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Subject:

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]>

To:

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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

 

 

In PressProgress, Emily Leedham reports:

 

Manitoba PC Leader Heather Stefanson’s ‘Willful Engagement’ with Anti-2SLGBTQ+ Movement Concerning, Advocates Say (pressprogress.ca)

 

 

In the Winnipeg Sun, Dave Baxter reports:

 

VOCAL MINORITY?: Brandon school trustee wants committee to screen books | Winnipeg Sun

 

 

In The Free Press, Colin Slark reports:

 

Brandon trustees reprimanded in relation to book ban uproar – Winnipeg Free Press

 

 

Chelsea Kemp of CBC News reports:

 

Brandon school board reprimands members for conduct, bylaw breaches following library book debate | CBC News

 

 

The journalists at CityNews Winnipeg report:

 

Brandon school board votes against 2SLGBTQ+ book ban | CityNews Winnipeg

 

 

Alex Karpa of CityNews Winnipeg reports:

 

Brandon opposes school book ban: 2SLGBTQ+ advocates react | CityNews Winnipeg

 

 

In the Winnipeg Sun, Dave Baxter reports:

 

Brandon school board shoots down book review committee proposal | Winnipeg Sun

 

 

In The Brandon Sun, Kyle Darbyson reports:

 

School board rejects book review committee – Brandon Sun

 

 

Cameron MacLean of CBC News reports:

 

Cheers as Brandon School Division rejects call to remove library books on sexuality, gender identity | CBC News

 

 

CBC News reports:

 

Brandon School Division trustees to hear from dozens of delegates regarding call for LGBTQ book ban | CBC News

 

 

Cody Carter of CTV News Winnipeg reports:

 

Brandon School Division rejects book ban | CTV News

 

 

Ian Froese of CBC News reports:

 

Stefanson doesn't like book bans, but won't interfere as Manitoba school division considers one | CBC News

 

 

Winkler, Manitoba

 

CBC News reports:

 

Business owners push to defund southern Manitoba libraries over book content accused of being 'pornographic' | CBC News

 

 

In the Winnipeg Sun, Dave Baxter reports:

 

Winkler places councillor on library board to ‘exert influence’ | Winnipeg Sun

 

 

In the Niverville Citizen, Brenda Sawatzky reports:

 

Winkler Council Responds to Outcry for Library Defunding | Niverville Citizen

 

 

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

 

 

In the Winnipeg Sun, Dave Baxter reports:

 

Prairie Rose School Division rejects request for book ban | Winnipeg Sun

 

 

In the Winnipeg Sun, Dave Baxter reports:

 

Winkler resident says town's library distributes ‘child porn’ | Winnipeg Sun

 

 

BONUS LINK

 

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

 

Brandon U takes a bold stand against book bans — University Affairs

 

 

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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

 

See other recent bulletins at the

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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