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News January 22, 2020

BPC Bulletin: Cancel Culture: Canadian Edition

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


Cancel culture: condemning and isolating individuals whose opinions are deemed improper; pressuring institutions to cancel speaking engagements of people whose views some regard as insensitive, hateful or wrong-headed.

— Sara Horowitz

In recent months, some Canadians have tried to deny public platforms to prominent people such as George Elliott Clarke, Meghan Murphy, Don Cherry and Jordan Peterson. As a result, some Canadian writers have tried to explain cancel culture to their readers.

Five opinion columns and a recording of a radio broadcast appear below.


In the Calgary Herald, Catherine Ford writes:

In the National Post, Jonathan Kay writes:

In The Silhouette — the newspaper of McMaster University in Hamilton — Suad Alad writes:

In the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, John Gormley writes:

In The Canadian Jewish News, Sara Horowitz writes:


In early November 2019, Duncan McCue of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup asked people whether cancel culture has gone too far.


The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

January 22, 2020
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