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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Intellectual freedom in Canada: Disappearing information

Archived here, as well as in many other places ... A friend writes to say:

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Gentlemen,

FYI:

Scary! The CRTC is trying to erase the past. They published today a new version of their June 4th decision on the New Media hearing. The only diference between the original decision of June 4th (herewith attached) and the revised one of today, is the deletion of the following paragraph from Timothy Denton's concurring opinion:

"The history of the regulation of speech in this country does not engender confidence that such powers will be used wisely. Canada has experienced several instances in recent times where regulatory commissions of another type and armed with a different mission have challenged the right to say controversial things. The struggles of Ezra Levant, Mark Steyn and others have served as important warnings that regulatory authorities charged with combating racism, hatred, and other evils have consistently expanded their mandates, have abused their powers and eroded fundamental liberties. Wherever there is official orthodoxy, disagreement is heresy, and where there is heresy, there is usually an inquisition to root it out. After centuries ridding ourselves of thought control agencies, 20th century Canada re-invented them"

Broadcasting regulatory policy: The Commission replaces the concurring opinion appended to Review of broadcasting in new media, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-329.

http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-329.htm

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