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Vic Toews plays wedge politics with Omar Khadr case

Toews had no problem ignoring Canadian courts or agreements made with our American allies about the return of Khadr to this country.

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Canada's treatment of the Tamil refugees is a defining moment

The MV Sun Sea (right) and the impromptu refugee processing centre set up to received 490 Tamils. As seen from across the harbour on the shore of the Esquimalt First Nation after the ship’s arrival on Aug. 13, 2010. Photo: Wongo888/Flickr

Whatever else happens, the MV Sun Sea shall be remembered as having posed a security, immigration and moral dilemma for Canada, depending on who you speak to.

A Thai registered cargo ship, the MV Sun Sea had approximately 500 potential claimants for refugee status, all of whom are of Tamil origin. It originated in Sri Lanka and was denied permission to dock by Thailand and Australia. 

The ship arrived in Canadian waters Friday and was intercepted by armed Canadian military and the RCMP. After health and security officials boarded the ship in Victoria, B.C., the passengers were given medical check-ups; most have been moved to detention centres in the Vancouver area while their refugee claims are being processed. Hearings are due to begin today.


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| December 2, 2014
| November 26, 2013

Vic Toews and torture: A shameful legacy

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On July 8, 2013, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced his resignation from Stephen Harper's government, as well as his departure from politics altogether. He mentioned personal reasons for this move. We still don't know if his torture legacy came back to haunt him, or if the recently publicized American spying program PRISM quietly affected his political career.

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| May 27, 2013

Why is the Canadian government afraid of Omar Khadr speaking?

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About a week ago, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews overruled a decision made by the warden of Millhaven Institution, also known as Guantanamo North, and refused an interview request by the Canadian Press to speak with Omar Khadr over the phone.

This refusal was justified by the Minister's office because of security concerns.

I am still trying to figure out how speaking on the phone from a maximum security prison can pose a threat to Canadians. Does it insinuate that Khadr will speak in encrypted messages to the journalist and to some shadowy accomplices? Or does it mean the interview poses a threat to the intelligence of people?

Civil liberties watchdog files formal complaint against CBSA's use of Reality TV

BCCLA Executive Director Josh Paterson.

Opposition to the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) partnership with a Reality TV series, 'Border Security: Canada's Front Line,' continues to grow in the wake of last week's raids targeting migrant workers at construction sites in the Lower Mainland. 

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association issued the following statement at a press conference in Vancouver Thursday. 


| March 17, 2013
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