The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has been recognized as the federal winner in the 2022 Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy for its failure to disclose basic information about how the controversy-laden ArriveCan app’s cost to taxpayers ballooned beyond figures disclosed in original public cost estimates.
The Toronto Police Service (TPS) has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy, in the law enforcement category, for its repeated efforts to block journalists from accessing information needed to hold tax-payer funded agencies accountable.
Sarah Meilleur, the CEO of the Calgary Public Library, has been appointed today to membership on the Centre for Free Expression’s Working Group on Intellectual Freedom.
“We are delighted Sarah has agreed to joining the Centre for Free Expression’s Working Group. She brings a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to intellectual freedom,” said James L. Turk, Director of the CFE.
Ross Alderson, former director of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation's anti-money laundering office, was awarded 2023 Peter Bryce Prize.
Awarded annually by the Centre for Free Expression at Toronto Metropolitan University, the Peter Bryce Prize honours individuals who serve the greater good by courageously speaking up about wrongdoing and abuses of public trust.
A new report, Global Anti-SLAPP Ratings: Assessing the strength of anti-SLAPP laws, compares and ranks the strength of anti-SLAPP laws in the world’s 37 jurisdictions that offer legal protection against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) – legal actions launched to shut down discussion and critical commentary on issues of public interest.
In a letter today to federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriquez, the Centre for Free Expression (CFE) joined twelve other internet policy, civil liberties, and human rights organizations in calling for caution and care in preparing legislation to address illegal and harmful online content in Canada.