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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 04.28.2015 | 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 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.

CSIS Sets Up International Secret-Swapping Forum

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Ecojustice

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 03.26.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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.

Harper Government Put Protesters Under CSIS Microscope

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Use of social media, the spread of "citizen journalism," and the involvement of young people are among the key trends highlighted by a federa...

Spy Agency Helped Feds Prepare For Pipeline Protests

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency helped senior federal officials figure out how to deal with protests expected last summer in response to resource and ene...

I Am Not a Terrorist, Despite What My Critics Told a Senate Committee

Faisal Kutty | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

My name is Faisal Kutty. I am a lawyer, law professor, public speaker and writer. I write in response to testimony to your distinguished Committee on February 23, 2015 by a fear monger well-versed in McCarthyism, Mr. Marc Lebuis.In my opinion, Mr. Lebuis and Pointe de Bascule hold anti-Muslim, anti-Islam views. Often unable to identify real threats, they insulting law-abiding Canadians through innuendo and mischaracterization of tenuous or even non-existent links and associations.

In Election Year, Bill C-51 Is Best Opposed by Supreme Court

Yves Guillaume A. Messy | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Guillaume A. Messy

Given the parliamentary majority that the Harper government currently enjoys, official effective opposition to its typically extreme legislative proposal lies squarely in the hands of the Supreme Court. Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau's respective decisions to stand aside the bill as it makes its way in the House of Commons, preferring instead to pitch oversight-related amendments as part of their prospective federal electoral platforms, reinforces this reality.

The Security Intelligence Review Committee Is Not Doing the Job

Colin Kenny | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

There are a number of concrete steps the government should take to address the gap in national security accountability. Chief among those are improving the integrity of the application process for national security warrants, re-establishing the Office of the Inspector General of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and expanding the Security Intelligence Review Committee's (SIRC) size, capabilities and mandate.

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...

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

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.03.2015 | 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.

CSIS Eyes Threat Of Budding Anti-Islam Movement Online

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency is eyeing the threat of a homegrown anti-Islam movement spreading online.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service advis...

100 Academics Urge MPs To Reject Anti-Terror Bill

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government's anti-terrorism bill will lead to spy scandals due to weak scrutiny of Canadian intelligence agencies, says a ne...

The Canadian Recruit

CBC | Natalie Clancy | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada

The family of a young Canadian woman who travelled to Syria after being radicalized say losing her was the most "shocking thing in the world"...

Jihadist Mall Threats Meant To Capitalize On ISIS 'Momentum'

CBC | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Alberta

In the latest iteration of a sinister trend, a jihadist group released a YouTube video this weekend threatening carnage in the West. This time, howe...

No 'Imminent Threat' To West Edmonton Mall: Police

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A leader in Edmonton's Somali community says al-Shabab is despised among ex-pats for its barbarity and his biggest fear is a misplaced back...

'High Risk' Threat Against Edmonton Mall

CBC | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada Alberta

A video that appears to single out the West Edmonton Mall as a possible target by the al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabaab "is a very serious threat...

Canada's National Security Institutions Grilled Over $11 Billion In Lapsed Funds

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - New figures show the country's three major national security institutions were collectively unable to spend $11 billion of their budgets over...

4 Former PMs Call For Stronger Security Oversight

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Four former prime ministers and several retired Supreme Court members are among almost two dozen prominent Canadians calling for stronger sec...