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BPC Bulletin March 10, 2022

Canadian Senator Introduces Bill to Shield Young People from Online Pornography

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

In Parliament, Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne has introduced Bill S-210 to restrict young people’s access to sexually explicit images on the internet.

The bill’s short title: Protecting Young Persons from Exposure to Pornography Act.

The first reading of Bill S-210 occurred in the Senate on November 24, 2021.


Read the text of the bill:


See the bill’s status in Parliament:


At Parents Aware Info, Marilyn Evans talks to Senator Miville-Dechêne on a podcast:


In Canadian Lawyer, Katrina Eñano reports:


Lara Karaian writes at Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression:

In Psychology Today, Amanda L. Giordano writes:

At the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Daly Barnett comments on an earlier incarnation of the proposal (Bill S-203):

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