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


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


Richard Franklin Carter <[log in to unmask]>


Richard Franklin Carter <[log in to unmask]>

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.





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 (



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 - - 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





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


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





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



R. Franklin Carter

Editor and Researcher

Book and Periodical Council

Freedom of Expression Committee

Toronto, Canada


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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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