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Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Afghanistan in 2009, enjoying a Tim Hortons cof
| April 20, 2015
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| April 7, 2015

How Canada lets people get tortured

Guantanamo Diary

by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
(Little, Brown and Company,
2015;
$32.00)

Following December's release of the U.S. Senate report on American complicity in torture, Prime Minister Stephen Harper quickly declared, "It has nothing to do whatsoever with the government of Canada." Despite the CIA's close relationship with Canadian state security agencies, as well as two judicial inquiries finding Ottawa complicit in the torture of Canadian citizens in Syria and Egypt, Harper preferred to ignore the facts.   

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Bill C-51 a threat to all Canadians

March 30, 2015
| The Harper government has been forced to respond to the outcry about Bill C-51 and propose a handful of amendments. But the changes won't satisfy the concerns of the BC Civil Liberties Association.
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Open letter: Four key reasons why we oppose Bill C-51

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We are lawyers, activists, academics, and others who are gravely concerned about Bill C-51, which introduces national security-related amendments to several Canadian laws. We oppose the Bill, because it is overbroad, grants unchecked powers to government agencies, and allows for the unqualified infringements on the rights of people in Canada.

Some key deficiencies in Bill C-51 include:

1. Its overbroad definition of "threats"

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March 23, 2015 |
Is there a need to create a broad and vague definition of terrorism that police and CSIS may one day use to label organizations a "criminal threat" to Canada's economy or "infrastructure?"
Chris Alexander
| March 16, 2015

Bill C-51 solidifies Harper's attitude towards activists

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Canada's Harper régime has invented the new crime of being a member of an "anti-Canadian petroleum movement," and equating such a stance with terrorism. Evidently believing it is in danger of losing the fight against pipeline projects intended to speed up Alberta tar sands production, its response is to place environmentalists under surveillance.

A secret report prepared by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police claims that public activism against the problems caused by oil and gas extraction is a growing and violent threat to Canada's national security. The report goes so far as to challenge the very idea that human activity is causing global warming or that global warming is even a problem.

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Exclusive: Chris Hedges on Bill C-51 and the corporate state

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This weekend, protests were held in communities across Canada to protest Bill C-51, a bill that would increase powers for CSIS.

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Protest continues: All the rabble news about Bill C-51

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Keeping up with the Canada-wide protests of Bill C-51? You've come to the right place. Read on for your list of "must reads" on Bill C-51, petitions, and for a curated Twitter feed rounding up all the action from the protests on Saturday.

Bill C-51 will give CSIS new powers to disrupt activities that potentially "threaten the government", and give the government of Canada new powers of surveillance. Many see it as another step toward silencing all forms of dissent in Canada. This weekend, there are protests scheduled across Canada to display opposition to Bill C-51. Click here to see a full list of emerging protests from our friends at LeadNow.ca

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