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Cowichan Conversations: Quebec Resident Charged at Border For Not Giving Up Phone Password

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

Our rights and freedoms are disappearing before our eyes.

The new normal is ‘Orwellian’ and it is taking hold as commonplace. Like a lobster in a pot we are being conditioned to be accepting of these dangerous intrusions.

Harper’s Bill C 51-The so called anti terrorism bill promises further . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Quebec Resident Charged at Border For Not Giving Up Phone Password

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Much Ado About Religious Accommodation

Much is being made of a decision by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) managers at Toronto’s Pearson airport to allow a small group of Hindu priests to avoid screening by female border guards to comply with their religious beliefs. Apparently some f… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Much Ado About Religious Accommodation

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Much Ado About Religious Accommodation

Much is being made of a decision by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) managers at Toronto’s Pearson airport to allow a small group of Hindu priests to avoid screening by female border guards to comply with their religious beliefs.

Apparently some female CBSA officers feel that they were discriminated against by this decision. I could . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Much Ado About Religious Accommodation

Dented Blue Mercedes: “Protective” Custody

The way that trans people are housed in detention and correctional settings has come to attention recently, after British comedian Avery Edison was detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) for having previously overstayed her visa — and then she was initially sent to a mens’ prison while the issue was sorted out. After . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: “Protective” Custody

Dented Blue Mercedes: “Protective” Custody

The way that trans people are housed in detention and correctional settings has come to attention recently, after British comedian Avery Edison was detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) for having previously overstayed her visa — and then she was initially sent to a mens’ prison while the issue was sorted out. After . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: “Protective” Custody

Dented Blue Mercedes: On the Detention of Trans People

“… in a way that is not inconsistent with one’s gender identity.”

Remember that phrase. It’s going to simplify something that might otherwise seem like a complicated issue.

So this British comedian walks into Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

Some of you have heard this one before…

The treatment of trans people (particularly trans women) in . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: On the Detention of Trans People

The Canadian Progressive: Rights groups demand independent oversight of federal agency CBSA

by: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release

Public inquiry recommended oversight in 2006 – no action since that time

The BC Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers today called on the government to end its long inaction on the need for an independent and effective . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Rights groups demand independent oversight of federal agency CBSA

Alberta Diary: Grass crime no! Grain crime yes! The inconsistencies of Prime Minister Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper stands with Rick Strankman and some of the other law-breaking farmers the PM pardoned in 2011. (Photo grabbed from the Drumheller Mail.) Below: Mr. Strankman, now Wildrose MLA for Drumheller-Stettler, and Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is open in his disdain . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Grass crime no! Grain crime yes! The inconsistencies of Prime Minister Harper

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians refuse permission to be filmed for anti-immigrant reality TV show “Border Security”

By: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release:

BCCLA delivers over 1400 forms filled out by individuals refusing permission to be filmed to CBSA, Shaw TV and show producers

BCCLA Staff, Josh Paterson and Stefanie Ratjen, delivering the forms to the Canadian Border Services Agency (Photo: BCCLA)

VANCOUVER, June 24, 2013 – In less . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadians refuse permission to be filmed for anti-immigrant reality TV show “Border Security”

Impolitical: Toews and all his eavesdropping

We have learned this week that the Canada Border Services Agency, under the leadership of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, will be seeking to audio record what travellers are saying in their cars at border crossings and in person at airports. See this report in the Toronto Star yesterday, for example. It is reported there . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Toews and all his eavesdropping

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Censorship in Canada, 2010-2011

Think censorship doesn’t happen in Canada? It does, though rarely. There are, however, many attempts at censorship, and it is something we have to be on guard for at all times. It seems that in Canada, our politeness gene runs … Continue reading →

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