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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- The Broadbent Institute details Rhys Kesselman’s research on how the Cons’ expanded TFSAs are nothing but a giveaway to the wealthy. And Dean Beeby reports on their withholding of EI supplements from the families who most need them – paired with a complete lack of responsibility or contrition now that the problem has been discovered.

- Matt Saccaro discusses the widespread burnout among U.S. workers as huge increases in hours worked and productivity have done nothing to improve wages or living conditions over a period of decades. And Bill Tieleman slams (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Is This a Battle We’ve Already Lost Without Knowing It?

Okay they’re listening and I’ve unwittingly let them in my house.

We were somewhat troubled to learn, several years ago, that certain game consoles had cameras that could allow others to watch what people were doing without them knowing of it.

Now I might have fallen for something along the same lines.  I’ve developed a heart issue that is somewhat sleep related.  I read about this fitness tracker plus thingee offered by Jawbone, the UP3, that has additional sensors that monitor, record and report things such as resting heart rate and detailed sleep data according to light, deep and REM (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Another bill that will reshape Canada’s privacy law

More bad news for Canadians. 

Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star

A budget implementation bill is an unlikely — and many would say inappropriate — place to make major changes to Canadian privacy law. Yet Bill C-59, the government’s 158-page bill that is set to sweep through the House of Commons, does just that. 

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OpenMedia.ca: Kill Bill C-51

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The Canadian Progressive: #StopC51: Ottawa to host massive protest against Harper’s Bill C-51

On Saturday, May 30, Ottawa will host what’s likely to be a game-changing protest against Bill C-51, PM Stephen Harper’s “secret police” legislation.

The post #StopC51: Ottawa to host massive protest against Harper’s Bill C-51 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: When Giving Up Your Privacy is Part of the Job Description

Caregivers have very little privacy.  We leave the bathroom door open so we can hear our loved ones if they call.  The clinic calls just as we’ve poured our tea and sat down with the newspaper. A home care worker arrives to give us respite and complains about the dishes in the sink.  Later, a social worker arrives and enquires about our spousal relations.  Giving up some privacy is necessary for caregivers sometimes, but we don’t have to give it all away.  Preserving a bit of privacy means keeping a personal part of ourselves intact, with dignity.

So, where can (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Michael Schwartz and Kevin Young make the case for a greater focus on influencing corporations and other institutions first and foremost – with the expectation that more fair public policy will be possible if a dominant business sector doesn’t stand in the way. David Wessel points out that many states’ tax systems are set up to exacerbate inequality. And Matthew Yglesias notes that a typical set of slap-on-the-wrist fines against banks for massive market manipulations call into question whether the U.S.’ current regulatory structure is anywhere close to sufficient to protect (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Great to See Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien welcoming our community’s Privacy Plan

Check out this great media coverage of our Privacy Plan, a crowdsourced plan to fix Canada’s privacy deficit. Over 125,000 took part in this process and we’re happy to know your views on privacy have been endorsed by Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien. You can read the complete plan here: https://PrivacyPlan.ca/

Article by Kady O’Malley for CBC News

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OpenMedia.ca: TODAY: Join our Privacy Town Hall at 11am PT / 2pm ET, Wednesday May 20th

Calling all Canadians! Join us for our Social Media Town Hall on privacy issues, taking place on Facebook and reddit TODAY at 11am PT / 2pm ET today.

We’ll have great expert guests to cover all the bases: 

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OpenMedia.ca: Our positive crowdsourced action plan to turn the Bill C-51 debate on its head and restore the privacy rights of every Canadian

A version of this article by our David Christopher was originally published by The Tyee, as part of a new series about Canada’s Privacy Plan

Today’s the big day, folks: this morning, OpenMedia is launching our positive, pro-privacy action plan, packed with ideas from everyday Canadians about how to roll back Bill C-51, end mass surveillance, and restore the privacy rights of everyone who lives in Canada.

Check out Canada’s Privacy Plan right now at PrivacyPlan.ca or download the full 96-page report as a PDF right here. And join with leading experts today (Wed) at 11am PT / (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: True free expression requires privacy

This article was originally published at Canadian Journalists For Free Expression. 

“If I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to fear.” This is perhaps the most common reason people give for shrugging off stories about government intelligence agencies, like the National Security Agency (NSA) in the U.S. and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in Canada, spying on their own country’s citizens.

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OpenMedia.ca: Conservative MP Laurie Hawn attacks Canadian Businesses that raised concerns about Bill C-51

Wow — this is how Conservative MP Laurie Hawn responded to the now 140+ businesses who have raised concerns in a letter published by the National Post about reckless spying Bill C-51:”[They] should seriously reconsider their business model and their lack of commitment to the values that bind us as Canadians”.

Keep in mind that the list of signatories includes the founder of the largest software company in Canada.

In fact the list of signatories runs the gamut from local bakeries, to property developers, to venture capitalists.  It’s amazingly unbecoming of a public office holder like Laurie Hawn to question (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: LAST CHANCE: Just 24 hours to tell your MP to #RejectFear and #StopC51

This is it folks – there are now just 24 hours before tomorrow’s FINAL House of Commons vote on Bill C-51.

