Independent Quebec Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne is calling for censorship of online porn through new legislation that would force porn sites to verify the ages of all users.
Miville-Dechêne has introduced a bill, S-203, that would make porn sites
like the Canadian-owned PornHub criminally liable for failing to check a user's age before they browse.
Miville-Dechêne, who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2018, spouted anti porn rhetoric saying that children and teenagers must
be protected against graphic material that she said can pollute their minds. She continued:
I'm not on a crusade against porn. I just want to protect kids from porn that is shown widely on these websites that is not at
all the soft kind of stuff. It's hardcore, it's tough and it's violent.
Her bill would make it a Criminal Code offence to make sexually explicit material available to a minor on the internet. A first offence would be punishable by a
fine of not more than $10,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a corporation. Fines for subsequent offences would be more substantial.
Lawmakers from the Canadian province of Ontario are debating a bill to put an end to provincial film censorship.
Presumably the move is intended to save money as the bill is titled: Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget
Measures), 2020. This includes Schedule 12: Film Content Information Act, 2020.
In fact local film censorship has already being largely wound down, The Ontario Film Review Board ceased operation as of October 1, 2019, with
responsibility for film classification being transferred from the Ontario Film Authority. This body largely adopted provincial film classifications from the British Columbia Film Classification Office.
Now is seems that formal state age ratings
will be no longer required, assuming that content information is provided by the distributor. The role of film censors will then be restricted to investigating complaints. Adult films will still require ratings in Ontario but it seems these will be
provided by a national film censorship scheme.
Parliamentary information about the bill reads:
Schedule 12 Film Content Information Act, 2020
The Schedule enacts the Film Content Information
Act, 2020 and repeals the Film Classification Act, 2005.
The new Film Content Information Act, 2020 regulates the exhibition of films, selling or renting physical copies of video games and selling, renting or otherwise making
available physical copies of adult sex films.
Part I of the Act sets out the application and interpretation provisions.
Part II of the Act provides for the appointment of a Director and Deputy Directors for
the purposes of the Act.
Part III of the Act provides that films cannot be exhibited for a person's direct gain unless information respecting the film and its contents is displayed to the public. This requirement does not apply in
certain circumstances, such as exhibition of a film under the sponsorship of a public library or public art gallery.
Adult sex films cannot be exhibited, and physical copies cannot be sold, rented or otherwise made available,
unless the film has been reviewed and approved by an entity that is authorized to approve adult sex films under the laws of a province of Canada. In addition, they cannot be exhibited to persons under the age of 18. Physical copies cannot be sold, rented
or otherwise made available to persons under the age of 18.
The sale or rental of physical copies of video games is restricted based on the rating assigned to the video game by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Physical
copies of unrated video games may not be rented or sold to persons under the age of 18.
Part IV of the Act provides a procedure for the appointment of investigators and the investigation of offences under the Act. Things that are
seized by the investigator may be forfeited to the Crown in certain circumstances. A procedure for applying to the Director for the return of the seized thing is set out.
Part V of the Act sets out offences, penalties and
evidentiary provisions for proceedings under the Act.
Part VI of the Act provides regulation-making powers to the Lieutenant Governor in Council. These powers include the ability to modify the age restrictions that apply to the
sale or rental of physical copies of video games.
Part VII sets out transitional provisions. The Ontario Film Review Board is dissolved. Licences that were issued under the Film Classification Act, 2005 are no longer needed under
this new Act and expire.
Part VIII provides for the repeal of the Film Classification Act, 2005 and the revocation of the regulation made under that Act. It also makes several consequential amendments.
A Canadian publisher says that offering some relief to coronavirus hit sex workers will be good business. MediaCentral, the Ontario-based company that publishes NOW Magazine in Toronto and Georgia Straight in Vancouver announced this week that it will
resume running adult classified ads in those publications.
In the United States the 2018 FOSTA/SESTA law has effectively banned the online classifieds market by unfairly holding platforms liable for third-party content that could be construed as
promoting sex trafficking.
But in Canada, MediaCentral says that it expects to take in $2 million (US $1.5 million) annually from the resumption of adult classifieds, which it shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
eliminating adult advertising, NOW generated strong sales from its Adult Classifieds Category. The Straight has continued to offer adult advertising over the years, but the category was temporarily suspended during the height of COVID. The
company's CEO Brian Kalish said in a statement: w
We expect this re-launch to drive strong sales numbers alongside our newly revamped and fully integrated sales platforms. Our decision to bring back the classifieds is
part of our strategic path to creating sustainable, profitable publications.
The First Temptation of Christ (A Primeira Tentação de Cristo) is a 2019 Brazil comedy short film by Rodrigo Van Der Put. Starring Evelyn Castro, Gregório Duvivier and Fábio Porchat.
Jesus, who's hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family.
A judge in Brazil has ruled that a film depicting Jesus as gay must be removed from the TV streaming service Netflix.
The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated some Christians in the country.Two million people signed a petition calling for it to be banned, and the production company was attacked with Molotov cocktails last month.
In the ruling against
Netflix, the judge said: The right to freedom of expression... is not absolute.
The ban is a temporary injunction whilst a final decision is made by a higher court.
Brazil's Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that TV streaming service Netflix must remove a film depicting
Jesus as gay.
The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated fervent Christians in the country. But Supreme Court president Dias Toffoli said on Thursday that Netflix should be allowed to continue streaming the show, stating that freedom of
speech was fundamental in a democracy. The judge said:
One cannot suppose that a humorous satire has the ability to weaken the values of the Christian faith, whose existence is traced back more than two thousand years,
and which is the belief of the majority of Brazilian citizens.