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Opposition objections to 'anti-terror' bill go far beyond lack of oversight | Feb 26 2015 | Karl Nerenberg | Much of the media has tended to reduce the opposition critique of Bill C-51 to one thing: the need for better oversight. But all opposition parties, including the Liberals, share many other concerns.
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Political activist Ken Stone takes CSIS to task for alleged harassment | Feb 25 2015 | Paul Weinberg | What is it like to be targeted by CSIS? Activist Ken Stone knows firsthand, and he's launched a formal complaint.
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Harper's anti-terror law will turn Canada into a police state | Feb 24 2015 | Elizabeth May | Bill C-51 is currently being rushed through the House with only the Green Party and the NDP opposing it. Yet its consequences for Canadians are as vast and far-reaching as they are dire.
A Canadian in Paris: Hassan Diab's indefinite jail journey | Feb 23 2015 | Matthew Behrens | The long-running extradition saga of Dr. Hassan Diab -- sought by French authorities for a 1980 crime he did not commit -- took a dramatic turn when the Supreme Court refused to hear his final appeal.
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Vancouver Transit Police end agreement with CBSA | Feb 23 2015 | H.G. Hamilton | The Transportation not Deportation campaign is celebrating a huge victory after Vancouver's transit police annouced it was ending the agreement with CBSA.
Ban on physician-assisted dying struck down by Canada's top court | Feb 22 2015 | Redeye Collective | In 1993 Sue Rodriguez took her fight for the right to end her own life to Canada's highest court and lost. Twenty-two years later, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favour of assisted dying.
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Three disastrous privacy consequences of Bill C-51 | Feb 20 2015 | Michael Geist | The Conservatives and Liberals seems content to stick to breezy talking points instead of working towards an actual solution to provide better safeguards against security threats.
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NDP resists Harper's 'anti-terror' bill. Liberals denounce it, but will vote for it! | Feb 19 2015 | Karl Nerenberg | The NDP's Mulcair says the overly broad wording of Bill C-51 threatens the right of peaceful protest and dissent. The Liberals' Trudeau agrees, but his party will vote for C-51 anyway.
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RCMP sees 'anti-petroleum' movement as a threat | Feb 19 2015 | Brent Patterson | The RCMP has labelled the "anti-petroleum" movement as a growing threat to Canada's security, raising fears among environmentalists that they face increased surveillance, and possibly worse.
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Was Ottawa 'terror' arrest timed to support repressive new legislation? | Feb 18 2015 | Matthew Behrens | When the RCMP announced an Ottawa anti-terrorism arrest this month, the timing could not have been better for a federal government that appears to thrive on national security hysteria.
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Harper does little to help Canadians like Mohamed Fahmy | Feb 18 2015 | Stephen Kimber | The case of Mohamed Fahmy is not the first time the Harper government -- advancing ideological agendas or demonstrating diplomatic deafness -- has left Canadians to the mercies of foreign governments.
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Troubled times ahead with new anti-terror legislation | Feb 16 2015 | Matthew Behrens | Bill C-51 grants new powers to already hyperactive state security agencies, and baits as "soft on terror" anyone who questions the bill's necessity. Here is a primer on key provisions in the bill.

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Connection between C-51 and Aboriginal and labour rights KenS said... There is quite a bit of discussion of this in aboriginal-oriented Facebook groups (and presumably...
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Mulcair and Trudeau on Ottawa shootings and Conservative Terrorism Legislation Unionist said... That same discussion is under way here:
Ottawa shooting plays into Harper's National Security Agenda Slumberjack said... Quote:We cannot be silent. These days you never know what categories of dissent are being...
B.C. Law Society votes against Trinity Western kropotkin1951 said... I attended the satellite meeting in Nanaimo to register my vote. Quote: On June 10, 2014, the...
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