#StopC51 campaigners vow to keep up the fight, after government uses majority to ram unpopular legislation through Commons after just two days of debate
May 5, 2015: Privacy campaigners are vowing to keep up the fight against Bill C-51, after the government forced the unpopular spying Bill through the House of Commons. Conservative and Liberal MPs voted in favour, while 96 MPs from the NDP and the Green Party voted against. The Bill, opposed by 56% of Canadians and supported by just 33%, now moves on to the Senate.
Community-based OpenMedia, one of the groups leading the #StopC51 fight against the Bill, says the legislation will greatly exacerbate Canada’s privacy deficit, and that, if passed by the Senate, will become a major election issue. In the coming weeks, the citizen-backed group will launch a comprehensive pro-privacy action plan, based on ideas crowdsourced from Canadians, aimed at addressing Canada’s growing privacy deficit.
“The government and the Liberals may think today marks the end of this matter, but passing this reckless legislation will be an albatross around their neck moving into the election,” said OpenMedia’s communications manager David Christopher. “We hope the Senate will regain some of their lost legitimacy by killing this bill.”
This just in from Ottawa: The government have ignored Canadians and used their parliamentary majority to force Bill C-51 through the House of Commons. Despite massive opposition from hundreds of thousands of everyday Canadians and the country’s top privacy experts, the reckless Bill is a step closer to become the law of the land.
Here’s who sided with Canadians: 96 MPs from the NDP and the Green Party. Thanks to each and every one of them for doing the right thing and voting down this Bill. Sadly, Conservative and the Liberal MPs teamed up to force it through - and we won’t let them forget it come October’s election.
May 6, 2015 – A large network of over 50 organizations from 21 countries is coming together to “Save The Link”. Today, the network is launching a multilingual international campaign aimed at pushing back against efforts by powerful media conglomerates to censor links and stifle free expression on the Internet. One of the proposals being advanced could make users personally liable for the content of websites they link to online.
The campaign launches as legislators in the EU are considering a major copyright review, including amendments to the European Union’s Copyright Directive that experts say would fundamentally undermine the right to link. In addition, a recent leak from the European Commission reveals measures that could force online companies to monitor the activities of Internet users in order to block content in other countries.
In tandem with the launch of the campaign, organizers have set up a Thunderclap social media amplification tool demanding that legislators protect the right to link. The message will reach over 1.4 million people.
We ain't giving up this fight, and we are going to keep it up all the way through to the October election if that's what it takes. You have only a few more hours to tell your MP to vote against reckless, dangerous an ineffective Bill C-51. Speak out: https://stopc51.ca/?src=blg
Article by Stefania Steccia for Vancouver 24hs
B.C. experts say the impact of the federal anti-terrorism bill spells a significant loss of privacy rights for everyone, and it’s getting voted on this week before heading to the Senate for final approval.
Your news links for today:
- CRTC to set roaming rates national carriers charge competitors - Globe and Mail
- CRTC to force Rogers, Telus and Bell to charge less for domestic roaming - Mobile Syrup
- The CRTC Knows Best: Why the Wireless Decision Doesn’t Go Far Enough - Michael Geist
- Competition Bureau Clears GLENTEL Sale to Bell, Along with 50% Sale to Rogers - iPhone in Canada
- Final House of Commons C-51 vote pushed to Wednesday - iPolitics
- Bill C-51: Soon to be law, and as murky as ever - Globe and Mail
- Nathan Cullen takes down Harper's spy bill C-51 - YouTube
- Canadian Media State - Where's the Coverage on C-51? - Imgur
Lobbyists for old media conglomerates have a plan to censor links across the Internet.
The new regulations envisioned in this scheme aim to restrict our right to link to content and services of our choosing. If these new censorship powers are put into place it will fundamentally change the Web. Read more »
In a win for Canadians, CRTC promises fair rules to promote greater choice and affordability in our mobile phone market
New rules from regulator ensures Canadians will have choices outside the Big Three leading to lower phone bills and more flexible offerings in the not-too-distant future.
May 5, 2015 – A major ruling from the CRTC today signals a significant step toward providing Canadians with greater choice and affordability in our mobile phone and Internet market. Community-based group OpenMedia, which intervened in the hearing, is hailing the decision as a win for people across the country, who have been paying some of the highest prices in the industrialized world. However the CRTC could have gone further by facilitating innovation through new market entrants, such as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).
We are speaking out as much as we can to make sure your voice is heard: Bill C-51 will recklessly endanger our rights and our privacy. Here's another great coverage thanks to your support. Keep speaking up at StopC51.ca before it is too late.
Article by Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams
Canada's House of Commons on Tuesday is poised to pass Bill C-51, a so-called "anti-terror" law, despite widespread outcry from civil liberties advocates who say the legislation would allow law enforcement to spy on civilians and violate Canadians' constitutional rights with little or no accountability.
Your news links for today:
- Canada poised to pass anti-terror legislation despite widespread outrage - The Guardian
- The FBI wants us to have computer security so strong that only they can break in… - The Guardian
- How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text - The Intercept
- Germans, still outraged by NSA spying, learn their country may have helped - Washington Post
- (Australian) Privacy Commissioner rules metadata 'personal', Telstra must hand over personal data to journalist Ben Grubb - ABC News
- CRTC expected to help new entrant carriers - Globe and Mail
- Rogers & Fido Offering Customers Free Data If They Stay with Rogers & Fido - Howard Forums
- Lobbying & Licensing: Behind the Recording Industry’s Campaign to Squeeze Out New Competitors - Michael Geist
- Tom Wheeler's plan for fighting net neutrality lawsuits: 'not to lose' - The Verge
This is it folks - there are now just 24 hours before tomorrow’s FINAL House of Commons vote on Bill C-51.
As the clock ticks down, we need to pull out all the stops to tell MPs to side with Canadians, do the right thing, and vote against this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective legislation.
As the House of Commons debates the government’s Bill C-51, opponents of the Bill are intensifying their efforts to urge MPs to listen to Candians and reject the controversial legislation. One of the most powerful actions Canadians are taking is using our Letter-to-the-Editor tool. This powerful resource allows Canadians to successfully publish dozens of letters in over 30 major Canadian newspapers, an effective and innovative way to speak out against Bill C-51.
The message coming across again and again in newspaper letter pages across Canada is that this reckless bill will undermine our basic democratic rights, and Canadians won't stand it. The more people discover about Bill C-51, the less they like it. That's why writing a letter to your local paper about why you oppose it is so effective.
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