OTTAWA - A prominent human-rights group says the Conservative government's anti-terrorism bill could be used to target environmental activists and aboriginal protesters.In a brief made public Monday,...
Senior Tory acknowledges negative impact on Canada's Muslim community of Harper government's recent messaging
It's pretty clear that in the public discourse around C-51, there are serious fears on each side. One side is afraid of terrorism infiltrating Canada; the other is afraid of abuse of power through government surveillance. How are we to get back to a real public dialogue, instead of talking past one another?
OTTAWA - The scope of the Conservative government's anti-terrorism bill is "clearly excessive" and puts the personal information of Canadians at risk, the federal privacy commissioner warns.In a submi...
OTTAWA - Canada's finance minister is saying publicly what political observers have long suspected: expect to hear the Conservatives talking a lot about national security in the upcoming election camp...
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke sent an open letter to Stephen Harper on Wednesday expressing concerns about how Bill C-51 may impact the ability of First Nations to defend and support Aboriginal rig...
An ex-skinhead, now a counsellor trying to turn around the lives of potential extremists, is warning that Ottawa's plan to fight homegrown terrorism is primed to backfire. Daniel Gallant, 39, is a re...
A nonsense letter. A wayward cube van. A threatening voicemail. A tractor with the key left in the ignition. These were the infrequent and minor incidents recorded by the RCMP's parliamentary detachm...
OTTAWA - Even as the federal government moves to broaden the mandate of the country's spy agency, there's no need for greater oversight, says the ex-head of the committee that watches over the Canadia...
A recent Conservative Party Facebook post many called "fear mongering" has now drawn criticism from within the party itself. Edmonton-Centre Conservative MP Laurie Hawn doesn't agree with the post, te...
He said it’s important to not "throw away all of our rights, all of our liberties, all of our traditional freedoms, because we're afraid of rare instances of criminal activity."
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Nearly half of Canadians say they feel less safe from terrorism than they did two years ago, according to a survey conducted for CBC News. Two-thirds say it is likely that an attack will occur in Can...
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"This troubles me on so many different levels."
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A scientist, or any knowledgeable person, will tell you climate change is a serious threat for Canada and the world. But the RCMP has a different take. A secret report by the national police force, obtained by Greenpeace, both minimizes the threat of global warming and conjures a spectre of threats posed by people who rightly call for sanity in dealing with problems caused by burning fossil fuels.
Unfortunately, when it comes to CSIS, Canadians can expect very little transparency, a cause for additional concern when you recall Harper eliminated the position of the CSIS watchdog in 2012. The only overview of CSIS is handled by the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), a body comprised of part-time appointees with limited resources that assess CSIS operations after-the-fact.
OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency is eyeing the threat of a homegrown anti-Islam movement spreading online.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service advised the office of Public Safety Minister Steven Bla...
Four former Security Intelligence Review Committee chairs, three retired judges, two former public safety ministers, Canada's best-known torture victim and the creator of CBC-TV's Little Mos...
Only in Canada. Advocacy group Lead Now has released a new ad encouraging Canadians to speak out against the Conservative government's new anti-terror legislation, and they're playing off a very homeg...
It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion. The Prime Minister of Canada is deliberately stirring up prejudice against one group of Canadians for one reason only -- political advantage. The sad reality is that many Canadians and Quebecois seem to be vulnerable to embracing an anti-Muslim sentiment. We are all appalled by the brutality of ISIS, with their voyeuristic killing of innocent victims. The tragic murder of two soldiers in Canada has added a sense of vulnerability inside our own country. Stephen Harper's response is to declare that Canada is under attack by "global Jihadists" and introduce sweeping legislation giving new powers to CSIS.
OTTAWA - The Conservative government's anti-terrorism bill will lead to spy scandals due to weak scrutiny of Canadian intelligence agencies, says a new legal analysis.Canada’s real-time oversight of s...
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Rona Ambrose, Canada's top minister for health care, says parents ask her about the threat of the Islamic State "everywhere I go."
Conveniently, the fear appeals being made by ISIS, Al Shabab, and the other myriad terror groups we tend to lump together are quite literally textbook examples of fear appeals. What's more, the terrorists and our own government actually work together for a good part of the process, increasing the fear we feel for their own insidious ends.
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"We need a comprehensive study, that's not asking too much. That's not being unreasonable," said NDP MP Rosane Dore Lefebvre.
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It is sad to observe but I fear that Mr. Harper has found such an evil but effective issue for the coming election, will exploit it, and that many will support him for it.
The legal threshold for police to obtain a warrant to arrest individuals who have committed no crimes would be lowered. Canadians could be held in custody for up to seven days without charges. Bill C-51's gives powers of "preventive detention," which means jail time for individuals even when there isn't any suspicion criminal activity has taken place.
Questions about scope, oversight and whether protests are exempt from the government's new anti-terrorism bill remain unanswered as the Conservatives rush C-51 from the House of Commons to committee....
Conservatives were in a hurry this week to limit parliamentary debate on Bill C-51, the government’s new anti-terror legislation. And New Democrats wanted to slow things down. As expected, Tories int...
The Harper government's anti-terrorism legislation is so vague it leaves open the door to the sharing of Canadians' information for any reason whatsoever, and the possibility of intelligence services investigating political activists.
OTTAWA - Four former prime ministers and several retired Supreme Court members are among almost two dozen prominent Canadians calling for stronger security oversight.Their statement, published Thursda...
OTTAWA - Defence Minister Jason Kenney sang the praises of the federal government's anti-terror bill Thursday as he used his maiden speech to Canada's military establishment to warn that more homegrow...
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In the war on terror, the political battle lines are now clearly drawn. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced Wednesday that his party will oppose Bill C-51, the Conservative's anti-terrorism law. In doing...
A former candidate for the U.S. presidency has come down hard on the Canadian government's new anti-terrorism bill, calling it a crass effort to "sell the politics of fear." Ralph Nader says Prime Min...