We’re meeting with Canada’s Privacy Commissioner. Don’t let the Cat get our Tongue.

Ever wanted to sit down and have a chat with Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, Daniel Therrien? Well, we’re sending our own Grassroots Development Coordinator Jason Hjalmarson to Edmonton to do just that, but he won’t be going alone.

We need you to tell Jason what to say to say to the Privacy Commissioner. What are your concerns about privacy rights in Canada? What would you like to see the Privacy Commissioner to do protect against invasive online spying? How do you think the government’s proposed Bill C-51 will affect privacy for Canadians?

Get it all out in the comments below and Jason will deliver your thoughts.

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Topics: Online Spying

The Tyee: Journalists shocked at lack of information about Bill C-51

Was the government afraid to answer tough questions about anti-privacy Bill C-51? 

Article by Jeremy J Nuttall for The Tyee

Reporters in Ottawa became surly quickly Friday when it was discovered the government lock-up they attended for a briefing on proposed anti-terror legislation was light on information and heavy on restrictions.

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Topics: Online Spying

PressProgress: Anti-privacy bill C-51 adds new spying powers with no additional oversight

Do you think having democratic checks and balances over Canada's spying agencies is "needless red tape"? 

Article by PressProgress

Sure, critics say Canadians may be watching their country turn into a surveillance state.

But here's one thing they don't need to worry about: the Harper government promises it won't create "duplication" and "needless red tape" -- specifically democratic checks and balances on Canada's spy agency.

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Topics: Online Spying

Globe and Mail: Editorial: Harper wants to create “secret police”

Globe editorial: the Prime Minister "wants to turn our domestic spy agency into something that looks disturbingly like a secret police force." Thanks to everyone here for speaking out and making this such a prominent issue.

Article by The Globe and Mail

Prime Minister Stephen Harper never tires of telling Canadians that we are at war with the Islamic State. Under the cloud of fear produced by his repeated hyperbole about the scope and nature of the threat, he now wants to turn our domestic spy agency into something that looks disturbingly like a secret police force.

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Topics: Online Spying

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