Systemic Faithism: Parliament Hill Rally

On April 12, 2018, a group of determined and passionate people gathered on the steps of Canada's Parliament Hill to protest one of Canada's most persistent and consistently defended forms of systemic faithism -  the public funding of religious schools and school boards in Canada.  The speakers represented a coalition of individuals and organizations under … Continue reading Systemic Faithism: Parliament Hill Rally

United Nations World Freedom of the Press Day

While http://www.freedom-of-expression.ca is not focussed on press freedom, we keep our eye on things and celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2018!  The following information is drawn from the United Nations website. World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 … Continue reading United Nations World Freedom of the Press Day

Ottawa Panel Discussion: Freedom of Expression Under Fire

In celebration of  the United Nations' World Press Freedom Day, the Humanist Association of Ottawa (HAO) announces an open-to-the-public panel discussion regarding freedom of expression in Canadian academia and media. Freedom of Expression Under Fire! - Academia and the Media: The New Battlegrounds. Thursday May 03, 2018 - 6:30 PM Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 … Continue reading Ottawa Panel Discussion: Freedom of Expression Under Fire

United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights

On March 15, 2006, the United Nations' Human Rights Council established a Universal Periodic Review  (UPR) process which mandated the Council to "undertake a universal periodic review, based on objective and reliable information, of the fulfilment by each State of its human rights obligations and commitments in a manner which ensures universality of coverage and equal … Continue reading United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights

Canada, Freely Expressed: A Defense of the Right to Deplorable Opinions

Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking.  According to Wikipedia, it has been estimated that 75% of all people experience some degree of anxiety/nervousness when public speaking.[3] In fact, surveys have shown that most people fear public speaking more than they fear death.[4]  While clinical causes of glossophobia have been speculated about, it is also interesting … Continue reading Canada, Freely Expressed: A Defense of the Right to Deplorable Opinions