Freedom of Speech

Doctors Should Not Be Forced to Prescribe the Pill

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

There have been complaints about the three Ottawa doctors who won't prescribe the birth control pill. They don't prescribe it partly out of religious conviction, but also because they believe it's bad medicine. Research shows plenty of evidence against the pill. If conscience is overturned and doctors who disagree are forced to prescribe it, this will ironically mean the provision of inferior care. Using hearts and minds together is what conscience protection allows for. Does anyone actually want anything less in their doctor?

University of Calgary Abortion Display Verdict Not a Victory for Free Speech

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Alberta
Samuel Mosonyi

The University of Calgary recently reversed the guilty verdict of seven pro-life students who were found guilty of non-academic misconduct for setting up a display with graphic photos comparing abortion to the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide. The court decision has been heralded by some as being a victory for free speech on campus. But it's not.

The Globe and Mail Gets Hindu Fascism Wrong

Prashanth Gopalan | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Prashanth Gopalan

An article published in the Globe and Mail last week lulled readers into thinking that India is struggling to contain a growing Hindu fascist movement, carelessly employing reductionism and omission to present a distorted view of a country that is gaining economic and cultural importance for Canada.

Teaching Kids to Think Critically at School

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Recently, I was speaking with a group of teacher-candidates about the need to engage children at every age in thinking critically. If we think a rule is unfair, we want to ask the people who devised the rule what their purpose was.

"Twiterrorism" Is Making Governments Tremble

Maria Fleming | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Maria Fleming

Twitter is becoming a powerful threat to government because anyone, anywhere can participate anonymously and all voices are on an equal playing field. This tool's ability to quickly assemble groups from the comfort of one's home is making governments tremble.

The Slow and Painful Death of Freedom in Canada

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada
Adam Kingsmith

Less than a generation ago, Canada was a world leader when it came to the fundamental democratic freedoms of assembly, speech and information. So perhaps it is time for us Canadians to wake up and smell the suppression -- no longer are censorships solely the purview of tin-pot dictators in far away regimes.

Think Canada Allows Freedom of Speech? Think Again

Tom Kott | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

This societal need to prosecute potty mouths and anything deemed offensive has become a popular trend in Canada. Most recently this has been transcended into anti-bullying laws introduced in legislatures all over the country.We have to be careful about legislating offensiveness. We cannot allow the government to decide what subjective comments are acceptable and which should land you in prison. Britain is taking steps to restore absolute freedom of speech, so should Canada.

First the Arab Spring, Now Muslim Women's Emancipation?

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

Afifa Luaibi wrote a substantial article I found on an Arabic website. Nothing is revealed about the personal details of the writer, but the article reveals a lot about her very progressive thoughts, which are bound to ruffle some feathers in the Middle East, but which constitute a breath of fresh air in the ongoing debate about Muslim women and their rights.

Paris, City of Love...or Censorship?

Rachel Ryan | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada
Rachel Ryan

The French aren't exactly known for their modesty when it comes to gloating about their own country. But they are known for their privacy when it comes to scandalous stories about their politicians. Sorry, did I say "privacy?" I meant "censorship."

Help Free a Canadian Prisoner under Torture in Iran

Farah Mawani | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada
Farah Mawani

Saeed Malekpour was sentenced to death on October 2010 on false confessions he gave two years ago when subjected to physical and psychological torture. The release of Sarah, Shane, and Josh from Evin prison shows that we, as a community, can put a stop to yet another indictment on human rights.

Intolerance and the Religious Right

Farzana Hassan | Posted 03.16.2012 | Canada Politics
Farzana Hassan

The most retrogressive segments of Muslim society often angrily conclude that reformist Muslims only speak from a position of ignorance when questioning orthodox religious practice. Progressive Muslims are ignorant, self-serving, heretical, and hypocritical according to these conservatives, who consistently accuse revisionists of being fifth columnists with nefarious ulterior motives.

Occupy Victoria, Vancouver Hold Their Ground

CBC | Posted 01.15.2012 | Canada

Police, firefighters and city workers moved in on the Occupy Vancouver camp site on Tuesday morning, removingseveral tents and tarps and ...

Banning Books in the Age of Information

Robert Wheaton | Posted 12.01.2011 | Canada
Robert Wheaton

On Jan. 25, Twitter's website became inaccessible in Egypt. Protestors, who had gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in other cities across the count...

Invisible Iranians

Roya Boroumand | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada
Roya Boroumand

What determines political developments in a closed country does not necessarily happen in front of the cameras with tanks rolling over protesters. The most important struggle is a long term fight to be heard and the psychological warfare between the persecuted and the persecutors.

Israel Is Pushing Me Away

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 09.20.2011 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

The boycott bill is not a moral victory for those who espouse Israel's cause; it is a setback. It is not a sign of strength over Israel's critics; it is a sign of weakness. Silence! We don't want to hear it anymore. Discussion over.