Sopinka, The Hon. Mr. Justice John
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The issue of free speech: difficulties and contradictions. An examination of a number of situations in which freedom of speech is under attack. An exploration of the current status of the right to such freedom and whether it is in any danger. A review of the meaning of free speech and how it is protected. Attacks on free speech, with a discussion of each: by penal sanctions; by civil sanctions; by demands for political correctness; by self imposed restraints. The role of judges. Effects of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The importance to all of us to defend the right of freedom of speech.