In addition to being Fair Dealing Week, this week is also Freedom to Read Week in Canada. Freedom to Read Week is organized every year by the Book and Periodical Council to “encourage Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
To celebrate, this is a good week to read a banned or challenged work. Not sure what those are? Here are a couple of lists to get you started:
- Challenged Works List – More than 100 books, magazines, and other written works that have been challenged in the last decades in Canada. Prepared by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.
- Challenges to Publications in Canadian Public Libraries – An annual survey compiled by the Canadian Library Association’s Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom.
- 12 Canadian Books that have Been Challenged – Created by CBC Books.