Over 88% of the first round of National Security Consultation submissions that mention Bill C-51 support its repeal
A crowdsourced analysis reveals that 88.7% of submissions that mention Bill C-51 support the repeal of the controversial surveillance legislation.
In open letter to PM, top Canadian business leaders identify serious concerns with National Security consultation
Over 60 business leaders warn that proposals under consideration by the federal government will change Canada's business climate for the worse
Our own Victoria Henry argues that Canadians deserve better than Bill C-51 - we deserve our privacy back.
And this is why we need to repeal C-51: Federal Court judgement slams CSIS for violating privacy rights of Canadians
Today’s ruling reinforces the case for a full repeal of Bill C-51 and for stronger accountability and oversight mechanisms
Your OpenMedia team met with top officials at Public Safety Canada about Bill C-51 — and we had lots to say!
We have a busy and exciting week ahead on all of our pillars and we want to make sure our community members are the first to know what’s cooking.
OpenMedia's Executive Director testified at yesterday's C-51 public hearings in Vancouver on behalf of 300,000+ Canadians who have spoken out against the unpopular Harper legislation.
Here's our David Christopher with a preview of tonight's C-51 public consultations in Vancouver. Our Executive Director Laura Tribe will be testifying on behalf of Canadians who want to see this legislation repealed.
It’s important that MPs hear from thousands of Canadians that we need to repeal C-51 and secure strong privacy rules to keep us safe.
We’re meeting with Minister Goodale on C-51, and we want you to make sure your voices are heard: What should we say?
We are meeting in person with Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale to discuss Bill C-51 and we need you to tell us what you want us to say to him. Comment away below!
It’s time for Canada to hold its spy agencies accountable with new framework for oversight and review
OpenMedia has joined civil society organizations from across Canada in a letter to Minister Ralph Goodale about what’s needed to fix our currently deficient oversight model for our spy agencies.
Minister Goodale’s plan to adopt the UK’s model of spy agency oversight leaves a lot of key questions unanswered.
Canada’s Parliament is back in session, and MPs have a number of crucial digital rights issues on their plate
The battle isn't over - we can still kill Bill C-51 and there's more than one way to do it. Make sure to add your voice!
It looks like the government is listening to Canadians when it comes to consulting widely on C-51 and our privacy deficit.
PressProgress: Conservative candidate on C-51: Civil liberties? “Folks, that’s not the country we live in”
Civil liberties protect our personal freedoms. They allow us to express ourselves without fear of interference, they preserve our right to speak, to assemble, to organize, to move around freely and protect our identity. C-51 will limit our civil liberties, and even this Conservative candidate said so. Let's stop this before it's too late! Speak out and spread the word to #KillC51 KillC51.ca Article by Press Progress What country do Canadians live in then?
The ongoing work of Professors Kent Roach and Craig Forcese on C-51 provides the most exhaustive analysis of the bill and is a must-read for anyone concerned with the issue. Article by Kent Roach and Craig Forcese for the National Post Security issues are a campaign issue — at least we think they are. To date, little has actually been said on the topic, and what has been said amounts to the parties doubling down on entrenched and vague (even symbolic) positions.
Conservatives offered a deal with the National Firearms Association to quiet C-51 dissent, and then broke their promise. Article by Laura Payton for Maclean's The president of the National Firearms Association says the Conservative government offered to make changes to its gun licensing bill if the NFA held its fire on the controversial bill C-51, then reneged on the agreement.
Here's why our privacy is so important to us. If you value yours, keep speaking up to repeal C-51 at KillC51.ca Article by Kaitlyn Simpson for The Varsity The year is 2011: Edward Snowden has just come forth with a shocking disclosure regarding the United States National Security Agency’s invasive and secretive practices. The initial media storm gradually grew into a serious and thoughtful conversation about what privacy means in our technological age — naturally, some were outraged, while others felt it was justified.
This election, we need to put privacy front and centre to ensure every Canadian has surveillance-free Internet. Sign our pro-Internet vote pledge today. Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star Canada’s controversial anti-terrorism bill, Bill C-51, has emerged as a key talking point in the current election campaign. Pointing to its big implications for privacy and surveillance, the NDP sees political opportunity by emphasizing its opposition to the bill, while the Liberals have been forced to defend their decision to support it (but call for amendments if elected). The Conservatives unsurprisingly view the bill as evidence of their commitment to national security and have even floated the possibility of additional anti-terror measures.
Looks like the Liberal Party voted for a bill they're not even sure is constitutional... Article by the Canadian Press at the Toronto Star BROSSARD, QUE. — Justin Trudeau won’t say if Bill C-51 — the controversial anti-terror bill introduced by the Conservatives — is constitutional, even though the Liberals backed it in Parliament.
Most Canadians do not want to give up their privacy rights. This election, will you vote for online privacy? Pledge your vote at OurDigitalFuture.ca Article by Kevin Grandia for Common Sense Canadian While you are out this weekend enjoying the last days of summer on the beach and the RCMP come by to check whether your cooler is full of (gasp) beer or wine, you have every right to tell them (I would suggest politely) that no, they cannot look in your cooler.
National Post: Public servant being investigated for writing and performing anti-Tory ‘Harperman’ song
An Ottawa federal scientist’s job is in danger after he recorded a song speaking out against the government’s politics of fear. Article by Kathryn May, Post Media News at the National Post An Ottawa federal scientist is being investigated for breaching the public service’s ethics code for writing and performing a highly political protest song to get rid of the Harper government.
