Civil Liberties


Canada's Unjust War | Apr 25 2015 | Scott Vrooman | Even if the "War on Terror" is in service of a just cause, that doesn’t make it a just war.
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Recognizing the Armenian genocide: Beyond selective memory | Apr 24 2015 | Sedef Arat-Koc | It is interesting that as the Canadian media and politicians call on the Turkish state to recognize the Armenian genocide, they have been silent on other genocides. Why?
Local government responsibility and the right to adequate housing | Apr 24 2015 | George Lessard | UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha on adequate housing - 16th Meeting, 28th Regular Session HR Council
Bill C-51: Week of Education is over. Now what? Here is how to stay tuned in | Apr 24 2015 | Maya Bhullar | In Toronto, join the May Day Rally and March, May 1, Yonge Dundas Sq, 4PM
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Canada's war against ISIS: Road to destruction, not peace | Apr 23 2015 | Paul Weinberg | Canada is participating in a rapidly expanding conflict in Iraq and Syria against an enemy originally nurtured by a supposed ally -- incidentally starting when George Bush was president. Why?
Baird signs Memorandum of Understanding with Israel opposing BDS movement.
Harper government threat to criminalize criticism of Israel generates strong opposition | Apr 22 2015 | Sid Shniad | In the face of mounting intimidation by the Harper government, IJV wrote a widely endorsed statement identifying the tangible threat to criminalize criticism of Israel in Canada.
Photo: flickr/Daily Xtra
Saskatchewan becomes the first province in Canada to fly the transgender flag | Apr 22 2015 | Cory Collins | Symbolic and real acceptance is growing for trans people -- but a need for human rights protections and other challenges are just as visible in 2015.
What has happened to Canada?: Speaking with Omar Khadr from prison | Apr 20 2015 | Aaf Post | The case of Omar Khadr made Aaf Post ask "What had happened to this country with once high standards on human rights?"
George Lakoff: Framing progressive values and language to win the next election | Apr 20 2015 | Victoria Fenner | George Lakoff is a cognitive linguist who says that to win the next election, progressives need to frame their ideas differently. In this lecture he talks about how.
National Day of Action Against Bill C-51: Vancouver rally | Apr 19 2015 | Daniel Tseghay, Mauricio Rivera | These measures are defended on the basis that these are exceptional times and that we are threatened by exceptional entities.
Bill C-51, security certificates, and their shared racist roots | Apr 18 2015 | Daniel Tseghay | Security certificates are not new, having existed in multiple forms for almost 40 years. In them, we find precursors to Bill C-51.
Photo: Randy McDonald/flickr
Toronto Maple Leafs and the joy of hockey | Apr 17 2015 | Rick Salutin | Pro sport is one token of a utopian future, where people don't just get to play but play as if it's life's main activity: where play and work elide.

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Bill C-51, Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 mark_alfred said... I did a search, but couldn't find a forum thread dedicated specifically and solely to Bill C-51 (...
Lawyer gets smeared as 'terrorist' by insane paranoiac testifying to Senate committee jas said... Wanted to tag this with #C-51 but could not find the tag function. in
Stop Secret Police Bill C-51 demo March 14 mark_alfred said... Day of Action on March 14th 2015 against Bill C-51, all across Canada. For information, see https...
Internet privacy mark_alfred said... In the thread, linked...
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...
For Raif Badawi, every moment counts - Amir Khadir, NPD and PQ spokespersons, Amnesty 6079_Smith_W said... Terrible story. Thanks for posting.   in
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Free Mauritanian Biram Dah Abeid and other anti-slavery activists. lagatta said... I'm glad to hear about this. I knew about Mauritania, and the revelations about actual slavery in...
Mulcair and Trudeau on Ottawa shootings and Conservative Terrorism Legislation Unionist said... That same discussion is under way here:


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The union representing 51,000 postal workers is adding its voice to the growing chorus of concerns over Bill C-51, the federal government's sweeping national security bill.

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