Archive: Fourth Reading V - Circular 14

4th Reading

At issue is a document called Circular 14, which is the Ministry of Education's list of textbooks and learning materials approved for use in Ontario schools. Critics complain that in order to qualify for the Circular, publishing houses are censoring themselves and the material. They do this because they know anything which might give offence means the work won't be bought by the government. But the government is under pressure from a wide variety of groups - groups which complain about gender or religious stereotyping. Our studio guest is John Irwin, a former publisher who chairs the committee which advises the government on Circular 14.
Aired:
Jan 22, 1995