Media Divides

Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada

Table of contents


Part 1: Communication Rights and the Right to CommunicateThe State of the Art

Introduction / Marc Raboy and Jeremy Shtern

1 Histories, Contexts, and Controversies / Marc Raboy and Jeremy Shtern

2 Implementing Communication Rights / Seán Ó Siochrú

Part 2: Communication Rights in CanadaAn Assessment

3 The Horizontal View / Marc Raboy and Jeremy Shtern

4 Media / Marc Raboy

5 Access / Leslie Regan Shade

6 Internet / William J. McIver Jr.

7 Privacy / Leslie Regan Shade

8 Copyright / Laura J. Murray

Part 3: Policy Recommendations and Alternative Frameworks

9 Fixing Communication Rights in Canada / Marc Raboy and Jeremy Shtern

10 Toward a Canadian Right to Communicate / Marc Raboy and Jeremy Shtern



Works Cited


A comprehensive, up-to-date account of the democratic deficits in Canada’s communications law and policy.


Canada is at a critical juncture in the evolution of its communications policy. Will our information and communications technologies continue in a market-oriented, neoliberal direction, or will they preserve and strengthen broader democratic values? Media Divides offers a comprehensive, up-to-date audit of communications law and policy. Using the concept of communications rights as a framework for analysis, leading scholars not only reveal the nation’s democratic deficits in five key domains – media, access, the Internet, privacy, and copyright – they also formulate recommendations, including the establishment of a Canadian right to communicate, for the future.