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100 Academics Urge MPs To Reject Anti-Terror Bill

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.27.2015 | 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 02.25.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | Canada Politics

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

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

Eva Prkachin | Posted 02.16.2015 | 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.

Hey Harper, Mosques Don't Create Terrorists

Davide Mastracci | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Davide Mastracci

On January 30, a reporter asked Harper how newly-introduced anti-terror legislation will differentiate between somebody who is "radicalized" and "a teen who's just messing around in the basement." Harper answered by saying promoting terrorism is a serious offence no matter "what the age of the person is, or whether they're in a basement, or whether they're in a mosque or somewhere else." Harper's response to this question associates hundreds of mosques across the country with the promotion of terrorism and violence and is misguided for multiple reasons.

Bob Rae: Spy Agency Watchdog 'Suffers From A Lack Of Resources'

CBC | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Politics

As the government's anti-terrorism bill is set to enhance the powers of the national spy agency, a former member of the independent body that w...

Legalities Of CSIS Overseas Spying To Be Reviewed By Top Court

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will delve into the legalities of overseas spying by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.The federal gover...

What CSIS Can't Do.. Even With More Powers

CBC | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Politics

The government's proposed anti-terror legislation expands the powers of Canadian Security Intelligence Service to allow it to "disrupt"...

Canada Needs A Better System Of Watching Over Anti-Terrorism Legislation

Colin Kenny | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

One promising means of addressing the gap in national security review would be to vest Parliament with some of that responsibility. Canada holds the shameful distinction of being the only country among the Five Eyes, the international intelligence partnership that includes the U.K. and U.S., without some form of intelligence review by its legislative body. This needs to change. But that alone won't fix everything. The U.S. has legislative oversight mechanisms in place and yet couldn't avoid scandals around torture.

Anti-Terror Bill To Beef Up Spy Powers

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency could soon have the power to derail terrorist plots — not just gather and analyze information about them — as the gov...

CSIS To Gain New 'Power To Disrupt'

CBC | Posted 01.29.2015 | 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 ...

Liberal MP Admits Worry Over 'Erosion Of Our Parliamentary System'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Government MPs have voted down a raft of proposed amendments to a federal bill intended to solidify the terrorist-tracking powers of Canada's...

Official: Bill Allowing CSIS To Break Foreign Laws Is Constitutional

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The deputy minister of public safety says a bill that would allow Canada's spy agency to break foreign laws is constitutional.At a Commons co...

CSIS Left In Dark On Terror Tracking, Feds Argue

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has been left in the dark about the legality of tracking Canadian terror suspects overseas, the fe...

Harper Ignored Mulcair's Objections Over CSIS Watchdog Picks

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government appointed two members to Canada's spy watchdog despite objections raised by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair during formal ...

More Surveillance Punishes Canadians, Not Terrorists

Tom Henheffer | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Henheffer

The potential destruction of terrorism is infinitesimally smaller than the damage done to our rights by a disproportionate attempt to prevent it. Please. Please remember this. It's even more important now, when that fact is so easily forgotten in the wake of the attack on our Parliament and the tragic deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. We cannot allow the extreme actions of a few to strip us of the freedoms those soldiers worked so hard to protect. But the Canadian government continues to roll back our rights in the name of "security."

Now, More Than Ever, Canada Must Remain Free and Open

Josh Tabish | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh Tabish

It has never been clearer that Canada has a growing privacy deficit that needs to be addressed. Unless we work together, we could end up with a society that's more spied on and policed than ever before.

CSIS Policies Leave Gun-Toting Spies Without Cover: Watchdog

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The national intelligence watchdog has found "serious issues" with the policy that allows Canadian spies to carry guns in overseas hotspots.I...

CSIS: Money An Issue In Monitoring Of Radicalized Canadians

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - It would be foolish to say the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has "all the bases covered" when it comes to monitoring radicalized Can...

Tories To Give Spies More Power

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government plans to amend the law governing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to give the spy agency greater abilit...

Spy Watchdog's Links To Big Oil Spark Complaint

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A civil liberties group is objecting to Canada's spy watchdog assigning Yves Fortier to investigate alleged spying on environmental activists...