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Peace, order and good government, eh?: Mostly competent government

Stakeholders cry foul as feds cut funding for emergency preparedness

Complaints from provinces, municipalities and fire departments across the country are mounting, as are concerns for public safety, after the federal government ended a 30-year funding program designed to help cover the costs of emergency preparedness.

Among the cuts in the omnibus budget bill, the . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Mostly competent government

Peace, order and good government, eh?: I wonder if Justice McDonald would be pleased

CSIS is back in the news, this time defending a policy of paying surprise visits to people at their places of employment. The particular case described in the current news item involves a woman who had previously been visited by agents at her home on three different occasions. At the end of the third visit, . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: I wonder if Justice McDonald would be pleased

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Monsters

A bit less than a month ago we learned that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews had loosened the rules governing the ability of CSIS to trade in information derived from torture. That was bad enough but it gets worse.

The federal government has given Canada’s spy service the go-ahead to provide information to foreign agencies . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Monsters

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Mostly competent government

How can tabling legislation in the House of Commons without knowing what it actually says be considered competence?

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says he is surprised to learn that a section of the government’s online surveillance bill provides for “exceptional circumstances” under which “any police officer” can request customer information from a telecommunications service . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Mostly competent government

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Leave Vic Toews alooooooone!

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews wants an investigation.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is calling for an investigation into how his divorce records ended up on Twitter.

Toews has been targeted in an online campaign related to the introduction of a surveillance bill which gives authorities easier access to people’s Internet lives.

An investigation by . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Leave Vic Toews alooooooone!