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The Canadian Progressive: Politicians Betray Canadian Values in Israel-Gaza Conflict

Rights group says Canadian party leaders’ unequivocal support of Israel a betrayal of Canadian values, demonstrates “no nuance of understanding of the broader situation between Israel, Gaza and the Palestinians.”

The post Politicians Betray Canadian Values in Israel-Gaza Conflict appeared first on The Canadian Progressive. Industry Canada’s broadband plan will still leave rural Canadians struggling to catch up


This morning’s Industry Canada rural broadband announcement will still leave many Canadians struggling to catch up with our global counterparts when it comes to broadband access, reliability, and speed. That’s according to community-based, which is campaigning for every Canadian to have quality, affordable broadband.

“Once again we see Industry Canada reheating previous announcements rather than making the dedicated investments and policy changes other countries are making,” says Executive Director Steve Anderson. “The government continues to flog their unambitious digital policy, while avoiding the bold action needed to connect Canadians to the cutting-edge digital (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Navigating Canada’s complex terrain of student financial assistance

A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that “student aid systems in Canada are intricate, elaborate, and, in many cases, thoroughly unmanageable.”

The post Navigating Canada’s complex terrain of student financial assistance appeared first on The Canadian Progressive. Government’s own report confirms Canadian wireless prices still amongst highest in industrialized world, while more affordable new entrants starting to have positive impact on costs


New entrants hugely outperform the Big Three when it comes to wireless costs – but the Big Three is still blocking many Canadians from these affordable alternatives

July 14, 2014 – A new government report released this morning has confirmed that Canadians are still paying some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for wireless service. The Wall Report, which was commissioned by the CRTC, also confirms that new entrants like Wind and Mobilicity offer Canadians a far better deal than the Big Three, especially when it comes to mobile data and roaming in the U. (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: World Council of Churches Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment

The fellowship of over 300 churches representing some 590 million people in 150 countries, this week endorsed fossil fuel divestment.

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The Canadian Progressive: Canada must press Israel to end assault on Gaza

The Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East calls on Canadian MPs to press Israel to end its ongoing “disproportionate assault on Gaza.”

The post Canada must press Israel to end assault on Gaza appeared first on The Canadian Progressive. Social media companies, entrepreneurs, investors, Internet user groups speak out about Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement


With crucial TPP talks intensifying in Ottawa, business leaders have sent a letter raising concerns about how the TPP could force service providers to act as Internet cops, raising costs and potentially putting smaller providers out of business

July 7, 2014 – Canadian web business leaders are joining a large international coalition representing over 100 web companies and Internet user groups to speak out about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would force telecom and web providers to police the Internet, the cost of which could potentially put smaller providers out of business. Big names including Wikimedia, reddit, and (Read more…) Government spying on law-abiding public figures is tearing apart the fabric of our democracy, says OpenMedia following new revelations

Bombshell revelations from journalists Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussein expose extensive government spying on public figures, including a political candidate, a civil rights activist, lawyers, and academics

July 8, 2014 – In the wake of this evening’s bombshell revelations from journalists Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussein, citizens are demanding action to rein in the power of spy agencies like the U.S. NSA and Canada’s CSEC. In an in-depth piece on their website The Intercept, Greenwald and Hussein exposed how the NSA spied extensively on the private lives of prominent public figures in the American-Muslim community. Victims include a senior (Read more…) Measures to improve Canadians’ access to independent wireless services hailed as a positive step forward, although more will be needed to lower prices and boost choice


Industry Minister James Moore has announced that vital digital assets will be set aside for affordable new entrants in upcoming auction of AWS-3 wireless spectrum. Canadians have been calling for this type of set-aside for years.

