Freedom in Canada at Risk?

The Grade 7 & 8 work on freedom has been very good! Many of the students seem to get that we do take freedom for granted. Probably most Canadians would nod their head in agreement, but do we take the possible loss of freedom in our country seriously.

Here is an excerpt from an article in The Huffington Post: The Slow and Painful Death of Freedom in Canada.

Less than a generation ago, Canada was a world leader when it came to the fundamental democratic freedoms of assembly, speech and information.

In 1982, Canada adopted the Access to Information Act — making it one of the first countries to pass legislationrecognizing the right of citizens to access information held by government, and as recently as 2002, Canada ranked among the top 5 most open and transparent countries when it came to respect for freedom of the press.

Fast-forward a decade, and we’ve become a true north suppressed and disparate — where unregistered civic demonstrations are inhibited and repressed, rebellious Internet activities are scrutinised and supervised, government scientists are hushed and muzzled, and public information is stalled and mired by bureaucratic firewalls.

In the 2013 World Press Freedom Index — an evaluation done by Reporters Without Borders on the autonomy of a country’s media environment, Canada came in at a paltry 20th, putting us behind liberal-democratic powerhouses such as Namibia, Costa Rica, and the Western Hemisphere’s new champion of free media — Jamaica.

For more of the article check the link below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/adam-kingsmith/canada-freedom-of-press_b_2946418.html?utm_hp_ref=canadahttp://

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