Concerns over secret police Bill C-51 are uniting political opponents.
Article by Tasha Kheiridden for iPolitics
Bill C-51 was supposed to unite conservatives in the latest round of the War on Terror™. Instead, it’s dividing them — both on and off Parliament Hill.
Are your kids missing out?
Article by The CBC
"Knowledge workers are the ones getting the raises, getting the jobs and so forth. There are shortages worldwide in all of these fields. So the education system needs to change, to produce them." - Eric Schmidt, Executive Chair & Former CEO
At Dalhousie elementary school in Winnipeg, a group of students in "Coding Club" get together every week to learn computer programming . As part of our series By Design, we're looking at a push in many schools to redesign programs to make that kind of student activity more common, and maybe even mandatory. Because alongside reading, writing and arithmetic... there are many who would like to add "coding" to the essential skills taught in our schools.
"I just want to say... I found that the comments mentioned a second ago from MP James kind of insinuate that Canadians are not informed and are stupid. I find that really distasteful for a public office holder."
Article by Jeremy J Nuttall
Appearing before the House of Commons public safety committee this week was a disappointing experience, punctuated by one Tory MP's "arrogant and elitist" attitude toward the public, says Vancouver activist Steve Anderson.
March 27, 2015: News that the government will admit up to ten amendments to Bill C-51 has been given a cautious welcome by community-based organization OpenMedia, which is campaigning to scrap the bill. However the amendments will not go anywhere near far enough to address serious concerns about the impact the vaguely written bill will have on Canadians’ privacy and democratic rights.
Responding to the news, OpenMedia’s executive director Steve Anderson said: “I am happy to see the government finally admit that Bill C-51 is flawed, and that they are willing to make amendments. Canadians and experts have been clear that the language in this bill is so vague and poorly written that the government needs to restart the process not tinker around the edges. I’m hopeful that the government will now start to have a meaningful dialogue with Canadians on this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective piece of legislation.”
The team at Mozilla have joined the growing chorus of voices united against secret police Bill C-51. Have you spoken up yet? https://StopC51.ca
Article by PressProgress
Bill C-51 will "undermine user trust, threaten the openness of the web, and reduce the security of the Internet and its users," according to Mozilla, the creator of one of the world's leading web browsers.
Your news links for today:
- Quebec Takes on the Internet: Government Announces Plans to Require Website Blocking & Studies New Internet Access Tax - Michael Geist
- Kevin Crull, the CRTC, and CTV News: Is apology enough? - Canadian Business
- Why the Crull Controversy Is a Symptom of Bell's Bad Bundles Bet - Michael Geist
- C-51 and CSE: Who Knows What Evils Lurk in the Shadows? - OpenCanada.org
- The Harper Government May Have Bullied a Pro-Gun Group into Dropping its C-51 Criticism - VICE Canada
- Harper is losing the argument on C-51 … with Conservatives - iPolitics
- The Coming Nuclear Winter for Wireless Plans in Canada - Open attitude
- Fibre optic cable battle: Smaller players want in on Big 3 networks - CBC News
- Cable Companies Won't Let Cord Cutters Go Without A Fight - Huffington Post
- How The Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions - IPWatch
- TPP leak: states give companies the right to repeal nations' laws - Boing Boing
This morning, the CRTC announced they’ll bring in a new customer protection code for Canadian TV users. While the CRTC has not yet drafted the code, they’re offering a two month consultation period for Canadians to weigh in. You can add your comments here.
Your OpenMedia team welcomes this news, and hopes it will lead to improvements for Canadian telecom subscribers. In addition, the CRTC also announced they’ll have rules to increase the percentage of programs with closed captioning for the hearing impaired. This is great news for many Canadians, and will help keep more of our friends, family, and neighbours connected to what’s happening in our communities.
Under the leadership of Chair Jean Pierre Blais, it looks like they’ve finally started listening to Canadians instead of coddling petulant telecom giants. Of course, this would never have happened without Canadians speaking out, and demanding that the CRTC take notice. After all, it’s not so long ago that the CRTC, then under the chairmanship of Konrad von Finckenstein, told OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson that citizen concerns were out of scope during a crucial hearing on whether Internet access should be metered.
Stephen Harper is trying to ram his Secret Police Bill C-51 through Parliament in the next few weeks - so it's crucial that MPs hear from Canadians.Have you ever written to your MP before? It's a lot easier than you might think - and we’ve made it even more straightforward by creating an easy-to-use tool at: https://StopC51.ca/mpJust enter your postal code, type in your letter (we’ve even suggested some points you may wish to raise), and our tool will send your letter automatically to your local Member of Parliament.This is a powerful way to speak out - MPs take seriously the voices of their local constituents, all the more so in an election year.It looks like MPs could have their final vote on this legislation in the next few weeks - so it’s never been more important to speak out. Write to your MP today and tell them to side with Canadians and vote down this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective bill.Keep speaking up, Canada!
Your news links for today:
- Bell Media president Kevin Crull apologizes for 'intrusion' into CTV's CRTC coverage - CBC News
- Can CTV News and BNN be trusted to report on themselves? Depends on Kevin Crull’s mood - Fagstein
- Bell censorship: the status quo can't endure - AlphaBeatic
- Cord Cutting Denier Nielsen To Begin Tracking Netflix Streaming - DSL Reports
- 'You're Playing God with the Internet!' Republican Shouts at FCC Chief - National Journal
- Information sharing debates continuing in problematic directions - Mozilla Blog
- Here’s what happens when a hacker gets mistaken for a spy - The Verge
- Google joins Apple, Microsoft and others to call for mass surveillance reform - The Next Web
Your OpenMedia team recently got wind of new plans afoot by Rogers’ subsidiary Fido to make competing apps and services more expensive over their mobile networks, and it’s certainly cause for concern.
Based on a recent article from Mobile Syrup, it appears that the carrier intends to create unfair incentives for customers that privilege certain services–their own–over others, violating the principle of net neutrality. Mobile Syrup reports:
New customers will be shifting towards a loyalty-based membership program focused on rewards like credit towards streaming music and a certain allotment of video streaming (with a heavy emphasis on Rogers’ Vice Media partnership).
Guess who the government is bullying now for standing up against secret police Bill C-51?
Article by Justin Ling for Vice
Canada's foremost pro-gun lobby group backed down from criticizing the Harper government's anti-terrorism legislation out of concerns that the Conservatives would screw them over on changes to new gun laws, VICE has learned.
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