Much has been said on this issue. In fact, it has been said so astonishingly well that I’ll just throw out a few links for you to study. This is a serious issue for freedom of speech and thought – not just in Canada, but for all countries that are thinking about creating laws against “hate speech” and the likes.
First, Mr. Levant. Read this introductory blog post of his first, then follow his advice by going to the front page of his website and scrolling down to read up on the story chronologically. If you want an “entertaining” (but scary) shortcut, just watch the videos he has uploaded of his interrogation, for instance the opening statement.
Second, Mr. Steyn and the magazine MacLean’s. For this case, read this article (by Mr. Levant, by the way). Then, read anything you can find by Mr. Steyn, who has written some brilliant pieces, for instance this and this.
Third, there is so much more. Just look at this webpage. The Economist even has a short piece on it, but the story hasn’t reached much mainstream media yet (sigh). This will be a huge issue soon, thanks to both the blogosphere and Steyn and Levant’s eloquence and their defiant defense of freedom of speech.