Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:00pm

Mining Justice Action Committee presents the film
SILENCE IS GOLD (77 minutes)
French (subtitles) & English
Free admission  +   Door prize

What are the limits to freedom of speech? Can we put a price on our spoken and written words? Following the release of the book “Noir Canada,” author Alain Deneault, his co-writers and his publisher grappled with these questions at great personal expense after being sued for defamation in Quebec and Ontario courts by two large Canadian mining companies. Deneault and his publisher fought back. "Silence Is Gold" is a thriller of a documentary that tells their story, set against the backdrop of the Canadian justice system.

Filmmaker Julien Frechette's camera and his questions lead us through this little-understood legal territory without judging or wading into the merits of the cases.  “Silence Is Gold” raises crucial questions about Canada’s role and responsibilities in the global mining sector, the limits of free speech and equitable access to the Canadian justice system. Watch the trailer:

Copies of Deneault’s recent English-language book, “Imperial Canada, Inc.” will be available for purchase.  In his article in the February 2013 Focus Magazine, Rob Wipond called this book a "shocking analysis". The court case which ordered the removal of “Noir Canada” is referenced on the Freedom to Read website, under “Challenged Books.”

This event is taking place during FREEDOM TO READ WEEK and is sponsored by

  • Mining Justice Action Committee (see our web and/or Facebook page)
  • CUPE 410 (Library Workers)
  • Vancouver Island District Councils International Solidarity Committee
  • UVic Social Justice Studies
  • Victoria Development and Peace
  • KAIROS Victoria

Event type: