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.
It's rare in Canadian politics to see intense public interest in government legislative proposals -- let alone to see Canadians take to the streets in the tens of thousands to protest a piece of legislation by name.
Yet that's exactly what has happened in the case of Bill C-51, which critics, including The Globe and Mail's editorial team, say will undermine basic democratic values and lead to the creation of a "secret police force" in Canada.
Ontario First Nations join with hundreds of thousands to speak out about Bill C-51, and they have strong reasons to do so.
The federal government’s new anti-terror legislation, Bill C-51, introduces broad new definitions of what constitutes a threat to the country – definitions that could make Aboriginal Peoples targets of Canadian intelligence agents. Read more »
Your news links for today:
- Bill C-51 Might Be Passed Next Week - Press For Truth
- Ontario aboriginal groups fear Bill C-51 will turn protests into terrorism - The Agenda
- FBI replies to Stingray Freedom of Information request with 5,000 blank pages - Boing Boing
- SOPA Lives On For the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition - EFF
- Working to Stop Rewriting Copyright Laws via TPP Treaty - Internet Archive
- MPAA Funds Pro-Copyright Scholars to Influence Politics - TorrentFreak
- Hollywood Urged Cameron to Keep DVD Ripping Illegal - TorrentFreak
- Entire broadband industry seeks immediate halt to Title II classification - Ars Technica
- Tom Wheeler accuses Republicans in Congress of trying to cripple FCC - Ars Technica
- Canadian Government Plans to Auction Additional Wireless Spectrum Licences This Summer - iPhone in Canada
- So you can no longer watch news clips on CTVnews.com without a TV subscription - reddit
Commons to vote on ‘secret police’ bill C-51 as early as Tuesday after over 205,000 Canadians have spoken out online
May 4, 2015: The House of Commons will debate the government’s Bill C-51 today, and a final Commons vote on the unpopular legislation could be held as early as tomorrow evening or Wednesday morning. The government are using a time allocation motion to force the Bill through the Commons, cutting short debate and denying MPs the ability to respond to the serious concerns raised by experts during Committee hearings.
Opponents of the Bill are intensifying their efforts to urge MPs to listen to Canadians and reject the controversial legislation. MPs have already been inundated with tens of thousands of letters, phone calls, emails, and tweets in recent weeks. Over 205,000 people have now signed the StopC51.ca petition, making this one of the largest campaigns in Canadian history.
In addition to citizens, experts, the government’s own privacy commissioner, conservative voters; business leaders across the country have sent an open letter to the government to relay their concerns about the bill. According to opinion polls, 56% of Canadians now oppose the Bill with just 33% in favour.
This just in: It looks like we’re down to the last few days for Bill C-51 in the House of Commons. The House is due to hold a Report Stage debate on the Bill on Monday, a vote to move it to Third Reading on Monday evening, a Third Reading debate on Tuesday, and we’re hearing that the final Commons vote could happen as early as Tuesday evening.
This is, of course, a ridiculously short amount of time for MPs to properly consider all the implications of this Bill, which experts say will shred our Charter rights, undermine our privacy, and transform the Canadian Security Intelligence Service into what The Globe and Mail has called a “Secret Police force”.
If it passes the House of Commons on Tuesday, the Bill will next go to the Senate, where the government could force it through in just a few weeks. Sadly, at every turn of this debate the government has tried to sideline Canadians’ voices, ignore expert advice, and ride roughshod over opposition concerns.
The continued failure to reform our outdated Access to Information Act has led to a backlogged, inefficient system for accessing public information, seriously infringing the public’s collective right to know. Policies prohibiting federal scientists from speaking about their research are preventing Canadians from having detailed, reliable information about our environment.
Most recently, Bill C-51 poses a serious threat to free expression through its expansion of digital surveillance. This legislation will give Canadian security agencies the unjustifiable ability to spy on individuals who have done nothing wrong, without creating any additional accountability, oversight, or justification that these measures are necessary or effective.
These are the missing stories from the 301 Blacklist, a U.S. report that bullies other countries to push them into adopting more extreme intellectual property laws. Check it out!
Article by EFF
Every year, the United States publishes a report on countries that, in the opinion of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), fail to give “adequate and effective” protection to U.S. holders of intellectual property rights. This Special 301 Report names and shames nations that do not meet a vague and impossibly high standard of IP enforcement, and implies that the U.S. and its trade partners should punish them for failing to enact more draconian copyright, patent, and trademark restrictions.
The government appears to be making the final changes on intellectual property so it can get green light join the TPP block.
Article by Justin Ling for National
One small change for Canadian copyright law, one giant leap for ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
As negotiations on the multilateral TPP deal have inched forward in fits and starts, Ottawa appears to be making the final tweaks on its end required before it can join the trading block. In a surprise announcement, the Canadian Government revealed in its April budget that copyright protections for live records would be significantly extended.
Your news links for today:
- CRTC to announce wholesale wireless decision on May 5th - Mobile Syrup
- Mobilicity has 157,000 subscribers, asks judge for another stay until August 31st - Mobile Syrup
- Canada's New Cyberbullying Law Is Targeting Teen Sexting Gone Awry - VICE News
- Dark Secrets Inside The NSA Revealed - INFOWARS on YouTube
- FBI slammed on Capitol Hill for 'stupid' ideas about encryption - Daily Dot
- Encryption backdoors are like TSA luggage-locks for the Internet - Boing Boing
- Grooveshark Shuts Down & Apologizes to the RIAA - TorrentFreak
- Intellectual property: More changes to come? - National Magazine
- Dear Tom Wheeler: I'm Sorry I Thought You Were A Mindless Cable Shill - Techdirt
Thanks to a lot of hard work from our friends at CIPPIC, and our friends at CJFE, we've pulled together a new Primer about the impacts of Bill C-51. It's a really detailed and accessible resource that we can point people toward who want to learn more about how Bill C-51 will impact our society, and our rights and freedoms. Read more »
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