waterfront development be inclusive and democratic?

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Whose Data and Whose City?

Jan 24, 2019

The deal between Google-affiliate Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto for a ‘smart city’ district on waterfront lands raises serious public issues about who will govern the massive amount of data

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Cultural Appropriation

Nov 20, 2018

Cultural appropriation has been described both as theft of traditional knowledge, intellectual property, cultural expressions or artifacts, and as an inevitable part of the artistic process.

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Police Surveillance and Civil Liberties

Oct 24, 2018

The growing number of police technologies may serve legitimate police purposes but raise serious questions about civil liberties and privacy.

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Countering “Hate Speech”

Oct 18, 2018

Canadians and Canadian universities are struggling with the rise of hate and hateful speech. Demands for censorship are growing. But do tougher laws and university regulations against “hate speech” work?

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The Future of Investigative Journalism is Here

Oct 3, 2018

A new model for investigative reporting is emerging in Canada with a unique mandate: replace journalistic competition with collaboration. 

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Privilege and Power

Sep 19, 2018

How does talk of "privilege" both illuminate and obscure our society's most basic concentrations of power?

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The Censorship of Art

Sep 6, 2018

Throughout history, art has been censored for challenging standards of decency, propriety and good taste. That history of censorship continues in Canada today.

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CFE Anti-SLAPP legislation workshop

Jun 13, 2018

Presentation by Peter Jacobsen, one of Canada’s top media and defamation lawyers. Ontario Anti-SLAPP legislation ("Protection of

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WARNING! How the Secrets of Body Care and Cleaning Products Impact You Health

May 7, 2018

Chemicals in personal care and cleaning products you use regularly have been linked to fertility problems, birth defects, cancer, asthma and respiratory disorders, and hormone disruption.

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Are Arts Funders Starting to Define the Art?

Apr 23, 2018

Critics have charged that arts funders in Canada have begun imposing bureaucratic rules that compromise artistic freedom.  Join four prominent experts who will explore this issue in a lively discus

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Battling Secrecy

Nov 27, 2017

Ken Rubin will share his experiences and expertise in this talk – bringing to life with examples of what access to information can do, what barriers journalists and the public face, and how to over

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White License, Free Expression & Death Threats: The Challenges of Confronting Racism

Oct 12, 2017

When Johnny Eric Williams used controversial racially-charged language on social media to draw attention to systemic racism, he faced death threats and was suspended by Trinity College.

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You Can’t Say That! – Teachers’ Rights to Free Expression

May 24, 2017

While free expression is a Charter right, teachers face serious limitations on what they can do and say in school and outside.

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You’re being watched: How we can expose the watchers and protect our rights

Apr 19, 2017

Edward Snowden’s documents are a gold mine of information about how we are being watched. Light will look at privacy, the role of telecommunications providers, key surveillance programs and   introduce the Snowden Archive-in-a-Box

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Hate, Trolls and Freedom of Expression Online: What to do?

Apr 4, 2017

The surge in both online abuse demands we reconsider the thorny question of how democratic societies deal with abusive discourse while preserving the right to free expression.

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger! The Importance of Whistleblowers in the Public and Corporate Worlds

Mar 29, 2017

Whistleblowers typically pay a huge price for their openness and honesty. Why is that? What can be done to protect them and the public interest.

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All Governments Lie: Film & Discussion

Mar 23, 2017

Award-winning Canadian filmmaker, Peter Raymont, the film’s producer, will discuss the making of the documentary and the issues it raises.

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Journalists, Free Expression & Mexico's War on Drugs

Mar 9, 2017

An inside look at what’s happening to journalists and free expression in Mexico, which, since 2006, has become one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists.

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Should charities have the same free expression rights as corporations?

Jan 25, 2017

An expert panel discusses the restrictions on charities, what it means for citizens' free speech and democracy, and what should be done.

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Is This the End of the Web as We Know It? How Facebook and Other Large Companies are Closing the Open Web

Nov 17, 2016

Corporate control, and the "tyranny of the popular." Fake news, filter bubbles, and apps as "walled gardens." Have we lost a free and democratic internet? 

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Seeing Cuba from Behind the Tourist Curtain: An Evening with Filmmaker Enrique Colina

Nov 15, 2016

Enrique Colina is an eminent Cuban filmmaker, director and film critic who will share his reflections on Cuba through conversation and film clips.

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Is There a "Rape Culture" in Canada? A Critical Conversation

Nov 9, 2016

"Rape culture” has become a key concept as Canadians try to understand and effectively address sexual assault and sexual violence.

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Making Criticism a Crime: Criminal Libel and Free Speech

Nov 1, 2016

Lisa Taylor will reveal new research that shows a resurgence of criminal libel prosecutions for criticism of the police and others in power or authority.

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Is Fear of Terrorism jeopardizing your rights? Bill C-51 and National Security

Oct 13, 2016

The federal government is asking Canadians how far they want to go in sacrificing rights and freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism.  What is at stake for you, your family and friends, and demo

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Why the Secrecy? Police Conduct and the Public’s Right to Know

Sep 22, 2016

Should reports of investigations of police behaviour be made public? How should the competing interests in transparency, accountability, privacy and confidentiality be dealt with?

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Revenge Porn & Sexting: What to do?

Apr 8, 2016

The law, freedom of expression and privacy.

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Can Medical Science Be Trusted if its Authors are Ghosts?

Mar 17, 2016

Much of the apparently scientific literature on drug safety and effectiveness is ghost-written by the pharmaceutical industry, but published under the names of eminent academic researchers. David H

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How to Protect Your Privacy in the Digital World

Mar 15, 2016

With a pre-recorded cameo appearance by Edward Snowden.

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Whose Pain Goes Viral? Economies of Empathy After Paris 2015

Feb 24, 2016

In this illustrated talk Len Findlay will examine the historical interplay of fame and infamy, information and authority, to help frame the current notion of “going viral” and how suffering overpow

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Is it time for journalists to abandon the ideal of neutrality?

Feb 8, 2016

Traditionally journalists have been expected to be neutral, non-partisan, and dispassionate in relation to the stories they cover. But is that possible? Does it serve the public interest?

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What will Bill C-51 mean for freedom of expression and civil liberties in Canada?

Feb 2, 2016

Two distinguished Canadian experts will discuss what C-51 will mean for our freedom of expression and civilities.

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Our State Is Watching Us: Mass surveillance and free expression in Canada after Snowden

Mar 10, 2015

Andrew Clement will provide an overview of the main state surveillance programs revealed through Snowden's leaks, particularly as they affect Canadians, and highlight the various threats they pose

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