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The Canadian Progressive: The Canadian Progressive Joins Global Net Neutrality Protest

Today, The Canadian Progressive joins millions of websites, digital rights organizations and Internet freedom fighters demanding stronger “net neutrality” protections.

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Dented Blue Mercedes: Could anti-prostitution Bill C-36 also ban porn?

One of the concerns that has been raised about Bill C-36 is that “sexual services” is not defined.

Terri Jean Bedford, one of the plaintiffs in the case that overturned the previous anti-prostitution laws, has raised this question a number of times, without receiving an answer. A professional dominatrix’s job, after all, involves fulfilling a fantasy, and may not include any actual sex acts at all. Does sex have to happen in order for there to have been a “sexual service?” Where is that line drawn?

It’s because of this vague nature of the terminology that some (Read more…)

Dented Blue Mercedes: Could anti-prostitution Bill C-36 also ban porn?

One of the concerns that has been raised about Bill C-36 is that “sexual services” is not defined.

Terri Jean Bedford, one of the plaintiffs in the case that overturned the previous anti-prostitution laws, has raised this question a number of times, without receiving an answer. A professional dominatrix’s job, after all, involves fulfilling a fantasy, and may not include any actual sex acts at all. Does sex have to happen in order for there to have been a “sexual service?” Where is that line drawn?

It’s because of this vague nature of the terminology that some (Read more…)

Pample the Moose: Silencing or Strategic Manoeuvring? Professor Strong-Boag, International Women’s Day and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights

For the past three days, my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been filled with a series of re-posts and re-tweets related to Professor Veronica Strong-Boag’s blogpost about International Women’s Day (IWD) for the (still-to-be-opened) Canadian Museum of Human Rights.  According to the detailed report on ActiveHistory.ca, containing Strong-Boag’s post and commentary about the story, she had been commissioned by the Museum to write a post about IWD for their collective blog.  When she submitted the blogpost, it was initially approved, and then withdrawn when the communications department expressed concern over her comment on the current Conservative (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Australians to Canadians: Beware TPP economic fallout

Over 125,000 people – including tens of thousands of Canadians – have now spoken out about the damaging Internet censorship proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We know from leaked drafts all about how the TPP would make your Internet more expensive, censored, and policed.

Now, our friends in Australia are sounding the alarm about how the TPP could wreak havoc on Canada’s economy. Australians know well the economic damage that unbalanced and extreme Internet censorship rules can cause. Australia was forced to adopt extreme copyright rules as part of the Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) – rules which (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Of "Porn Filters" and Agendas

Remember July this year, when Joy Smith stood up in Canada’s Parliament and suggested we should follow the UK’s example and implement a “porn filter”?

Well, Cameron’s filter is about to go live, and as one might have expected, it’s blocking a heck of a lot more than just “adult content” websites:

Included in O2′s “parental control blocklist” are such hotbeds of hardcore porn as Slashdot, EFF, Linux Today, Blogspot, No Starch Press, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and, of course,Boing Boing. 

A more complete investigation is here.

None of the sites listed above are exactly hotbeds of porn.  In (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Say No to Internet Censorship

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Highlight Link:  http://openmedia.org/censorship

OpenMedia.ca: The Internet Insider | Say No To Internet Censorship

Hello!

Listen up, world leaders! The citizens of the Internet have a few demands. We want to put an end to threats to Internet freedom. Head over to OpenMedia.org/Censorship to send a clear message to world leaders that we will not stand for the closed, censored and policed Internet outlined in the TPP.

For the Internet,

- The OpenMedia.ca Team

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ParliamANT Hill: MusiciAnt songs banned on radio station

Inspired by this headline:  http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2013/09/12/neil_youngs_music_banned_from_radio_station_after_hiroshima_remark.html

Let Freedom Rain II: Australia censorship chronicles: Student newspaper cover of 18 vaginas censored.

The human body is a wonderful thing. But seeing too much of it takes away the thrill. That was the point of the University of Sydney student paper’s cover, featuring 18 vaginas. But the college’s council rejected the images. When the paper put black bars over the naughtiest bits to assuage the council, the cover was still rejected. I’ll let Jezebel take over: 

The magazine says they wanted to challenge censorship and stigmatisation of women’s bodies by showing vaginas in a non-sexual way. You know, since more than fifty percent of the population has one, maybe we shouldn’t (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Alice Walker Disinvited By Top US University Over Israel Criticism

The University of Michigan has disinvited Pulitzer-prize winning African-American author Alice Walker as punishment for her progressive views on Israel.

The post Alice Walker Disinvited By Top US University Over Israel Criticism appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dented Blue Mercedes: Porn opt-ins, soft censorship and buttbuttinating personal responsibility

On Monday, British Prime Minster David Cameron announced that internet service providers in the U.K. would be required to filter out online porn as part of several new rules to come into effect by the end of the year. Adults will still have the ability to opt in to view porn, but filtering will be the ”unavoidable choice” default that ISPs will need to provide. The same day, Twitter announced that it would be implementing a tagging system to fight porn, apparently at the British government’s urging.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP), Tom Copeland, revealed (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Joy Smith, Minister of Censorship #cdnpoli #censorship #cpc

Joy Smith, the Conservative Minister for Censorship, has an op-ed up in the Huffington Post continuing her call to filter internet content at the internet service provider level. I won’t link to it because I can’t help but think I’m giving her more than the 15 minutes of fame she has already used up. You know how to Google.

She wants people to have a conversation with her about the role the government can play in censoring legal web content. Her argument comes down to, “won’t someone please think of the children”.

She lauds Prime Minister David Cameron’s effort in (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: The state has no business in the computers of the nation

The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation, a future Prime Minister once said. Nearly 50 years later, it’s time for an update, as the state has no business in our bedrooms either.

