Editorial: March/April 2015

What is free speech? “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” These words were enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on Dec. 10, 1948. The Declaration resulted from the events of the Second World War and is the first expression of rights to which all people are inherently entitled. Free speech is restricted by all nations, to some degree, with the test usually being whether influencing a third party’s opinions or actions adversely affects the second party. Libel, slander, obscenity, sedition, hate speech and numerous other specific a...

Editorial: January/February 2015

With silent, steadfast resolve Wherever they gathered on Remembrance Day 2014, Canadians shared a heightened sense of resolve that again galvanized their will to never forget those who have died in the service of Canada. The horrific events in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.,—just a few weeks before November 11th—led to a surge of expression that swelled around war memorials and cenotaphs in small towns and big cities. There was anger and sadness, but overtaking that was a tremendous amount of gratitude for Canadians who have served their country—expressed in a day that became more personal for a lot more people, even though many already have very compelling reasons to remember relatives and friends who served and died in war. Words can say a lot about how people view reme...

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