Franke James is one Canadian who isn’t taking the federal government's muzzling of artists and scientists who criticize pro-oil policies at the expense of the environment and human rights. She has been called “a wicked thorn in Stephen Harper’s side”, while the UK Guardian dubbed her the "one woman whom the government can’t shut up". Not that it hasn't tried--in 2011, government interfered to cancel her 20-city European art show, which she later found through Freedom of Information documents.
Why? All for asking tough questions about Canada’s dirty oil, leaky pipelines, and failing environmental record.
Her story “What is Harper afraid of?” has motivated nearly 8,000 people to write to Ottawa to register their concerns. She also had her work shown in Washington, DC as part of her Oh No Canada! outdoor poster show from October to December 23, 2013.
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