Inspired by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has proposed legislation that would require British Internet service providers (ISPs) to filter any adult-related content on home Internet connections unless the customer has asked for it — to protect children, they say — Conservative MP Joy Smith says she wants Stephen Harper to bring similar regulation to Canada.

For all their supposed opposition to big (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Tim Hortons blocks customers’ WiFi access to gay and lesbian website

Last week, Canadian coffee titan Tim Hortons blocked the website of popular gay and lesbian newspaper Xtra from its public WiFi network.

The post Tim Hortons blocks customers’ WiFi access to gay and lesbian website appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Diary: Journalists found guilty of ethical breaches really shouldn’t lecture on journalistic ethics

People who live in glass houses next door to used car lots shouldn’t … Below: Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente, the Globe’s disclaimer.

S’cuse me! We ex-journalists are permitted to do whatever we like! And if Prime Minister Thomas Mulcair wants to appoint me to the Senate, I’m taking the job!

The same thing goes for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau if he makes the offer, if you must know.

But then, I haven’t worked as a journalist in this century and, with a little luck and the intervention of a kindly and progressive prime minister, I’ll never have to (Read more…)

Art Threat: Calgary muzzles artists critical of tar sands

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation had a permit from the City of Calgary to display their travelling art exhibition, Artists for an Oil-Free Coast, at city hall. However, once the show opened, a backlash from conservative politicians caused the city to revoke the permit, arguing the show was too “political” and violated municipal bylaws banning demonstrations inside the building.

Despite the show’s unambiguous title, the city claims they “weren’t aware there was a specific political agenda or cause associated with the art exhibit,” according to Sharon Purvis, the city’s director with corporate properties and buildings.

While the city is (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: Young woman arrested for posting photo of graffitti online

Young woman arrested for posting photo of graffitti online:

According to CBC News:

A 20-year-old woman has been accused of criminal harassment and intimidation against a high-ranking Montreal police officer after she posted a photo of anti-police graffiti online.

Pawluck insists that she’s done nothing wrong and the actions of the Montreal police amount to harassment.

Montreal criminal defence attorney Eric Sutton says the Crown will have to prove that Lafrenière reasonably feared for his safety because of the photo posted by Pawluck.

“I think this may be somewhat of a political statement by the police

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Art Threat: Weiwei-isms: the Coles Notes of an infamous Chinese dissident

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake shook through Wenchuan County in Sichuan province of the People’s Republic of China on May 12, 2008. Official figures listed 69,197 dead, including 5,335 children, mostly killed as a result of shoddy school construction — a horrible tragedy, particularly due to China’s one-child policy, that caught the attention of a couple of artists, including the now infamous Ai Weiwei.

Ai had courted controversy before by being publicly outspoken about the Beijing Olympics, but his response to the Sichuan earthquake brought him into the sharp focus of the Chinese government. Working with a number of locals (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Christie: The Unauthorized Obituary (article in The Tyee)

Doug Christie: The Unauthorized Obituary (article in The Tyee):

Tom Hawthorn of TheTyee reiterates what I wrote in my post about the recently croaked lawyer Doug Christie. Despite his pompous self-declarations, Christie was not a true advocate for free speech; he was merely an advocate for racism, anti-Semitism and other far right views. Christie, in fact, used the court system to try to silence critics, which is the exact opposite of promoting unfettered speech. What a hypocritical, lying piece of shit.

Excerpts:

In the late 1990s, Christie represented clients who sued newspaper cartoonist Josh Beutel, the New Brunswick Teachers’

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The Ranting Canadian: Doug Christie – racist anti-Semitic lawyer, white nationalist…

Doug Christie – racist anti-Semitic lawyer, white nationalist activist and Western separatist wannabe politician from British Columbia – died on March 11, 2013 at the age of 66 from liver disease.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Historical revisionists – and others who may be well-intended but misguided — are (sieg) heiling the Nazi sympathizer as a underdog champion of free speech in Canada, but that empathy is misplaced.

Regardless of one’s stance on hate speech laws and censorship, one should never forget that Christie’s defence of free speech was extremely selective. He defended white supremacists, homophobes and Jew-haters not out

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The New Secret Nation #nlpoli

On the front page of Wednesday’s Telegram was another instalment in James McLeod’s blockbuster on the provincial government’s policy of censoring public documents.

This one focused on the claim by a spokesperson for the public engagement office that orders in council were not covered by a section of the province’s access to information law that prohibits disclosure of cabinet decisions even though the orders are essentially cabinet decisions.

At the same time, the spokesperson said the orders were subject to other sections of the act that allowed government officials to censor them selectively.

Yes, that is exactly as screwed-up as it sounds.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Censoring Public Documents… or not #nlpoli

Not only does the provincial government now censor public documents called orders in council, they can’t get their own scheme right.

Public engagement minister Keith Hutchings published a letter to the editor claiming that government had always censored orders in council.  The Telegram dutifully went back and asked for some of the same documents they’d received before with censored sections blacked out.

A front-page story in this Saturday’s edition (March 2) lays out the details.

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The Canadian Progressive: CBS bans breasts, buttocks, genitals, this Pink stuff at Grammy Awards

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 9, 2013: Nearly ten years after Janet Jackson’s famous wardrobe malfunction, the CBS is on high alert concerning nudity. A “Wardrobe Advisory” email the network’s Standards & Practices department sent out to representatives of stars scheduled to perform at Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards is warning performers to adequately cover their breasts, READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: A Year After SOPA, A Look At The Next 5 Battles For Internet Freedom

by Trevor Timm | Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jan. 18, 2013: One year ago today, Internet users of all ages, races, and political stripes participated in the largest protest in Internet history, flooding Congress with millions of emails and phone calls to demand they drop the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—a dangerous bill that would have allowed READ MORE