CONFIRMED: Final Senate C-51 vote delayed until Tuesday

It's now official: under pressure from Canadians, the Senate has delayed the final Bill C-51 vote until Tuesday at 5.30pm ET.

Well done everyone - listening in to the debate, it was clear that all your hard work is having a real impact.

Many senators referred to the deluge of emails, letters, tweets, and phone calls they were receiving from Canadians upset about this reckless legislation. As one senator pointed out: “We’ve all received many letters and emails - I believe tens of thousands have been sent to colleagues.” Read more »

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The Tyee: C-51 is Harper's tool to keep spreading fear

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:

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.

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BREAKING: Final Bill C-51 vote will be tomorrow

BREAKING: Liberal Senate leader Grant Mitchell has just confirmed to OpenMedia that the government will shut down all debate on Bill C-51 at the Senate Chamber tomorrow. This means all amendments and the legislation as a whole will be voted on tomorrow.

The news gives us one more day of action. We have another day to fight this unpopular legislation in the Senate, and we need to keep it up until the last minute. Let's tell our senators to protect our charter rights and #StopC51

As Chris Nelles, a member of our social media community put it, "This bill should already be dead. It should have been dead months ago. It's an attack on some of the freedoms that we Canadians have fought hard for in the past."

Head to right now and send them a clear message before tomorrow’s crucial final vote. Sign our petition and use this new tool to send Senators a strong message: we’re trying to get as many Canadians as possible on board, and the more people who speak out, the more powerful the message will be.

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The future of the Internet is on the line

A version of this article by our Meghan Sali was originally published at Common Ground and 

One of the big promises we were made about the Internet was its potential to revolutionize the way that we interact with the world around us. The Internet enables us to transcend our physical restrictions and travel the world; it allows us to access and ingest research, art, culture and knowledge that would have in the past been stored in libraries and other physical archives, inaccessible to many.

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