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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