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Has the chill on free speech begun to lift in Canada?

Under Stephen Harper, left-leaning charities were often intimidated into silence by the CRA, harming all Canadians. Justin Trudeau seems to want to reverse that trend. In his mandate letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a laundry list of things he wants his new cabinet to accomplish. It’s worth a read, …

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Abdul-jalil Al-Singace temporarily released for mother’s funeral

The Bahraini government has temporarily released Dr. Abdul-jalil Al-Singace, a prominent opposition figure, to attend his mother’s funeral. Now that he’s out, I hope they realize that not only is he no threat to them simply for speaking his mind, but keeping him in prison makes them look absolutely terrible. Why is the government of …

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Toronto Police, apparently not having gotten that pesky Charter memo, harass citizen photographer

Let’s review a few basic facts, shall we? First of all, in Canada, where I live, there is a thing called the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and in that Charter is Section 2(b), which goes a little something like this: 2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: … (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion …

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