Freedom to Read Week February 26 – March 27

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February 26 – March 4 2017 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada. You might be wondering why we need a week for something that is our right under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms but intellectual freedom is not something to take for granted.

Even here in Canada some books and magazines are stopped at the border. Libraries and schools have their collections challenged and these stories are rarely published by the news media. Here is a list of over 100 items that have been challenged – including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Maclean’s magazine – and the nature of the complaints:

Across the country and online there are events and ways to participate and learn more about our Freedom to Read:

So how do we make sure we are free to read without censorship? By insisting that the reading material we want is present and available in our libraries and schools. By understanding and affirming that every one of us has the right and the freedom to read even if they choose to read something we find controversial or we disagree with. And by reading!

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