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December 03 2012

surveyork
09:01
In Canada, there is currently a private member's bill C-257 introduced by NDP (recently had its first reading in Parliament) to require mandatory GMO labelling RIGHT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. All Canadians need to show support for this Bill. We need an equivalent Prop 37 marketing campaign! Email Gerry Ritz, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, to express your support of Bill C-257 at: gerry.ritz@parl.gc.ca

November 01 2012

surveyork
04:08

the European Comission and the Member States are still trying to force the adoption of repressive measures that undermine fundamental freedoms, under the cover of trade agreements kept secret. The Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA), the India-EU, Thailand-EU, Moldavia-EU Free Trade Agreements, etc.: all these agreements might include dispositions harmful for Internet users’s rights, access to essential drugs or the use of free software.

It is unacceptable that measures threatening fundamental freedoms be negotiated in total opacity by unelected administrators when these provisions, which go way beyond trade agreements, must be debated in a democratic and transparent way.

surveyork
04:02
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A new report on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) concludes that the agreement's benefits for Nova Scotia are being oversold, while its costs and consequences are minimized or even ignored.
surveyork
03:58
Ottawa (29 Oct. 2012) - Operation Maple has produced a video highlighting the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).  This initiative of the Harper government is not receiving much public attention but its implications should be of concern to all Canadians.
New Operation Maple video - Stop CETA! | National Union of Public and General Employees
surveyork
03:32
In an interview with viEUws, the European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, affirms that Europe wants to close the Canadian-European Trade Agreement (CETA) by the end of this year—which would have been today, since the European calendar year ends on October 31.1 CETA is a trade agreement designed to strengthen economic ties between Canada and the EU through “free” trade and increased investment. However, hidden within this treaty are intellectual property provisions that were essentially taken word-for-word from ACTA. And just like its close cousins, ACTA, KORUS, and TPP—and other trade agreements that are applauded by the entertainment industry for carrying expansive intellectual property provisions—CETA is being negotiated in secret.

October 17 2012

surveyork
16:03
Paris, July 10th 2012 - A leaked version of the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA) contains the worst parts of ACTA. The EU Commission appears to be once again trying to bypass the democratic process in order to impose ruthless repression online. Commissioner De Gucht cannot ignore the decision of the EU Parliament on ACTA. CETA must be cancelled altogether (or its repressive ACTA parts must be scrapped), or face the same fate as ACTA in the Parliament.
CETA, the Zombie ACTA, Must Face the Same Fate | La Quadrature du Net

July 15 2012

surveyork
00:26
The Ministry of the Attorney General plans to investigate a deal struck by a Hamilton Crown prosecutor that allowed a Roman Catholic priest charged with sexual assault to leave the country without facing prosecution.

June 16 2012

surveyork
09:51
CALGARY - The controversial Muslim preacher who says homosexuals are evil and advocates for their death is set to speak at an upcoming event in Calgary.

June 08 2012

surveyork
17:23
Bill C30, the sweeping Canadian warrantless Internet surveillance bill, is back from the dead. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews (who declared that opposition to his bill was tantamount to support for pedophiles) has been working behind the scenes to resurrect his legislation, joining forces with the US government in the name of "perimeter security." This proposed deal would expand the warrantless surveillance to US authorities, who could also access Canadians' private information.
Canada's warrantless surveillance bill is back, and bigger than ever, with surveillance powers for US gov't, too - Boing Boing
surveyork
17:21
The Canadian intellectual property's lead lobby group, the Canadian IP Council (itself a group within the Canadian Chamber of Commerce) released a new policy document yesterday that identifies its legislative priorities for the coming years. Anyone hoping that the SOPA protests, the European backlash against ACTA, and the imminent passage of Bill C-11 might moderate the lobby group demands will be sorely disappointed. Counterfeiting in the Canadian Market: How Do We Stop It? is the most extremist IP policy document ever released in Canada, calling for the implementation of ACTA, SOPA-style rules including website blocking and stopping search results from resolving, liability for advertisers and payment companies, massive surveillance at the border and through delivery channels including searching through individual packages without court oversight, and spending hundreds of millions of tax dollars on private enforcement.
Michael Geist - The IP Lobby's Post-Bill C-11 Playbook: ACTA, SOPA, Warrantless Search and the Criminalization of IP

May 25 2012

surveyork
04:05
After months of unrest, the Quebec legislature passed Bill 78 this past Friday in the hope of “restor[ing] order” to the province. Although the law has an expiration date of July 2013, its “temporary” effects are substantial, according to The Media Co-op. Not only does it place serious restrictions on how people are permitted to picket and heightened consequences for those who do, but it also “suspends” the semester for schools affected by the strike.

May 22 2012

surveyork
20:42
While some attribute the Internet surveillance silence to an attempt to avoid picking sides in the high stakes privacy and security battle, documents obtained under the Access to Information Act offer a different, more troubling explanation. My weekly technology law column notes (Toronto Star version, homepage version) in the months leading up to the introduction Bill C-30, Canada's telecom companies worked actively with government officials to identify key issues and to develop a secret Industry - Government Collaborative Forum on Lawful Access.
Michael Geist - How Canada's Telecom Companies Have Secretly Supported Internet Surveillance Legislation

May 19 2012

surveyork
00:16
OTTAWA: A former Catholic bishop convicted of importing child pornography – including some laced with religious imagery – into Canada has been stripped of his religious duties, the church said Wednesday.

May 06 2012

surveyork
23:08
The United States is making a gigantic investment in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, billed by its advocates as the next -- by their count the fifth -- generation of air-to-air and air-to-ground combat aircraft. Claimed to be near invisible to radar and able to dominate any future battlefield, the F-35 will replace most of the air-combat aircraft in the inventories of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and at least nine foreign allies, and it will be in those inventories for the next 55 years. It's no secret, however, that the program -- the most expensive in American history -- is a calamity. <!-- SHARE BOX -->
surveyork
09:05
OTTAWA — Elections Canada investigators on the trail of the "Pierre Poutine" suspect in the robocalls case have been asking questions about the actions of staff at Conservative party headquarters in Ottawa.
surveyork
09:03

A citizen advocacy group is asking the Federal Court of Canada to overturn election results in seven ridings where telephone dirty tricks may have kept voters away from the polls.

The Council of Canadians says pre-recorded robocalls and live calls influenced the outcome of votes in closely fought races in British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Ontario.

May 05 2012

surveyork
23:57

Elections Canada has just traced illegal phone calls made during the 2011 federal election to a company that worked for the Conservative Party across the country.

The “robocalls” appeared to be designed to stop non-Conservative voters from casting ballots in key ridings by falsely telling voters that the location of their polling stations had changed, causing them to go to the wrong location on election day.1

This news casts doubt on the legitimacy of their majority Government. The Conservatives only narrowly won their majority by 6,201 votes in 14 ridings.2

We need answers and real consequences that lay the foundation for new laws to protect the integrity of Canadian elections.

March 28 2012

surveyork
14:34
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F-35 Jet Fighter Fails - YouTube

June 03 2011

surveyork
23:14
Fifty years ago, in his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned the American public against the “unwarranted influence” of industry and military interests on academic institutions. A close look at this influence within the context of Canadian universities suggests he had good cause to worry.
The Militarization of Canada's Universities | The Mark
surveyork
16:16
The giant computer company Cisco and U.S. prosecutors deceived Canadian authorities and courts in a massive abuse of process to have a former executive thrown in jail, says a B.C. Supreme Court judge.
U.S. used 'unmitigated gall' and B.C. court to jail exec
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