On Kiddie Porn

By Stan Persky & John Dixon

On Kiddie Porn
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In January 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its ruling on the Charter challenge brought to the "kiddie porn law" by Robin Sharpe?s case. Political and legal commentator Stan Persky and former senior justice department policy advisor John Dixon follow the course ... Read more


Overview

In January 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its ruling on the Charter challenge brought to the "kiddie porn law" by Robin Sharpe?s case. Political and legal commentator Stan Persky and former senior justice department policy advisor John Dixon follow the course of Sharpe?s case through the courts from his arrest in 1995 to the verdict.

While favouring sanctions for the possession of material whose production requires crimes to be committed, Persky and Dixon remain equally concerned that child pornography law not violate constitutionally guaranteed freedoms such as thought, belief and expression ? values central to democratic life.

Does the law as it now stands, with the Supreme Court?s modifications, measure up? On Kiddie Porn?s clearly thought?out analysis let the reader decide.

Stan Persky

Stan Persky is a writer, commentator on the media, and a professor of philosophy at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Originally from Chicago, he settled in Vancouver after a tour as a merchant marine. He is the author of twenty-one books, which include At the Lenin Shipyard: Poland and the Rise of the Solidarity Trade Union; Buddy's: Meditations on Desire; Then We Take Berlin: Stories from the Other Side of Europe; and Topic Sentence: A Writer's Education. He has won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize of the BC Book Prizes (2006) and was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence in 2010.

John Dixon

John Dixon has taught philosophy at Capilano College since earning at PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1972. He was seconded to the Department of Justice in 1991-92 as senior policy advisor to Kim Campbell, the Deputy Minister of Justice and was there at the inception of the kiddie porn law project. He is also the president of the BC Civil Liberties Association. He lives in Vancouver.

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