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Freedom Abhors a Chill March 24, 2013

Posted by Andre Vellino in Ethics.

Jian Ghomeshi’s opening monolog on CBC’s radio program Q is the lastest salvo against the Library and Archives of Canada new Code of Conduct. In it he uses the phrase “Freedom Abhors a Chill”.  And a chill it is:

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The BC Library Association has condemned it in writing. BC Archivist Myron Groover was polite but firm on “As It Happens”.

Members of Parliament for the Official Opposition Andrew Cash and Pierre Nantel gave the Heritage Minister a piece of their mind about it in the Canadian House of Commons:

Jim Turk, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) gave a clear explanation of what’s at stake in an interview on Radio Canada International.

My question is – we’ve expressed our collective outrage at this Orwellian nightmare – and now what? Do we decide that Federal archival and library institutions are doomed and take on their role on the remaining islands of democracy or “…take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them”?


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