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Most Of Feds' Instructions To CSIS On C-51 Kept Secret

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.27.2016 | Canada Politics

The federal government has issued guidance to Canada's spy agency on using contentious new anti-terrorism laws.

Controversial C-51 Powers Used By At Least 4 Agencies

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Politics

"The risk is that it's being used in ways that are going to be difficult to predict."

Toronto Police Probe Possible Terror Link After Stabbings At Military Site

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Politics

The stabbings took place Monday afternoon.

CSIS Has Used New Powers Since C-51 Became Law

CBC | Peter Zimonjic, CBC News | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Politics

Michel Coulombe, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told a Commons committee today that Canada's spy agency has used new disrupti...

Reforming Bill C-51 Can't Wait Another Year

Laura Tribe | Posted 01.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Laura Tribe

It's been one year. Saturday marked exactly 365 days since the former Conservative government introduced Bill C-51, with its controversial spy powers that experts warn are shredding our basic constitutional rights. So, where do things stand now? After intense debate, C-51 was pushed through Parliament and is now law, but its many opponents are making progress. Over the past few weeks, we have seen positive signs from the new federal government, as it has finally promised to meet calls for public consultation from Canadians, civil society and experts.

Detained Canadian Indicted For Spying In China

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada

Kevin Garratt has been detained since August 2014 by Chinese authorities.

How The Liberals Can Fix Bill C-51 And Reform National Security

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Ziyaad Mia

Canada has a new government with a markedly different tone. Gone are the cardboard villains and divisive rhetoric. Despite voting for it, prime minister Trudeau promised that C-51 would be amended. However, because C-51 is deeply flawed the best approach is to scrap the legislation and start fresh.

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 05.08.2016 | 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 05.01.2016 | 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.