Freedom of Expression means in Canada a “fundamental freedom” or a form of censorship in America by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms of Section 2. However, this Charter also allows the government to administer “reasonable” limits.
A free speech movement is now apparent than ever.
Canada does not have free speech. However, Canadians have the right to ‘Free Expression’ with many restrictions or a way of censorship in Canada.
New regulations are often implemented, like Government Bill (House of Commons) C-10 (43-2), the pronoun law.
The limits in these laws sound reasonable, and any sane person shouldn’t be wasting time calling people ethnic slurs, threatening them, defamation of character, etc. But, with that being said, where does the line stop, and who decides if what you said is a crime?
Obscenity, defamation, and hate speech are common categories of restriction of speech in Canada. In addition, the cabinet holds power to censor the media if they please by declaring an international emergency or a war.
The War Measures Act had been used to limit free speech from the political opposition in the 1970’s October Crisis.
Libel means a form of a permanent publication like writing in a newspaper or book.
Defamation is an offence that allows a person the right to claim damages for harm to a person’s character due to a publication of words. The law enforces the media to be carefully cautious on what they publish, they must avoid any form of libel, and the media must respect a person’s freedom of expression.
“Defamatory libel” is found in the Criminal Code and is labelled a criminal offence. Subsection 298(1) explains defamatory libel is “material published, without vindication or lawful justification, that may damage the reputation of a person by subjecting them to hatred, ridicule or contempt, or that is concocted to insult the person concerning whom it is published.”
Section 300 forbids the publication of defamatory libels that the publisher “knows is false.”
Section 301 forbids the publication of any form of defamatory libel. Although, this section is very unconstitutional as it can criminalize accurate publications.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 2(b) is the right to freedom of expression. Unfortunately, Canada’s Supreme Court interpreted section2(b) very broadly. Nevertheless, Section 1 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that rational limits can be put upon the right if approved into law and justified in a democratic society.
In Canada, Freedom of Expression is not well defined and has led to censorship in America. That’s why having a free speech movement or more free speech movements Canada-wide all at once would force parliament to consider a look at changing laws to favour “free speech.”
The Charter, Section 1, allows the government to limit freedom of expression through passing laws if it meets the terms of “reasonable and can be justified in a free and democratic society.” It’s a fine line between free speech and censorship.
President Julian Sher of The Canadian Association of Journalists, a 1000-member cabinet, would expect the media to launch a court case if the Charter of Rights is violated.
Unfortunately, though, some issues from the past had approved military censorship of America in the courts. For example, in Quebec, the War Measures Act was implemented in the middle of the October Crisis. As a result, the media were shunned from publishing manifestos of the Front de libération du Québec and some journalists who did publish it were jailed.
If you live in Canada and think you have “Free Speech,” think again, as you do not! You have the “Freedom of Expression” with many laws to criminalize you, like calling a girl a girl if she decides she is now a boy. So again, a free speech movement would be necessary not only here but also throughout America’s censorship.
My next article will take a dump on this disaster they call the “Education System.” The education system took kids working in factories into working in desks to graduating back to working in factories. They should have labelled the education system as “The Babysitters Conditioning Camp.” And they should have labelled residential schools as “Prison Camps.”
The average 16-year-old Canadian could learn grades 1-12 in 2-years. But, if you don’t keep up on teaching proper technologies and upgrade the hardware now, the old hardware’s foundation will not hold up for the next software update, and it will crash and burn. You might not follow politics, but eventually, politics will find you, and that’s when you see the system is screwing you all the same.
“Limits on speech were incorporated in the criminal code concerning treason, sedition, blasphemous and defamatory libel, disruption of religious worship, hate propaganda, spreading false news, public mischief, obscenity, indecency and other forms.” — Prof. Dominique Clément, University of Alberta.
A free speech movement should be mandatory for Canada and throughout North America as there becomes more and more censorship in America.
Libel Definition – a published false statement that damages a person’s reputation; written defamation.
Freedom of Expression meaning – Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.
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