Anytime a government wants to hide its errors and illegality, it pulls down the shades of national security confidentiality and refuses to disclose any information. Time and again, the Canadian government's own cries for secrecy have been found to be without substance. Federal court decisions, judicial inquiries into complicity in torture, and various freedom of access to information requests have revealed the extent to which secrecy becomes the convenient way out from having to explain and be held accountable for lousy policy, inhumane actions and sheer incompetence.
The White Paper
Published in 1969, The White Paper was the Trudeau Government’s clumsy attempt to address the systemic inequalities between Indigenous people (referred to as Indians) and Settlers (referred to as Canadians). The proposed plan of action was intended to replace The Indian Act. Instead of actually dealing with problems of entrenched institutionalized racism The White Paper proposed that the government should eliminate the category of “Indian” over a five-year period.
What it meant
The government is trying to push through a set of electronic surveillance laws that will invade your privacy and cost you money. The plan is to force every phone and Internet provider to allow "authorities" to collect the private information of any Canadian, at any time, without a warrant.
Please join us for this event featuring a book launch, viewing of (un)Lawful Access -- a mini-documentary that features some of Canada's leading legal and privacy experts, who explain the dangers of the federal government's impending 'Lawful Access' legislation, dubbed 'Online Spying' by Canadians -- both technical and political panels and questions and further activities.
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Book Launch: The Internet Tree: The State of Telecom Policy in Canada 3.0