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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Let’s not sacrifice freedom out of fear

Harper government can’t silence activists by labeling them “extremists”, creating police-state legislation such as Bill C-51, argues renowned scientist David Suzuki.

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The Canadian Progressive: RCMP stonewalled requests for subscriber data collected

U of Ottawa professor and Internet law expert, Michael Geist, on the RCMP’s “inaccurate and incomplete” response to requests for telecom subscriber data collected.

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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Janine Berg writes about the need for strong public policy to counter the trend of growing inequality. And Gillian White traces the ever-increasing divergence between worker productivity and wages in an interview with Jan Rivkin: White: Some say that the decrease of collective bargaining has played a role in creating the gap, how true do you think that is?

Rivkin: There are a number of causes, one is the underlying shift in technology and globalization. Another is systematic underinvestment in the commons, which is a set of shared resources that every business needs (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Pony Express Government

CSE has undertaken a domestic spy operation that is illegal in Canada, because it’s spying on communication of Canadian citizens. CSE is supposed to only spy on foreigners, and the Commissioner overseeing the signals intelligence agency is supposed to put a stop to any overstepping of that mandate. Something clearly has gone awry in a grave way.

PONY EXPRESS should not exist in Canada nor should every (paper) letter mailed by Canadians be photographed, as the US is doing. Claiming the mandate CSE has to protect government computers overrides its restriction on conducting a mass surveillance operation of Canadians’ (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: C-51 Being Pushed by “Fascist” language

A former Mountie and CSIS operative thinks Harper’s so called anti-terrorism bill is scary and unnecessary.

Mr. Lavigne, 55, left government in 1999, but follows intelligence news closely.

He spent years tracking dangerous radicals without the powers the government wants to give to CSIS.

“I find it a little convenient that in the past few years that these radicalized people are the biggest threat to ever hit us,” he said. “There are more people dying because of drunk drivers or because of gang violence.”

(-link added by me)

Mr. Lavigne said the prime minister’s advisers must tell him that (Read more…)

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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Bill Longstaff: Where is the outrage about the RCMP’s witch-hunt?

At one time I instinctively assumed that government agencies were apolitical, servants of the people, not the servants of any particular philosophy or party. That, it increasingly seems, was the good old days. Recently I, like many others, have the distinct impression that the Canada Revenue Agency, for example, is serving the political interests of the Conservative government. Its focus on

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta Politics Round-Up: Redford and the Opposition

An investigation into former Premier Alison Redford‘s use of government airplanes has been closed and no charges will be laid, the RCMP announced yesterday. In 2014, Premier Dave Hancock and Justice Minister Jonathan Denis asked the RCMP to investigate findings made… Continue Reading →

Politics and its Discontents: Harperian Hypocrisy: The Family Values Regime Disappoints Yet Again

While the Harper regime always touts itself as a government that stands up for family vlaues, evidence once more indicates this is little more than rhetoric and rank hypocrisy, aided and abetted by an almost completely politicized RCMP.

The CBC reports RCMP have been holding back millions of dollars from the force’s vaunted program to fight online child pornography, partly to help the Harper government pay down the federal deficit.

CBC News has learned that over a five-year period, Canada’s national police force Mounties withheld some $10 million in funds earmarked for its National Child Exploitation Co-ordination Centre and related (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Jeffrey Sparshott discusses new research into how automation stands to displace workers and exacerbate inequality, while a House of Lords committee finds that 35% of the current jobs in the UK could fall prey to exactly that process. And Szu Ping Chan reports on Andy Haldane’s warning that a vicious cycle could prove disastrous for everybody: Mr Haldane warned that robots could soon replace workers en-masse.

“Intelligent robots could substitute for lower-skilled tasks. If the capacity of the machine brain approached, or surpassed, the human brain, higher-skilled jobs could also be at (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: “Anti-Petroleum” RCMP Explodes Gasoline In Their Cars’ Engines

RCMP called ‘anti-petroleum’ critics (aka anyone concerned about climate change) a potential security threat http://t.co/sollGvyhdB #cdnpoli

— Keith Stewart (@climatekeith) February 18, 2015

The RCMP have displayed Climate Change Denial symptoms. This is bad for Canada, because if the police tasked with interfering in climate change related activism do not understand the science that drives the determined actions of peaceful activists, then they’re more likely to act against protesters without a measure of human sympathy.

