iPolitics: Principled conservatives want C-51 scrapped

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.

Topics: Online Spying

CBC: Why we should be teaching children to code

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.

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The Tyee: Steve Anderson and MP Roxanne James spar over secret police Bill C-51

"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.

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PressProgress: Firefox makers come out against C-51

The team at Mozilla have joined the growing chorus of voices united against secret police Bill C-51. Have you spoken up yet?

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.

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Topics: Online Spying

Today, CRTC announces new protections and shows they’re listening to Canadians

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.

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