J.S. Larochelle 

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Revised November 29, 2013 

George Carlin ”There are four hundred thousand words in the English language, and there are seven you can’t say on television. What a ratio that is: 399,993 to 7.” 

Class Clown (1972) 


Class Clown was was recorded May 27, 1972  


McClelland.com ”Margaret Atwood’s new novel is so utterly compelling, so prescient, so relevant, so terrifyingly-all-too-likely-to-be-true, that readers may find their view of the world forever changed after reading it.”


Margaret Atwood  ”Can moose fly”



"The reverse of censorship is freedom of the press."

APA citation. Hilgers, J. (1908). Censorship of Books. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved August 10, 2013 from New Advent:http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03519d.htm

Sarah Polley ”It is the job of artists to provoke and challenge.”   


J.S. Larochelle

September, 7, 2013

Despite the fact that movies and other cultural products are axiomatically private property in Canada and despite the fact that Canadians have the constitutional right to free speech, movies and other cultural products are still attacked and censorship is still demanded because with exception of a Sarah Polley or a Wendy Crewson, the vast majority of Canadians, even artists and entertainers, paradoxically refuse to publicly defend their own constitutional rights to speech speech to create, buy and sell cultural products such as movies.

Wendy Crewson “We spoke of the importance of freedom of expression and cited the powerful words of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin: ‘Among the most fundamental rights possessed by Canadians is freedom of expression. It makes possible our liberty, our creativity and our democracy. It does this by protecting not only ‘good’ and popular expression, but also unpopular and even offensive expression. The right to freedom of expression rests on the conviction that the best route to truth, individual flourishing, and peaceful co-existence in a heterogeneous society in which people have divergent and conflicting beliefs, lies in the free flow of ideas and images. If we do not like an idea or image, we are free to argue against it or simply to turn away. But, absent some constitutionally adequate justification, we cannot forbid a person from expressing it.’”


Margaret Atwood ”A good definition of Canada might be that it is the only country that is being told repeatedly— from both inside and outside itself—that it doesn’t really exist.” “The LRC 100 (Part One): Canada’s Most Important Books”


Steven Pinker ”Somewhere, George Carlin is still smiling.”


Roger Ebert  ”Darwin, it is generally agreed, had the most important idea in the history of science.” Creation


Roger Ebert “We have two Canadian women to thank for this film: the writer and director, Sarah Polley (born 1979), and the author of the short story that inspired it, Alice Munro (born 1931). ” Away From Her


Sheila O’Malley  Sarah Polley's fascinating documentary, “Stories We Tell,” is ostensibly about her mother, Diane Polley, who died in 1990. 


Siobhan Roberts is author King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry


Juan Williams ”Bruce was a tireless defender of free speech and the First Amendment, Collins says. Bruce also was also an amateur lawyer who tried to defend himself in court and paid heavily for defying authority.”