Free Speech

Canadians join the world to speak out for dissent and democracy

Citizens around the world are mobilizing this Saturday to assert their right to speak out, organize and take action. An alliance of Canadians is joining in, launching an initiative to promote a healthy environment for debate, dissent, diversity and democracy in Canada.

To read and sign the the declaration as an individual, click here.
To read and endorse the declaration as an organization, click here

Speak up for Dissent in Canada

Add your voice!

We're launching a new Voices-Voix Declaration to make sure the Canadian government knows we are watching them. The Declaration lays out immediate actions that they can take to turn the page on the last decade. Sign on to our Thunderclap campaign to help make sure that when we launch on May 14th, our call reaches tens of thousands of people, and sends a message the government can't ignore.

Sign-up for the campaign here.

Are blue skies back for Canada’s scientists?

Sunbeam on maple leaf

By Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 07 January 2015

Six months ago, one of Canada’s leading neuroscientists, Robert Brownstone, announced his resignation as director of research in neurosurgery at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, citing the Canadian government’s “worrisome” cuts to science funding and its shift towards applied research.

Defending Rights for All: Amnesty International’s Human Rights Agenda for a new Canadian Government

Amnesty International Canada, 10 December 2015

The change in government following the October 2015 federal election must now become the catalyst for a new approach and strengthened commitment to improving Canada’s domestic and international human rights record, Amnesty International said with the release of its 2016 Human Rights Agenda for Canada: Defending Rights for All today, International Human Rights Day.

Human Rights: What the new Government of Canada must do

December 10, 2015—Between 2010 and 2015, Voices-Voix documented attacks on human rights by previous Canadian governments on Canadian rights defenders, NGOs and other civil society organizations. Elected on October 19 with a majority, the new federal government has a critical opportunity to reengage with constitutional protections and see through numerous campaign commitments.

BREAKING: Federal government unmuzzles scientists

By Charles Mandel, National Observer, 6 Nov 2015

Ottawa is unmuzzling the scientists.

Alain Vezina, regional director of science for the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, confirmed Friday morning that scientists at the institute are allowed to openly speak to media.

Vezina held a meeting this morning to brief staff on the change.

Tell Prime Minister Trudeau to consult with Canadians now, while there's still time to undo C-51

09 November, 2015—Today, Voices-Voix joined Open Media and 20 organizations in calling on the Canadian government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consult in an open, clear and timely manner with Canadians about how to undo the reckless, dangerous, and ineffective spy powers created by C-51 while there’s still time. Will you join us? 

To send the letter below, go to https://killc51.ca.

Upcoming ‘Under Siege’ Speaking Tour: Peaceful Resistance to Canadian Mining and Militarization in Guatemala

02 November 2015—Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources and the Guatemalan government have used repression, criminalization and militarization to try to silence resistance to the company’s Escobal mine project, according to a forthcoming report from Guatemalan investigative journalist Luis Solano. Solano will be in Canada from November 9 to 13, to present his findings about the militarization of communities in the area of the Escobal mine project, located in southeastern Guatemala. Events will be taking place in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.

GRAPHIC: Ten years of attacks on dissent & debate in Canada

Since 2006, 110 organizations, individuals, laws, acts, public services & democratic institutions that have been vilified, defunded, smeared, gutted, spied on, slashed & criminalized by the Canadian government. Download our new graphic to see what the government's targets have been, and to share it far and wide.

The Harper Record 2008 - 2015

This book, which builds on the 2008 collection The Harper Record, continues a 25-year tradition at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of periodically examining the records of Canadian federal governments during their tenure. As with earlier CCPA reports on the activities of the Mulroney, Chrétien and Martin governments while in office, this book gives a detailed account of the laws, policies, regulations, and initiatives of the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper while in minority (from 2008 to 2011) and majority (from 2011 to 2015).

The 36 writers, researchers and analysts who have co-written this book probe into many aspects of the Harper government’s administration over the last two parliamentary sessions. From the economy to the environment, social programs to foreign policy, health care to tax cuts, the tar sands to free trade deals, and many other areas, these chapters dig through the facts and key moments for this government over the past seven years, highlighting in particular its policy response to the global financial crisis and Great Recession.

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