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New CSIS Operations Under C-51 Raise Accountability Concerns

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Politics

CSIS's new threat disruption mandate could include surreptitious meddling with websites, cancelling airline reservations, disabling a car or myriad other schemes.

Stephen Harper's Legacy Will Be a Democratic Deficit

Gareth Kirkby | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Gareth Kirkby

Forget the election debate over budget deficits and tolerance of the veil. We have another deficit in Canada and it is neither looming nor veiled. We're in the midst of an incrementally created democratic deficit that after nine years of accumulated budget cuts, abuse of power, and muzzling diverse voices has now arguably put at risk our democracy's health and vigour.

Paul Gross Takes Issues With Part Of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Law

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Politics

The chances are far more likely that you’ll drown in your bathtub tonight than you will be killed by a terrorist in Canada.”

How Harper Sows Fear of Muslims in Pursuit of Votes

Faisal Kutty | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

The past year has been a very active one for the anti-Islam industry in Canada. Leading the charge is none other than Prime Minister Stephen Harper who -- in gearing up to the elections in October 2015 -- has been stoking Islamophobia by pandering to public unease about Muslims.

5 Ways This Election Could Shape Our Digital Future for a Generation

David Christopher | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

There's a lot at stake here -- if Canada continues on the path the current government has set it on, then harmful policies on surveillance, Internet censorship, and Big Telecom dominance could be locked in place for a generation, and hold back our digital economy. Canadians deserve better.

Terror Plotter Wanted To Kill 'Small Jews' To Save Them, Court Hears

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Amanda Korody believed "grown-up Jews" go to "eternal hell" when they die, said police notes presented in court.

Anti-Terror Act May Hurt, Not Help: RCMP

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Politics

CSIS and the RCMP have a history of turf wars and limited communication.

Feds' CSIS Claims Contain 'A Lot Of Baloney'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Politics

Spoiler Alert: The government's characterization of bringing Canada's spy service's capabilities in line with those of allied counterpart is completely inaccurate.

Feds Drop Top Court Appeal On CSIS Spying

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Politics

In a recent letter to the Supreme Court, federal lawyer Robert Frater notes Parliament has since enacted changes to the judicial warrant scheme governing CSIS.

CSIS Asked For Tweaks, Tories Opted For Overhaul With C-51

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Politics

In a presentation to federal deputy ministers last year, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said "significant improvements" to the sharing of national-security information were possible within the "existing legislative framework."

MacKay Says He Never Suggested CSIS Was Investigating Ontario Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics

Peter MacKay called it an "asinine assertion" that he confirmed CSIS was looking into whether Michael Chan was under the influence of China.

Harper Should Step Up Fight Against ISIL Terror Financing: Committee

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics

In addition to Canada's current role of building and training local and regional security forces, the Commons finance committee wants the government to target ISIL's administrators, financial collectors and distributors.

CSIS To Get More Money To Beef Up Public Safety: Harper

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Prime Minister Stephen Harper played up his tough-on-terrorism credentials Thursday, announcing a trifecta of measures aimed at beefing up t...

This Is How Canadians Can End Mass Surveillance

David Christopher | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Many Canadians are asking whether anything can be done to rein in the almost unimaginable surveillance powers revealed by Edward Snowden. From our research and consultation with privacy experts, there are a number of practical steps that can be taken to put a stop to surveillance abuses and better protect the privacy of Canadians.

CSIS Reveals Top Security Threat

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The risk of Canadians becoming radicalized into extremism is a legitimate and significant concern, the country's spy agency said Friday.In it...

Bill C-51 Assumes Human Rights Can Be Trumped By National Security

Alex Neve | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Alex Neve

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.

Small Businesses Across Canada Are Standing up Against Bill C-51

David Christopher | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Small businesses across Canada are speaking up to warn the government about the economic damage that its "secret police" Bill C-51 will inflict on our economy. If Bill C-51 is passed, it will change Canada's economic climate for the worse, notably by harming Canadian commerce, trade, and data security. This upsurge in opposition from small businesses couldn't be more timely: committee hearings on the Bill are continuing today in the Senate, while the House of Commons could hold its final vote in just days.

Canadian Muslims Can Expect More Discrimination Under Bill C-51

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 06.16.2015 | 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.

CSIS Sets Up International Secret-Swapping Forum

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has set up a "multilateral forum of trusted partners" to share information on suspected extremists...

Opposition Amendments To Anti-Terror Bill Rejected By Tories

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Politics

The Conservatives have used their majority on the House of Commons public safety committee to vote down the first wave of opposition amendments

Peaceful Protests Are Not a National Security Threat

Ecojustice | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada Politics

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. 

Ex-Spies Support Giving CSIS New Muscle

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Many demonstrators are flattering themselves when they publicly fret about coming under the scrutiny of security services, says a former spym...

Tories' Bill C-51 Has A New Foe

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 03.27.2015 | Canada Business

The Harper government’s anti-terrorism bill has a new opponent: The Firefox web browser. The Mozilla project, the open-source software community ...

What You'll Have to Do to Stay Under the Radar if Bill C-51 Becomes Law

Susan Wright | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Susan Wright

Bill C-51 is an omnibus anti-terrorism bill that grants CSIS new information sharing powers and converts CSIS from a covert intelligence gathering organization to a covert enforcement agency. Ms. Soapbox is here to offer four simple suggestions to keep you out of trouble when Stephen Harper's majority government finally passes this monstrous piece of legislation.

If You Could Speak at the Bill C-51 Hearing, What Would You Say?

Eva Prkachin | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Eva Prkachin

Our own Steve Anderson has been invited to testify before the committee and share our community's concerns about C-51 with key decision makers. We know that when we speak out together with one voice we can change the government's mind. That's why we need your help right now.