Despite Canadians' insistence that government agencies should require a search warrant to access citizens' personal information, the government is now considering doing the exact opposite. Speak up for our privacy now at KillC51.ca Article by Jim Bronksill for the Canadian Press OTTAWA - A new administrative scheme that would allow police to obtain basic information about Internet subscribers without a warrant is one option being considered by federal officials following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that curbed access to such data, Canadian police chiefs say. The glimpse into federal deliberations about how to address the highly influential court decision comes in a newly published background document from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, which is urging the government to fill the legislative gap.
Gun lobbyists and conservative Sheldon Clarke also opposes C-51. Speak out now to get this legislation repealed at KillC51.ca Article by Charelle Evelyn for the Prince George Citizen Sheldon Clare touted himself as a "hardware-store conservative" on Tuesday in announcing his run as an independent candidate for Cariboo-Prince George in October's federal election.
After some serious campaigning from our incredible OpenMedia community, the “Great Canadian Petition Drive to Kill C-51” is complete — and we have our top spots! Congratulations to our top three leaders, each taking home an awesome pro-privacy prize pack: Ben Kendrick David Butz Peter Benton Ben Kendrick took a strong lead in this competition right from the start, eventually taking the proverbial cake with an astonishing number of shares — well over 1000, and still counting!
Amira Elghawaby from NCCM highlights even more ways that C-51 violates our rights. Stand up against this reckless legislation at KillC51.ca Article by Amira Elghawaby for the Ottaza Citizen Who pays the price for a highly-secretive security regime intended to protect North Americans who travel by air?
Yes, it’s just about that time again: election season! Rumours speculate that the federal election may be called as early as this Sunday. And if the OpenMedia community (alongside a broad-based coalition of civil society organizations, businesses, and empassioned Internet users across the country), has anything to do with it — Bill C-51 and privacy will be the key issues we have our politicians talking about this fall. But before we head into what is sure to be an exciting election season, we wanted to take a look back on just how far we've come. Right from the start, the OpenMedia community has been leading the way in the fight against C-51. The way that this campaign has grown and escalated over the past few months is beyond what we had ever imagined.
Would liking a page or an article about blacklivesmatter on your social profile get you tracked by the RCMP, looking for other "subversive" materials? Does sharing content about social equality make you an activist? Subversive? A target of the RCMP? And what's next, under C-51... ? Article by Laurent Bastien Corbeil for the Toronto Star Has a waddle of penguins ever “liked” your Facebook page? If so, your account may have been monitored by the RCMP.
This morning, the UN Human Rights Committee said Bill C-51 could run afoul of the international covenant on civil and political rights. This reckless legislation lacks legitimacy and we need to get it repealed! Speak out at KillC51.ca Article by the Canadian Press published at the Globe and Mail
Less than 100 days away from the election, this debate is already having a major impact on the opinion polls - and any party leader who wants to be the next PM had better get onside with what Canadians want. Speak out now to get C-51 repealed at KillC51.ca Article by Steve Sullivan for iPolitics
After a whirlwind of mockery on social media, MP Wai Young back-pedalled on some parts of her C-51 sermon... Article by Jeremy J. Nuttall for The Tyee Vancouver South MP Wai Young has apologized for one part of a controversial speech to a B.C. congregation, a talk that included a likening of her Conservative party to Jesus Christ.
Before Bill C-51, CSIS shared information with other federal agencies - but they needed the Public Safety Minister's permission. C-51 removes political oversight, giving CSIS access to 16 other agencies information about you without even needing to ask. Speak out now to get the bill repealed at KillC51.ca Article by Alex Boutillier for the Toronto Star
Now we learn that even CSIS didn’t want the extreme privacy-undermining measures in Bill C-51. Speak out at KillC51.ca Article by CBC News The Conservative government alarmed privacy advocates by overhauling the law to give Canada's spy agency easier access to federal data, even though the spies themselves said greater information-sharing could be done under existing laws, newly released documents show.
The list of Liberal candidates and supporters who "cannot abide the support for C-51" is growing rapidly. Who will be next? Article by Mia Rabson for Winnipeg Free Press OTTAWA – A former Liberal candidate and party organizer from Winnipeg has torn up his Liberal membership card because the party voted in favour of the anti-terrorism legislation.
On Thursday afternoon Bill C-51 received Royal Assent and is now in force. Let's keep building opposition to C-51 until the election and then let's get it repealed: KillC51.ca Article by Hadyn Watters for CBC Bill C-51, the Conservatives' anti-terror legislation, received royal assent Thursday afternoon and is now law.
We want a Prime Minister who cares about our civil liberties. We need Trudeau and all party leaders to repeal reckless Bill C-51! Tell them to do so at KillC51.ca Article by Jeremy J. Nuttall for The Tyee Justin Trudeau will have to do more than pledge to fix what he calls a broken Ottawa to win back would-be supporters, say opponents of the recently-passed Anti-Terrorism Act.
Experienced crime victims’ advocate Steve Sullivan on the open letter signed by conservative groups against Bill C-51, and how fear is the fuel that keeps Harper's government going. Keep speaking out Canada! It's never too late: StopC51.ca Article by Steve Sullivan Things are not going Stephen Harper's way. People aren't as scared as they used to be -- and fear is the fuel that keeps his government going.
Dozens of community events are taking place across Canada this Saturday May 30 to #RejectFear and #StopC51
Just a few days before the final vote on Bill C-51, everyday Canadians want to take a stand against this reckless, dangerous and ineffective bill. That’s why dozens of community-organized events are taking place across Canada tomorrow (Saturday), in the third round of nationwide protests. They range from rallies taking place in a number of major cities, to smaller outreach events and petition drives. Many of these are planned as intimate local events, as Canadians reach out to their neighbours and local communities to warn them about how this legislation will affect our everyday lives.