July 7, 2014 – Industry Minister James Moore has announced new measures aimed at improving wireless choice for Canadians. This morning’s announcement comes in response to a sustained years-long campaign led by with the support of over 70,000 Canadians. The citizen-backed group is welcoming the news as a positive step forward for wireless choice, but says more action will be (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: CBC “Abandons Canadians”, Says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

The CBC plan to shift its priorities from television and radio to digital and mobile services, and reduce staff, abandons Canadians, says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

The post CBC “Abandons Canadians”, Says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE. OpenMedia launches new tool to enable Canadians to go face to face with those behind international Internet Censorship talks set to kick off in Ottawa


The secretive meetings concern a wide-ranging 12-country international agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Leaked documents suggest Canada’s Internet could become far more expensive, censored, and policed.

June 26, 2014 – According to official sources, Trans-Pacific Partnership talks begin in Ottawa on July 3rd-12th. The TPP is an international agreement involving Canada and 11 other countries, encompassing 40% of the global economy, that threatens to censor free expression online amongst other concerns spanning environmental protections, jobs, public health, and even our democratic rights.

OpenMedia is launching a new ‘Internet Voice’ tool to make sure citizens in Canada and across (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper’s “Fair” Elections Act to face Charter challenge

The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students announce a Charter challenge against Harper’s Fair Elections Act, which received Royal Assent and became law last week.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper Will Regret Approving the Enbridge Pipeline: Forest Ethics

Vancouver-based environmental group Forest Ethics says Harper’s approval of the politically toxic Northern Gateway pipeline may cost him the 2015 election.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: CJPME Urges Canada to Stop Dithering and Let Syrian Refugees In

The Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) urges Canada to resettle at least 5,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2014.

The post CJPME Urges Canada to Stop Dithering and Let Syrian Refugees In appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE. Breaking – Poll: Massive 73% majority of Canadians are opposed to Peter MacKay’s Online Spying Bill C-13


73% of Canadians oppose Bill C-13, with just 15% approving. Huge opposition among all regions, age groups, genders, and income levels. Even Conservatives oppose Bill C-13 by 62% to 24%.

June 19, 2014 – A new opinion poll just released by Forum Research reveals massive opposition to Peter MacKay’s Bill C-13. The poll shows that 73% of Canadians oppose C-13, with just 15% approving – a ratio of nearly 5 to 1. Large majorities oppose C-13 across every region, age group, gender, and income level. Notably, the poll reveals that just 24% of Conservative voters support the bill, (Read more…) Breaking – New Liberal Bill takes meaningful steps to rein in spy agency CSEC and improve oversight and judicial control


Privacy campaigners consider Liberal proposals to boost oversight, judicial control, and transparency over Canadian spy agency CSEC a welcome first step toward reining in the eavesdropping agency

June 18, 2014 – A new Private Member’s Bill introduced by Liberal MP Joyce Murray aims to boost oversight and transparency for government spy agency CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada). Community-based, which is leading a national coalition for improved privacy protections, says that although improvements are needed, the Liberal plan takes great strides toward creating much-needed transparency for the ultra-secretive government agency.

The CSEC Accountability and Transparency Act proposes (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: First Nations vow to fight Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project

“We are prepared to go to unprecedented lengths to conserve and protect our territories and waters from heavy oil” – First Nations Leadership Council

by: First Nations Leadership Council | Press Release | June 17, 2014

Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – On December 19, 2013 the Joint Review Process released its report on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project which included 209 recommended requirements for approval of the project. Today, the federal cabinet announced that it would approve the project. The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC), which is composed of the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, and Union of (Read more…) New Access My Info tool empowers Canadians to learn what information their telecom collects about them, and shares with third parties, including government entities


Tool built by privacy experts helps shed light on the data telecom companies collect and retain about Canadians

June 16, 2014 – Canadians have a new way to learn more about the information being collected about them by their telecom provider. A new online tool which is launching today simplifies the process of requesting information from telecom providers about the information they collect, and about their disclosure of personal information to third parties. The Access My Info tool creates a formal letter which, under Canadian privacy law, telecom companies are legally obliged to respond to within 30 days.

