I am the Executive Director of the FBCW.

Freedom of Expression

Professional Writers Question Feds on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Freedom of Expression and Access to Information are two principles that must apply in any healthy civilized democracy. Self-employed and freelance writers in Canada—writers who hold a social responsibility as the independent voice in our media—are concerned about the direction the federal government is moving in its application of these two important principles.

As knowledge experts, freelance writers engage in science as much as creativity. The closing of the Eric Marshall Aquatic Research Library at the Freshwater Institute on the University of Manitoba campus is but the latest decision that heightens our concern. Recent actions like the loss of the mandatory census or the decommissioning of the National Research Council (except as a partner to private industry) suggest a rejection of public policy based on objective research and evidence.

With reports of the systematic muzzling of public servants and a diminishing access to information, as measured by Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression, it is not difficult to connect the dots. What emerges is a clear pattern: the deliberate downgrading of knowledge itself and a refusal by our own government to allow us to access it.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with The Writers Union of Canada, The Canadian Science Writers Association , and many other responsible voices in the creative community. We all express serious concern that the federal government is making our contribution more difficult by denying and limiting our access to that which drives progress and informs our citizens on a daily basis,” says PWAC President Michelle Greysen.

Since 1976, The Professional Writers Association of Canada has been a non-partisan organization representing freelance writers working in every genre and medium across Canada.

For more information contact:

Sandy Crawley
Executive Director

A Sacred Place

If you intend to be a serious artist, whether graphic artist, painter, sculptor, composer or writer, it is essential that you set aside your own sacred place where you may think and work creatively. The following quote has been shared on a number of creative blogs, including my own:

“To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.” (Joseph Campbell)

Ben Nuttall-Smith


Federation of BC Writers