Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Expression

Book - 2014
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This book explains our right to freedom of expression, its limits, and how Canadian courts draw the line.

Freedom of expression is a fundamental right protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is part of the Constitution of Canada and, as such, the highest law of the land. But it has limits. Peacefully picketing an abortion clinic, so long as patients can come and go, is a protected right, but shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theatre to cause a stampede is a criminal offence.

Tied in with issues of free speech are questions such as whether justice delayed is justice denied. If it takes years to bring a matter to court -- and especially to the Supreme Court of Canada -- how can it be said that there has been a fair consideration of the issues to be decided? As well, must all important constitutional questions, such as freedom of expression, be decided by the courts? Or, is there another way to resolve such issues?

How courts reach decisions in such cases is discussed in Freedom of Expression , an objective introduction for all readers to better understand how law and professional ethics impact those of us who would speak publicly as to issues of concern.
Publisher: Toronto :, Dundurn,, 2014
ISBN: 9781459723177
Branch Call Number: 342.0853 BAU 2014
Characteristics: 253 pages


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Jan 10, 2015

The point of this book is that freedom of expression isn't so free - especially when it comes to fighting hate crimes. A whole chapter is given to Ernst Zundel who beat off a private prosecution on spreading "false news" but was eventually expelled from Canada for being a threat to national security. Other chapters deal with the Hutterites and their fight not to be photographed for driver's licenses (they lost), separating public and private activities in the classroom, and putting up posters on power poles. A good addition to the series, but this book is written toward a political science or law student - more could have been done to put it into layperson's terms.

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