Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.
Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
TWU and Alloway Library both have statements on the related issues of academic freedom and material selection:
Trinity Western University is committed to academic freedom in teaching and investigation from a stated perspective, i.e., within parameters consistent with the confessional basis of the constituency to which the University is responsible, but practiced in an environment of free inquiry and discussion and of encouragement to integrity in research. Students also have freedom to inquire, right of access to the broad spectrum of representative information in each discipline, and assurance of a reasonable attempt at a fair and balanced presentation and evaluation of all material by their instructors. Truth does not fear honest investigation. (TWU Academic Calendar)
Alloway Library recognizes its responsibility to make available materials on more than one aspect of controversial questions. No materials will be excluded from the collection because of of the race nationality, political or religious vies of the author. Consequently, the library will provide materials offering points of view of the best representatives of various side of controversial issues....
Legitimate liberal education is not fostered by selecting only materials which represent any one individual viewpoint. Therefore, criticisms of library-owned material should be evaluated as they related to the educational goals of the university. (Alloway Library Policy and Procedure Manual)
"It is too late in the day to stop men thinking. If allowed to think they will speak. If they speak they will write, and what they write will be printed and published. A newspaper is only a thought-throwing machine, a reflex of the popular mind. If it is not, it cannot live. We are not disposed to send our proof-sheets to anyone to correct."
— Amor de Cosmos (1825-97), British Columbian newspaper editor, in The British Colonist (1859), after the governor of British Columbia, Sir James Douglas, attempted to suppress the newspaperExercise your freedom to read this week and every day!