(Read more…) Govt under huge pressure as its new Privacy Commissioner tells MPs that Online Spying proposals must be removed from C-13


Daniel Therrien, the government’s recently appointed federal privacy watchdog, told key MPs that C-13 should be split to remove controversial and unpopular online spying provisions

June 10, 2014 – The government’s recently appointed federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has told MPs that controversial online spying proposals should be removed from Bill C-13. His comments came as part of his expert testimony earlier today to key MPs on the Justice and Human Rights Committee. Therrien said that if the online spying provisions weren’t removed, the government should at least include a clause requiring Parliament to review the legislation in (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Sex Workers Dismayed by Harper’s New Prostitution Law

“Frankly, this response is heartbreaking.” – Emily Symons

by: POWER | Press Release | June 4, 2014

(OTTAWA) – Today, members of POWER and other sex workers and allies across Canada expressed dismay and disappointment following the introduction of a Bill in the House of Commons that would criminalize the purchase of sex. The Minister of Justice tabled the Bill in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s historic decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford, in which Canada’s highest court struck down key Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution on the grounds that they put sex workers (Read more…) Govt’s own nominee for Federal Privacy Commissioner calls for C-13 to be split to remove controversial Online Spying provisions


Daniel Therrien, the government’s recently announced nominee for top federal privacy job, said Bill C-13 could violate privacy by allowing police to collect information about Canadians without a warrant

June 3, 2014 – The government’s recently announced nominee for federal Privacy Commissioner, Daniel Therrien, has joined a growing chorus of Canadians calling for Bill C-13 to be split to remove its online spying provisions. Mr Therrien made the comments earlier this morning to a committee of MPs vetting him for the role of Canada’s next top privacy watchdog. His nomination has been the subject of intense criticism from (Read more…) Privacy Coalition experts urge Prime Minister to heed serious concerns about Online Spying Bill C-13 and to rethink Privacy Commissioner nomination


Letter to PM from leading Privacy Coalition experts sets out detailed critique of how Bill C-13 undermines privacy and calls for rethink of Privacy Commissioner nomination

May 30, 2014 – A group of leading privacy experts have written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to demand he tackle Canada’s growing privacy deficit, remove online spying provisions from Bill C-13, and rethink his controversial nomination of Daniel Therrien as Canada’s new Privacy watchdog. The group is joining a growing chorus of opposition to Bill C-13, which experts say would open the door to widespread warrantless spying on Canadians.

The (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada-EU trade deal will hurt Canada’s auto industry: study

by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release | May 28, 2014

OTTAWA – The proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will only exacerbate the Canadian auto industry’s recent decline, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The study, by Unifor economist and CCPA vice-president Jim Stanford, analyses CETA’s likely effects on Canadian automotive trade, investment, and employment and claims the trade deal will make Canada’s current trade imbalance with the EU incrementally worse. The study estimates that the existing $5.3 billion trade deficit with Europe will widen significantly as (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Poll: Albertans clearly support stronger rules for industrial greenhouse gas emissions

by: Pembina Institute | Press Release | May 23, 2014

EDMONTON — New poll results show that 76 per cent of Albertans support the Government of Alberta requiring stronger greenhouse gas performance regulations for industrial facilities.

Federal and provincial greenhouse gas regulations for the oil and gas sector have long been in the works, and Alberta’s existing emissions rules, the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER), are set to expire on September 1, 2014.

However, recent media reports suggest the Alberta government intends to put off announcing any changes to its existing industrial emissions regulations until the fall, attributing the (Read more…) Canada’s leading privacy experts unite behind Ottawa Statement, offer high-level proposals to rein in mass surveillance


Over 35 leading academics and 19 organizations sign on in support of the Ottawa Statement on Mass Surveillance, which sets out what needs to be done to protect Canadians from out-of-control mass surveillance

May 22, 2014 – The government needs to start respecting the Charter and Canadians’ human and democratic rights when it comes to privacy. That’s according to a blue-ribbon group of Canada’s top privacy experts, supported by a wide range of civic society and public interest organizations. Today, the group is launching the Ottawa Statement on Mass Surveillance which sets out high-level recommendations aimed at putting (Read more…)