Canada is Free and Freedom is Its Nationality

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Saturday, January 22, 2011


I'm sure most of my Canadian readers are by now well aware of the Iranium shut down, but for those Canadians who might have recently come out of a coma and my international readers I will repeat a few of the more important points.

The Free Thinking Film Society was due to show the film Iranium, about Iran and its nuclear ambitions, with a Clare Lopez speech at the National Library and Archives, their usual venue of choice. Following a formal complaint from the Iranian embassy (cue sputtering indignation from anyone to the right of, say, the Canadian Charger staff) and complaints and threats from members of the public (or perhaps rather "public") the Archives canceled the screening.

Heritage Minister Moore intervened, and the Archives agreed to reinstate the screening, only to cancel it again at the last minute due to more threats.

This made front page news on just about every newspapers in Canada, commentators wanting to know since when the Iranians dictated Canadian culture events, etc. Finally the Heritage Minister intervened again and ordered the Archives to honor their obligation to show the film at a later date, now Feb 6th.

So, to all those in the area, or not in the area, the National Library and Archives is the place to be on Feb 6th to see Iranium and hear Clare Lopez (who is flying in again).

Put your money where your mouth is. Tickets available online.

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