@climatekeith @JohnKleinRegina Like these "dangerous" people:) pic.twitter.com/wZ71TpEu2n

— margaret resin (@margaretresin) February 18, 2015

Remember that RCMP bombed an oil installation just (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Black Helicopters

It was a chilling moment in Question Period yesterday, that should raise questions about whether Stephen Harper is still mentally fit to govern, and whether we are already living in a police state.The moment when Tom Mulcair asked him whether his totalitarian bill C-51 could be used to spy against his enemies, and he replied by accusing the NDP of being a "black helicopter fleet."Even though it was a very good question, and his sinister black helicopters are already threatening our democracy. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: And For Those Who Think Bill C-51 Is A Good Thing

Think again. The RCMP has labelled the “anti-petroleum” movement as a growing and violent threat to Canada’s security, raising fears among environmentalists that they face increased surveillance, and possibly worse, under the Harper government’s new terrorism legislation.

In highly charged language that reflects the government’s hostility toward environmental activists, an RCMP intelligence assessment warns that foreign-funded groups are bent on blocking oil sands expansion and pipeline construction, and that the extremists in the movement are willing to resort to violence.

The report, dated January 24, 2014, was obtained by Greenpeace and uses the kind of language one would expect from (Read more…)

ParliamANT Hill: Terrorism suspects ‘probably’ on RCMP’s list, public safety minister says

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/steven-blaney-says-arrests-of-terrorism-suspects-reinforce-how-secure-we-can-feel-1.2900419

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: RCMP Pursuing A Relationship

Cop constructively abducts Native woman in Canada <~ media calls it "Pursuing a Relationship" FU pic.twitter.com/tdHy8daYKg

— lastrealindians.com (@lastrealindians) January 9, 2015

RCMP officers don’t possess good sense given to every other human being, apparently.

Montreal Simon: The Robocall Scandal and the Monstrous Con Conspiracy

If you remember that the judge who sentenced Michael Sona to nine months in jail, for his role in the robocall scandal, said he didn't believe the former Con operative had acted alone.And that during the trial, the Crown's star witness Andrew Prescott suggested that Sona's former boss was involved. And you remember that another judge, in another robocall case that went nowhere, also suggested it was a conspiracy.You might think that Elections Canada would keep trying to crack the case. But if you did you'd be wrong.Read more »

drive-by planet: RCMP backtracking on release of video by Ottawa shooter Zehaf-Bibeau reeks of political influence

After we were told the video made by Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau would be made available to the public, the RCMP has changed its mind, or had it changed for them. RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson wasn’t exactly clear on the specifics. He said there may be a release of “some aspects of a transcript of the video”… whatever that means.

Given the terrorist narrative favored by the government and also by the police, how can the public be sure that ‘aspects of the transcript’ aren’t cherry picked to reenforce the preferred narrative. Surely the honest and transparent thing to do (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Ottawa puppet masters

Montreal Simon: The Parliament Hill Shooting: What is the RCMP Hiding?

Almost as soon as the shooting stopped, and not long after he emerged from his closet, Stephen Harper declared that Canada was under attack by the dark forces of ISIS.And starting calling the dead gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, an ISIS terrorist. Even though he was a mentally ill crack addict.And a few days later the RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson claimed the RCMP had a video that showed that Zehaf-Bibeau had acted for ideological motives.

But now it turns out we may never see that video, and as Tim Harper points out, that's a real threat to our democracy. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Many Burnaby Mountain arrests may have been illegitimate, says BCCLA

The BC Civil Liberties Association says the recent RCMP arrests on Burnaby Mountain, and the civil contempt charges laid, “could be found illegitimate.”

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Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Tough on Kinder Morgan, Corrigan & Robertson My Kind of Mayors

Rafe Mair stands with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Derrik Corrigan fighting for land use jurisdictional authority against Kinder Morgan and the Prime Minister Harper’s Federal Government.

Kinder Morgan’s plans are to dramatically increase the flow of bitumen that they wish to ship from the Alberta Tar Sands to Burnaby and then through Vancouver’s harbour on tankers headed to China.

The 100 plus protestors standing in defiance against Kinder Morgan’s drilling in Burnaby Mountain parkland continue to be arrested by RCMP. The arrests tally 53 plus and that number is growing.

They are to be congratulated and supported. They are (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Susan Bibeau: Ottawa shooter’s mother speaks

Susan Bibeau, the mother of Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, says her son was not a terrorist but “felt cornered” and “acted in despair.”

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Things that raise alarm bells #nlpoli

As it becomes more clear that the two recent murders of Canadian soldiers had less to do with terrorism and more to do with people who are otherwise screwed up, the RCMP commissioner issues a media statement claiming the police have a video that links one murder to “ideological and political motives.”

But they can’t release the video and may never release it.

Right.

(Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Parliament Hill Shooting: Statement by Ottawa Police Service

Here’s the Ottawa Police Service’s statement on today’s shootings at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: RCMP Fails to help Member; He Dies

The Mountie made famous last year by the media and the RCMP for being punished while smoking medicinal marijuana while in uniform, has died of an undisclosed cause. He was facing sentencing for charges in the fallout of the scandal last year.