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The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Randall Garrison introduces bill to repeal Bill C-51

Randall Garrison’s Bill C-303 seeks to repeal the Harper-era “secret police” legislation, Bill C-51 or Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. Experts and rights groups say C-51 violates the Canadians Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Environmental Law Alert Blog: Is our atmosphere critical infrastructure? The Canadian government responds

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Recently we received a series of replies from the Canadian government to our suggestion that the global atmosphere was critical infrastructure, at least as essential to our national security as pipelines and highways.We learned that Public Safety Canada recognizes that climate change can have a huge impact on . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Is our atmosphere critical infrastructure? The Canadian government responds

Cowichan Conversations: Harper’s Talking Points Released To Raeside!

Obviously Adrian has an inside source who shares Steve’s talking points. LMAO

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau on supporting Bill ‪C-51‬: “Perhaps It Was Naive”

During last Thursday’s Maclean’s leaders’ debate, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau admitted that the Liberals’ support of Harper’s “secret police” Bill C-51 was “perhaps it was naive.”

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Alberta Politics: MP Wai Young’s lines were flubbed, but nevertheless they sound like a cynical Harper Government talking point

PHOTOS: The Cone of Silence – it just doesn’t work for anyone any more. Below: Conservative MP Wai Young, Conservative PM Stephen Harper and Jesus, whose position on Canadian politics is unknown. It seems likely Vancouver South MP Wai Young fumbled a cynical Harper Government talking point when she claimed last month that Air India . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: MP Wai Young’s lines were flubbed, but nevertheless they sound like a cynical Harper Government talking point

Alberta Politics: Liberal dissenter says Conservative Senators ignored advice from police in report on preventing terrorism

PHOTO: Alberta Senator Grant Mitchell with the Senate Chamber in the background (from his website). Conservative Senators on the Upper Chamber’s Standing Committee on National Security and Defence were not interested in the strongest recommendation by police and security experts who testified before the panel, its Liberal Deputy Chair told AlbertaPolitics.ca yesterday. “We heard over . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Liberal dissenter says Conservative Senators ignored advice from police in report on preventing terrorism

Bill Longstaff: The U.S. military’s war on the environment

One of the American institutions most alert to the threat of global warming is the military. The Pentagon has issued several reports stating that the greatest threat to U.S. national security is climate change. Ironically, the military itself is the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter.

The Department of Defense devours about 330,000 barrels of oil . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The U.S. military’s war on the environment

The Canadian Progressive: In Vancouver, Canada’s first annual Charter of Rights and Freedoms march

Canada’s first annual Rights and Freedoms March, a celebration of the anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, launches in Vancouver on April 17.

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The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May Rejects Harper’s Cosmetic Bill C-51 Amendments

Harper’s Bill C-51 remains “dangerous and undemocratic” and “deeply unconstitutional” despite the Conservatives’ proposed amendments, says MP Elizabeth May.

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The Canadian Progressive: “Bill C-51 is reckless and dangerous,” says OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson

Testifying before the House of Commons public safety committee on Monday, OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson said Harper’s anti-terror Bill C-51 is dangerous, reckless and ineffective.

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The Canadian Progressive: Bill C-51: 8 things activists and dissenters in Canada need to know

After thoroughly studying Harper’s draconian anti-terror Bill C-51, lawyers at the BC Civil Liberties Association suggest the 8 things activists and dissenters in Canada need to know.

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The Canadian Progressive: Tens of thousands expected to protest Harper’s Bill C-51 today

As many as 83,000 people are expected to take to the streets of Canada today to protest Bill C-51, Stephen Harper’s proposed “secret police” legislation.

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The Canadian Progressive: Open letter to RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson on climate change and national security

In this open letter to RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson, Ben West challenges the RCMP’s labeling of environmentalists as a threat to Canada’s national security.