That’s right – there are just hours left to tell your MP to vote against this reckless Bill that will endanger our rights, turn CSIS into a secret police force, and make us all less safe.

As the clock ticks down, we need to pull out all the stops to tell MPs to side with Canadians, do the right thing, and vote against this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective legislation.

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Accidental Deliberations: On personal protections

Where Brad Wall will admit just one “lapse in judgment” in his office’s deliberate release of Peter Bowden’s personal information for political purposes, I can count several – with a staffer’s working for Wall in the first place, following his instructions, and expecting not to be thrown under the bus for Wall’s decision looming high on the list.

Fortunately for Wall’s staffers, they’re apparently being granted far more privacy protection than the whistleblowers they’re being paid to attack.

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the treatment of Peter Bowden’s concerns about patient care demonstrate that the Saskatchewan Party can’t tell the difference between partisan and public interests.

For further reading…- The background to the story, including Bowden’s comment on understaffing at his Oliver Lodge workplace, was reported on by Clare Clancy here. CBC highlighted the apparent retaliation against Bowden here. And Mike McKinnon reported on the privacy breach involved in the release of details of Bowden’s suspension here.- And Murray Mandryk has already weighed in on the privacy concerns here and here. (Though I’ll note that the Saskatchewan (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Bill C-51 undermines Canada’s business climate and global reputation

Canadian business leaders and tech entrepreneurs are convinced that Stephen Harper’s Bill C-51 undermines Canada’s business climate and global reputation.

The post Bill C-51 undermines Canada’s business climate and global reputation appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Both Edward Keenan and the Star’s editorial board take note of Thomas Mulcair’s plan for urban renewal, with particular emphasis on its appeal across party lines: Speaking directly to Toronto city council and Mayor John Tory, who won election largely on the basis of his promised SmartTrack “surface subway,” Mulcair said he would be a partner on transit: “Together we will get the people of Toronto moving.”

No wonder Tory declared himself “gratified and pleased” with Mulcair’s approach. Other elements of the NDP’s urban agenda include: Appointing a minister responsible for urban (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On choosing forums

In addition to grossly misrepresenting the NDP’s position in opposition to C-51, Yves Messy makes the bizarre argument that we should decline to fight against the Cons’ terror bill through the political system, and instead count on courts to rein in its excesses. So let’s look at what’s wrong with that theory.

At the outset, the structure of C-51 makes it difficult for some of the most important provisions to be challenged at all. As I’ve noted before, the entire point of providing CSIS with the power to act in secret is to ensure that people don’t know what’s (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, condensing this post on the component parts of the Cons’ terror bill.

For further reading…- Michael Geist writes that C-51 represents the evisceration of privacy in Canada. – Jim Bronskill reports on Amnesty International’s opposition to C-51 as a means of targeting activists. And Alyssa Stryker and Carmen Cheung highlight six elements protesters will want to understand about the bill. – Finally, Craig Forcese and Kent Roach discuss the international implications of C-51, including the express authorization for CSIS to operate outside the law of foreign countries. And Forcese also points out exactly what the term “lawful” (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Robert Reich discusses how outsized corporate influence in the U.S. has kept the general public from sharing in any nominal economic improvements: The U.S. economy is picking up steam but most Americans aren’t feeling it. By contrast, most European economies are still in bad shape, but most Europeans are doing relatively well.

What’s behind this? Two big facts.

First, American corporations exert far more political influence in the United States than their counterparts exert in their own countries.

In fact, most Americans have no influence at all. That’s the conclusion of (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On component parts

It seems there’s plenty of room for interpretation as to where the Cons’ terror legislation falls on the spectrum from purely political red meat to help their poll position, to a political liability being pushed through for other reasons.

But most of the Cons’ major bills tends to include both. And I’d think it’s worth analyzing how the smaller pieces of C-51 can be broken down between the two in assessing exactly what the Cons are trying to accomplish.

In so doing, let’s keep in mind that if the Cons’ only goal was to be seen introducing legislation of (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Burning question

What exactly do we expect CSIS to do with a possible data dump of every piece of information held by every federal government agency when at last notice, it was struggling to find the capacity to check e-mails for malware?

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Orwellian Anti-Terror Bill C-51 Troubles Privacy Czar

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada warns that Bill C-51, Harper’s proposed new anti-terrorism legislation, would further erode Canadians’ privacy rights.

The post Harper’s Orwellian Anti-Terror Bill C-51 Troubles Privacy Czar appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dead Wild Roses: People are the Weakest Link – Security Camera Madness.

Ask any IT professional about security and you can almost always prepare yourself for a story or three about people using strongly encrypted passwords such as ‘password’ or ‘admin’. Or if it is a particularly good day, helping people understand that encrypted functions exist… Here is story from CBC.ca about how fallible people actually are when it comes to all this new fangled technology.

“Insecam.com, a new website, is broadcasting online private security camera footage from thousands of spots across Canada — all without the knowledge of the people who own and operate the cameras.

Insecam.com has (Read more…)