Canada Anti Terrorism

Bill C-51 Would Jeopardize the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

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.

Canadian Muslims Can Expect More Discrimination Under Bill C-51

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Amira Elghawaby

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 Poses a Serious Threat to Free Expression in Canada

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

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.

The Government Should Listen to Canadians' Concerns About Bill C-51

Alex Neve | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Alex Neve

How best to describe the rushed hearings the House of Commons' Public Safety Committee held over the past few weeks examining Bill C-51, the government's anti-terrorism law reforms? Circus, farce and disgrace all come to mind. I know, I was there on Amnesty International's behalf earlier this month.

Spy Watchdog Wary About Funding, 'Diminishing' CSIS Oversight

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The executive director of the watchdog that keeps an eye on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service is questioning whether the review body...

Ottawa's De-Radicalization Focus Too Narrow: Former Skinhead

CBC | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Politics

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 i...

How Come CSIS 'Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny' Spying On Me?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 03.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

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.

Althia Raj

Muslims Are 'Scapegoats' In Canadian Debates, NDP Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Muslims are often the scapegoats in political debates, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said Wednesday. “There is a vilification that is happ...

Tories Demand Limit On Anti-Terror Bill Expert Testimony

CBC | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Politics

The Conservatives are pushing to devote just three meetings to hearing expert testimony on the government's proposed anti-terrorism bill when it goes ...

Harper's Controversial Anti-Terror Bill Passes Second Reading

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Politics

Critics ranging from Jean Chretien to Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald all urge caution when it comes to Bill C-51.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Terrorism?

Jordan Benadiba | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Benadiba

Convicting and incarcerating those who return to Canada from fighting with extremist groups overseas alone is not enough. Radicalization spreads, particularly in prison, where many individuals feel wronged by the system and society more generally. Once those prisoners return to civilian life they take with them their twisted and radicalized beliefs and spread them in the communities where they live. Many of Canada's allies have their own de-radicalization programs in place for those who return home after joining terrorist organizations abroad.

Mulcair: Anti-Terror Bill's Broad Wording Allows For Political Spying

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Information-sharing measures in proposed anti-terrorism legislation are so broadly worded they would allow the government to spy on its polit...

Better Late Than Never: Politicians Are Speaking up Against Bill C-51

Eva Prkachin | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Eva Prkachin

Huge numbers of Canadians, including key Ottawa decision-makers, are pushing back hard against the government's Bill C-51, which proposes unprecedented new powers for Canada's security agencies. The bill effectively turns CSIS into a secret police force and would place every Canadian under a government microscope.

Anti-Terrorism Bill Won't Compromise Privacy Rights, Says Blaney

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The privacy rights of Canadians will be respected under new anti-terrorism legislation that would allow more information-sharing with the Uni...

CSIS To Gain New 'Power To Disrupt'

CBC | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada's spy agency is expected to be given new powers to stop would-be Canadian jihadists before they leave the country as part of sweeping new ...

5 Pre-Election Things To Keep An Eye On

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The House of Commons resumed Monday following a five-week break and now enters its last scheduled sitting before the fixed federal election d...

Greenwald Predicts Canadian Crackdown

CP | Nelson Wyatt, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Canadians should expect sweeping security and surveillance measures following attacks against the military in Quebec and Ottawa, says the m...

Harpers' Gag Orders Sweep While Canadians Sleep

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

The Harper government wants to hide all of its secrets. A Canadian Press reported noticed a troubling policy detail buried in the feds' legislative bulletin that would dramatically expand the number of current and former federal government employees under a lifetime gag order, potentially curbing the right to free expression of thousands of Canadians.

Feds Can't Account For $3.1B In Anti-Terror Cash: AG

CBC | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Politics

The federal government needs to do better at tracking and evaluating some of its program spending to ensure taxpayer dollars are being well-spent, Aud...

Anti-Terror Bill PASSES

CBC | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Politics

A bill that would revive some provisions of Canada's Anti-terrorism Act passed in the House of Commons Wednesday night. The Liberals joine...

The Timing of the Anti-Terrorism Bill Is a Play on Our Emotions

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

The arrest by the RCMP of two individuals who were allegedly planning out a terrorist attack on a VIA Rail train will only heighten our level of anxiety as the scare hits closer to home. Reintroducing these provisions seems nothing more than an attempt by the Conservative government to further prove its 'tough on terror' credentials. But when our laws appear to be working -- results of brave and successful law enforcement operations -- attempting to play on our fears by using emotion over reason does not do justice to the seriousness this discussion this requires.

Controversial Anti-Terrorism Laws Back Up For Debate

CBC | Posted 12.15.2012 | Canada Politics

Parliament began debate Monday on two anti-terrorism provisions that were never used and that expired five years ago. It's also looking at new measure...

Do Anti-Terrorism Act Amendments Threaten Free Speech?

Farzana Hassan | Posted 01.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Farzana Hassan

It's good that the Ministry of Public Safety has decided to introduce amendments to the existing Anti-Terrorism Act of Canada. Even so, such measures may engender considerable controversy under Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harper Shows Greater Toughness Towards Terrorists Than Obama

David B. Harris | Posted 11.08.2011 | Canada
David B. Harris

With Mr. Harper's decision to reintroduce controversial anti-terrorism measures, he has wrenched himself loose from the kind of self-imposed stymying that has characterized the Obama administration's ambiguous language -- and focus -- in Islamist counterterrorism.

Althia Raj

Harper Vows To Reintroduce Controversial Anti-Terrorism Measures

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 11.06.2011 | Canada Politics

UPDATE: Liberal interim leader Bob Rae told reporters in Ottawa Wednesday that if Prime Minister Stephen Harper wanted to bring back the measures he w...