Award from the BCCLA

The following letter was sent to me by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, the leading legal advocacy group in Canada. I am extremely proud to get this award, but I stand on the wide shoulders of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who taught me everything I needed to know about justice.

Also thanks to Oscar Michelen, Steve Drizin, and Laura Cohen who hung in with me for years to free David McCallum.

March 28, 2018

Re: BC Civil Liberties Association Liberty Award

Dear Ken,

On behalf of the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), I am pleased to let you know that you have been selected as our 2018 winner of the Excellence in the Arts Award.

The Liberty Awards honour exceptional contributions to the fields of human rights and civil liberties in Canada. Through a nomination process open to our entire membership, your name was put forward, and selected by our Board of Directors.

Your artistic works call readers to action to defend civil liberties and improve our justice system for all. Your art and advocacy on the behalf of those who have been wrongfully convicted have contributed greatly to the advancement of human rights in Canada and internationally.

In recognition of your accomplishments, I am delighted to invite you as a guests of honour to the Liberty Award Gala on Thursday, May 17th at the Villa Amato in Vancouver, BC. Full information about the gala is available here.

The BCCLA Liberty Awards happen once every two years and bring together some of Canada’s preeminent social justice champions to celebrate excellence in legal advocacy, journalism, the arts and youth and community activism. It is an evening of inspiration and celebration. In addition to a three course meal, entertainment and the awards ceremony, the evening will feature an incredible musical performance.

We would be so pleased if you and your guest could join us for this evening of celebration.

Please feel free to contact me at 604.630.9752 or at if you have any questions. RSVP by contacting Director of Community Engagement, Mark Hosak at or 604.630.9745. Congratulations on being selected, and we hope you can join us!


Josh Paterson Executive Director

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About ken

I am a former Toronto teacher and writer now living in Vancouver. I work with Dr. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, with whom I published Eye of the Hurricane: My path from Darkness to Freedom (Chicago review Press, 2011), as Director of Media Relations and as an advocate for wrongly convicted prisoners. Other publication credits include Songs of Aging Children (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1992) a book of short stories about troubled youth, and Taking Steam, a play co-authored with the late Brian Shein, staged at New York's Jewish Repertory Theatre and Toronto in 1983. Life Without (Quattro Books, 2012) is a novella about a New York cab driver wrongly convicted of killing his pregnant wife. Gary Geddes (Lt. Governor's Award for Literary Excellence) described it as "one of the most brilliant and harrowing short novels I've read since I went on a John Hawkes binge."

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