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BPC FoEC: Attempted Book Bans Fail in Two Manitoba School Divisions

Date:

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 03:25:51 +0000

From:

Richard Franklin Carter <[log in to unmask]><mailto:[log in to unmask]>

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In Manitoba, trustees of the Brandon School Division voted to reject a proposal to create a committee to review and ban books that focus on sexual minorities and sexual health.

Trustees of the Prairie Rose School Division also rejected a request for a ban on similar books in school libraries.

Although trustees in both school divisions made their decisions in mid-2023, the controversy over book-banning continues to influence politics in southern Manitoba.


REPORTAGE

Brandon, Manitoba

In The Brandon Sun, Colin Slark reports:

Candidates speak against book bans at BSD forum – Brandon Sun<https://www.brandonsun.com/local/2023/10/19/candidates-speak-against-book-bans-at-bsd-forum>


In PressProgress, Emily Leedham reports:

Manitoba PC Leader Heather Stefanson’s ‘Willful Engagement’ with Anti-2SLGBTQ+ Movement Concerning, Advocates Say (pressprogress.ca)<https://pressprogress.ca/manitoba-pc-leader-heather-stefansons-willful-engagement-with-anti-2slgbtq-movement-concerning-advocates-say/>


In the Winnipeg Sun, Dave Baxter reports:

VOCAL MINORITY?: Brandon school trustee wants committee to screen books | Winnipeg Sun<https://winnipegsun.com/news/provincial/vocal-minority-brandon-school-trustee-wants-committee-to-screen-books>


In The Free Press, Colin Slark reports:

Brandon trustees reprimanded in relation to book ban uproar – Winnipeg Free Press<https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/2023/06/28/brandon-trustees-reprimanded-in-relation-to-book-ban-uproar>


Chelsea Kemp of CBC News reports:

Brandon school board reprimands members for conduct, bylaw breaches following library book debate | CBC News<https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/brandon-school-division-reprimands-1.6890540>


The journalists at CityNews Winnipeg report:

Brandon school board votes against 2SLGBTQ+ book ban | CityNews Winnipeg<https://winnipeg.citynews.ca/2023/05/24/brandon-school-board-book-ban/>


Alex Karpa of CityNews Winnipeg reports:

Brandon opposes school book ban: 2SLGBTQ+ advocates react | CityNews Winnipeg<https://winnipeg.citynews.ca/2023/05/24/brandon-book-ban-vote-advocates/>


In the Winnipeg Sun, Dave Baxter reports:

Brandon school board shoots down book review committee proposal | Winnipeg Sun<https://winnipegsun.com/news/provincial/brandon-school-board-shoots-down-book-review-committee-proposal>


In The Brandon Sun, Kyle Darbyson reports:

School board rejects book review committee – Brandon Sun<https://www.brandonsun.com/local/2023/05/24/school-board-rejects-book-review-committee>


Cameron MacLean of CBC News reports:

Cheers as Brandon School Division rejects call to remove library books on sexuality, gender identity | CBC News<https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/brandon-school-division-books-libraries-1.6852651>


CBC News reports:

Brandon School Division trustees to hear from dozens of delegates regarding call for LGBTQ book ban | CBC News<https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/brandon-school-division-lgbtq-book-ban-1.6851489>


Cody Carter of CTV News Winnipeg reports:

Brandon School Division rejects book ban | CTV News<https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/book-banning-voted-down-at-brandon-school-board-meeting-1.6409828>


Ian Froese of CBC News reports:

Stefanson doesn't like book bans, but won't interfere as Manitoba school division considers one | CBC News<https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/heather-stefanson-book-bans-lgbtq-1.6848704>


Winkler, Manitoba

CBC News reports:

Business owners push to defund southern Manitoba libraries over book content accused of being 'pornographic' | CBC News<https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-library-business-petition-defund-1.6910336>


In the Winnipeg Sun, Dave Baxter reports:

Winkler places councillor on library board to ‘exert influence’ | Winnipeg Sun<https://winnipegsun.com/news/provincial/winkler-places-councillor-on-regions-library-board-to-exert-influence>


In the Niverville Citizen, Brenda Sawatzky reports:

Winkler Council Responds to Outcry for Library Defunding | Niverville Citizen<https://nivervillecitizen.com/news/local/winkler-council-responds-to-outcry-for-library-defunding>


Pam Fedack of Pembina Valley Online reports:

Winkler City Council passes resolution regarding policy request to SCRL Board - PembinaValleyOnline.com - Local news, Weather, Sports, Free Classifieds and Business Listings for the Pembina Valley, Manitoba<https://www.pembinavalleyonline.com/articles/winkler-city-council-passes-resolution-regarding-policy-request-to-scrl-board>


In the Winnipeg Sun, Dave Baxter reports:

Prairie Rose School Division rejects request for book ban | Winnipeg Sun<https://winnipegsun.com/news/provincial/prairie-rose-school-division-rejects-request-for-book-ban>


In the Winnipeg Sun, Dave Baxter reports:

Winkler resident says town's library distributes ‘child porn’ | Winnipeg Sun<https://winnipegsun.com/news/provincial/winkler-resident-says-towns-library-distributes-child-porn-demands-it-be-defunded>


BONUS LINK

In Brandon University’s University Affairs, Hannah Liddle writes:

Brandon U takes a bold stand against book bans — University Affairs<https://universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/brandon-u-takes-a-bold-stand-against-book-bans/>


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The Winnipeg Free Press published numerous news stories, but some readers might find that these stories are behind a paywall.

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R. Franklin Carter
Editor and Researcher
Book and Periodical Council
Freedom of Expression Committee
Toronto, Canada

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Centre for free Expression
https://cfe.torontomu.ca/bpc-bulletins
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In every society where there is an urge to censor, there is always already in place some rawness, some grievance, a fear of the outside world, a hunger for images that are comforting and comfortable, images that cover the national or social or religious wound, or attempt to heal it. And there is a deep and often visceral resistance to images that expose the wound or throw salt on it.

Colm Tóibín
“The Censor in Each of Us” (2014)


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