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"An institution that votes on a bill to violate the basic principles of our society on the same day that they are found to have routinely misused public funds is one that cares very little for its own credibility."
"I understand the concerns that people have but the biggest concern we have is making sure that we are protecting Canadians at the same time as we are upholding their rights."
Undecided or Undeclared Senators, thanks to the campaign #StopC51, I know your names. And while there are simply too many of you to list, you know who you are. You may be wondering what caused this monumental shift in Canadian public opinion in just a few short months.
TORONTO - Prime Minister Stephen Harper played up his tough-on-terrorism credentials Thursday, announcing a trifecta of measures aimed at beefing up the country's ability to thwart violent jihad.The m...
As the government's proposed anti-terror bill heads towards the legislative finish line, some of its more conservative-minded critics are warning Prime Minister Stephen Harper that its passage co...
The constitutional lawyer who torpedoed Stephen Harper's pick for the Supreme Court says he will contest the government's anti-terror legislation in court, if it passes. Rocco Galati, who successfully...
MONTREAL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there is "no legitimate reason of any kind" for Canadians to become involved in jihadist or terrorist movements.Harper was in Montreal on Thursday to anno...
Today's the big day, folks: Wednesday morning, OpenMedia is launching our positive, pro-privacy action plan, packed with ideas from everyday Canadians about how to roll back Bill C-51, end mass surveillance, and restore the privacy rights of everyone who lives in Canada.
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With the government's controversial proposed anti-terror law set to be passed into law within weeks, some of Bill C-51's most outspoken critics are supporting a "pro-privacy action plan...
Even casual followers of current affairs will know from recent developments that Canada faces a stark privacy deficit. And anyone who's been within hailing distance of OpenMedia these past months will know we've been pushing back hard against the way the government is shredding our privacy rights.
“This goes just too far. It goes over the top.”
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The advocacy of terrorism cannot be separated out neatly from the violence it generates. It is not an ancillary factor causally removed from its devastating result, but an inextricable feature of the recruitment methodology employed by terror-supporting states, terrorist organizations and their supporters.
On Wednesday our parliament passed bill C-51; a bill which takes a sledgehammer to the principles in the Charter. How could a controversial bill with 52 per cent of Canadians opposing it and only 33 per cent supporting it pass? Ignoring the voices of your constituents is dangerous, especially in an election year.
With the support of federal Liberals, the Conservative government's controversial anti-terror legislation passed the House of Commons Wednesday by a vote of 183 to 96. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau an...
New Democrats have accused a senior Liberal MP of resorting to fear-mongering to defend her party’s support for the Harper government’s controversial anti-terror legislation. During a debate in the Ho...
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In the space of a few short months since Bill C-51 was announced, hundreds of thousands of people have taken action to stop it: signing petitions, writing letters to local newspapers, phoning and writing to their member of Parliament, and hitting the streets in nationwide demonstrations in over 70 communities across Canada.
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In what many have criticized as a cynical and desperate election ploy, the Harper government is forcing Canadians to choose between safety and privacy. The trouble is that it is a false choice. Canadians must protect both.
The rushed passage of Bill C-51 through Parliament, the furthest-reaching national security reforms in Canada since 2001, continues. It is soon to be passed by the House of Commons and then head off to the Senate. And all signs are that the government intends to push it through the Senate as quickly as possible, with an eye to the Bill becoming law before the summer Parliamentary break. At its heart Bill C-51 grounds itself in the flawed notion that human rights have to give way when national security is on the line.
OTTAWA - Planned new powers for Canada's spy agency seem scarier than they really are, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper's national security adviser.Giving the Canadian Security Intelligence Service...
Bruce Hyer describes himself as an "independent plus." Strong on representing his constituents, he is a loud voice for conservation, sustainable resource development, small business growth and democratic governmental reform. He has pioneered climate change legislation and fought against the huge subsidies to energy companies.
It looks like the digital world is lining up against the Harper government’s Bill C-51. A group of prominent executives from many of Canada’s tech companies has signed a letter addressed to Prime Mini...
OTTAWA - Shifting hundreds of RCMP officers to counter-terrorism duty has hurt the national police force's efforts to fight organized crime and espionage, a senior Mountie says.The resource challenge...
Bill C-51, dubbed the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, should cause Canadians deep concern. Its provisions, if passed into law, would jeopardize many of our most basic rights and liberties and would only serve to undermine the health of our democracy. Any limits imposed by Parliament on our basic rights and fundamental freedoms must be "reasonable"; they must not be overly broad; and they must be "demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. On the thirty-third anniversary of the signing of the Charter, we should demand that Parliament scrap Bill C-51 altogether.
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OTTAWA - The Conservative government plans to use the coming federal budget to underscore its pre-election messaging on the importance of national security.The budget due Tuesday is expected to earmar...
Even after the Conservative government buckled to pressure to amend the anti-terrors laws, Canadians can still be deemed too dangerous to travel by airline and won't be allowed to challenge the "evidence" against them. As lawyer and author Faisal Kutty puts it, Canadian Muslims can be considered "too guilty to fly, but too innocent to charge." Bill C-51 is a reckless attempt to win over an understandably fearful electorate under the pretense of fighting terrorism. Marginalizing the very Canadians who are on the front-lines of this struggle is worse than poor policy -- it's a threat to all of us.
Bill C-51 is complex, dangerous, and poses a serious threat to free expression in Canada. If found to be in violation of the proposed legislation, citizens and visitors could wind up slapped with censorship orders, detained without due process or imprisoned for up to five years. Is the federal government giving itself and its agencies more power to fight ISIS-like terrorism, or is it using high-profile tragedies to illegally spy, surveil and silence innocent citizens and its political enemies? Silencing Canadians with the threat of prosecution is tantamount to a chilling or denial of freedom of expression and association, among other Charter rights.
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OTTAWA - The Conservative government says its sweeping anti-terrorism bill is constitutional, but verifying that assertion could cost an Ontario man almost $5,000.Lawyer Jack Gemmell wants to see the...
MONTREAL - A second Quebec man authorities fear will commit a terrorism offence has signed off on a peace bond that will severely restrict his movements and have him under tight surveillance for the n...
Support for Bill C-51 is sliding as more Canadians learn about the controversial legislation, a new survey says
ARLINGTON, Va. - A former CIA spy's eyes widen when he hears that, in Canada, the political opposition doesn't get to see or scrutinize national-security intelligence files."You're kidding me," says J...
The Conservatives have used their majority on the House of Commons public safety committee to vote down the first wave of opposition amendments
Looking at Bill C-51, Ecojustice's primary concerns revolve around the proposed information-sharing regime and its implications for First Nations and environmentalists engaged in non-violent protests against fracking, pipelines, or other projects that pose serious risks to the environment and human health. Bill C-51 should be amended to exempt all forms of "advocacy, protest, dissent or artistic expression" so long as they do not endanger life. A peaceful Aboriginal blockade or environmental protest is not a national security threat.