In Ottawa, the federal Liberal government’s group of 12 experts who considered ways and means of limiting harms on the internet finished their meetings and released their findings this summer.
The Expert Advisory Group on Online Safety concluded their 10 meetings on June 10, 2022, and released their findings on July 8, 2022.
In Vancouver, students at Eric Hamber Secondary School have prepared a bill to protect the interests of student journalists in British Columbia.
Spencer Izen and Jessica Kim, who produce the school’s newspaper, The Griffin’s Nest, sent the Student Press Freedom Act to David Eby, B.C.’s attorney general. They hope the legislature will enact the bill into law.
In Ontario, the Upper Canada District School Board has ordered its teachers to stop assigning Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None to students.
The school board regards a few references in the mystery novel as anti-Semitic.
In Ottawa, the federal Liberal government is acting to curb anti-Semitic expression by amending the Criminal Code.
The government wants to ban the “communication of statements, other than in private conversation, that wilfully promote anti-Semitism by condoning, denying or downplaying the Holocaust.”
In New York City, Margaret Atwood and Penguin Random House announced on May 23 that a single fireproof edition of The Handmaid’s Tale would be auctioned by Sotheby’s New York.
The Canadian author and her publisher plan to donate money from the sale to PEN America, which speaks for free expression around the world.
“To see her classic novel about the dangers of oppression reborn in this innovative, unburnable edition is a timely reminder of what’s at stake in the battle against censorship,” said Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House.
Authoritarian governments outside Canada use digital devices and the internet to repress foreign-born political activists and dissidents in Canada.
The targets of digital repression in Canada include people from China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.
Researchers* at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab report:
Psychological and Emotional War: Digital Transnational Repression in Canada - The Citizen Lab