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cmkl: CSIS to be given ‘power to disrupt,’ not arrest, in new anti-terror bill, CBC reports

I really hope this is one of those trial balloon thingies where the government puts out feelers, leaks ‘drafts’, spreads rumours about something far worse than they actually intend. Because if they actually do plan to let CSIS ‘disrupt’ people without due process, as CBC reports, we will truly have turned a corner into the . . . → Read More: cmkl: CSIS to be given ‘power to disrupt,’ not arrest, in new anti-terror bill, CBC reports

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s new terror laws must respect Canadians’ fundamental rights: watchdogs

Canada’s provincial and federal privacy commissioners are warning the Harper government against using the recent shootings in Ottawa and Quebec as a pretext to attack Canadians’ fundamental rights.

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The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa Shooting: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Address

Here’s the full transcript of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to the nation following the shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

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The Canadian Progressive: Gretzky wrong to call Harper “one of the greatest prime ministers ever”

Wayne Gretzky, “The Great One,” endorsed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership, called him “one of the greatest prime ministers ever.”

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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: It’s time to recognize the market-fundamentalist elephant in the airport security screening room

Some of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s sub-contracted passenger screening supervisors at Edmonton International Airport. Fortunately for them, theirs won’t be the heads that roll. Below: Skylar Murphy, the 18-year-old brainiac with a recreational pipe bomb; the proverbial elephant in the room.

Canadian airports really do have a security problem with fundamentalists: . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: It’s time to recognize the market-fundamentalist elephant in the airport security screening room

Alberta Diary: Caught in an apparent conflict like Chuck Strahl? No problem! Just double down!

Manning Centre-Security Intelligence Review Committee Chair and Enbridge lobbyist Chuck Strahl. Below: Former would-be Reform Party prime minister Preston Manning; Reform Party prime minister in waiting Jason Kenney. All these slightly out-of-focus profile shots were taken by your blogger during his infiltration of the 2013 Manning Centre conference in Ottawa.

When people at . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Caught in an apparent conflict like Chuck Strahl? No problem! Just double down!

drive-by planet: Democracy Now interview: Ladar Levison talks about decision to close Lavabit rather than comply with U.S. government

In a follow-up to the previous entry I’m posting a Democracy Now interview with Lavabit owner and operator Ladar Levison.

Levison made the difficult decision to shut down the encrypted email service, Lavabit, after an apparent bid by the U.S. government to gain access to customer data. As mentioned in the previous . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Democracy Now interview: Ladar Levison talks about decision to close Lavabit rather than comply with U.S. government

Alberta Diary: The Doctor of Panama: a strange tale of Harperite politics and national security

Positive vetting? Where’s George Smiley when you really need him? Not in Canada, by the sound of it. Below: Dr. Arthur Porter with his former pal Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Globe and Mail photo).

It’s almost bizarre, and almost certainly driven by political expediency, that no one seems to have so much as . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Doctor of Panama: a strange tale of Harperite politics and national security

350 or bust: We Could Have Stopped Climate Chaos But We Were Too Damned Cheap

What a beautiful Friday morning in my part of the world. The sky is blue and clear on a minus 16 degree C March 1st day. I’m watching two pileated woodpeckers enjoy the suet in the bird feeder just outside the window. They certainly are impressive birds, especially close up! I took this picture earlier . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: We Could Have Stopped Climate Chaos But We Were Too Damned Cheap

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian activist says Harper is wrong about Iran, gets CSIS visit

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 22, 2013: In January, 2012, outspoken labour and anti-racism activist, Ken Stone argued that “Harper is Wrong in Demonizing Iran” in an editorial piece published by the Hamilton Spectator. On January 15, 2013, two Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agents showed up on his door and questioned . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadian activist says Harper is wrong about Iran, gets CSIS visit

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Environmental Activists “Threat To National Security”: Harper Government

RCMP and CSIS treat peaceful protest actions and questioning the Harper Government as ‘forms of attack’, label activists involved “national security threats”, documents reveal. By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 22, 2013: The Harper Government is intensifying its attacks on environmental and other activist movements in Canada, according to documents released under freedom . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Environmental Activists “Threat To National Security”: Harper Government