Announcing 29th Annual Freedom to Read Week

Events across Canada Support Freedom of Expression, Challenge Censorship

Via the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee

The Book and Periodical Council and Freedom of Expression Committee  are pleased to announce the 29th annual Freedom to Read Week, with events taking place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada from February 24 to March 2, 2013.

Incorporating public readings and panel discussions, challenged book displays and a kit for educators, Freedom to Read Week provides an opportunity for Canadians to express themselves on the issues of censorship and the right to free speech and opinion.

“Freedom to choose what we read is a basic right, yet it continues to be challenged in our libraries and schools every year,” said Marg Anne Morrison, chair of the Freedom of Expression Committee. “With Freedom to Read Week, we invite Canadians to place such challenges under scrutiny, and to debate and discuss how they affect us all.”

A complete list of events and locations is available at freedomtoread.ca. Event organizers are encouraged to share their plans with Freedom to Read Week organizers through the same web address.

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BPC seminar on Canada’s new Not-for-Profit Corporations Act

The new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) was proclaimed in force last October and all federally-incorporated non-share capital corporations must sit up and take notice. On Thursday, April 12, the Book and Periodical Council is holding a seminar on the NFP Act and its impact specifically on small publishing organizations.

The NFP Act modernizes the law to promote accountability, transparency, and good corporate governance, to clarify directors’ duty of care and to provide for member rights and remedies. But existing organizations must start now to bring their current constitutions – Letters Patent and by-laws – into compliance. Every such organization must file “Articles of Continuance” and enact new by-laws to “continue” under the new NFP Act. Failure to do so before October 14, 2014 will result in involuntary dissolution. Don’t be dissolute! Your organization will need to thoroughly review its membership structure and by-laws. The time to start this process is now.

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