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Huge $385m leap in CSEC budget: taxpayers on hook for lavish spy palace

Ultra-secretive spy agency CSEC is getting a whopping budget boost - and that's all thanks to your tax dollars. CSEC is set to receive $829 MILLION from taxpayers in 2014-15 - that's a huge 86.7% increase from the $444 million it cost us last year.

But don't worry - your tax dollars are going to a great cause: building a lavish new spy palace that CBC News has described as "the most expensive government building ever built".

This way, they can watch your every online move from the comfort of a gleaming palace. And all on your dime. Think this makes sense? Sound off in the comments! Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Why we had to create a users guide for the CRTC’s flawed online consultation

The CRTC, the body that makes the rules for the media and telecom industry, is asking Canadians about the future of digital services in Canada. As part of their ‘TalkTV’ initiative, they’ve launched an interactive questionnaire called ‘Choicebook’ about government rules that have the potential to either help fix our dysfunctional telecom market or give big conglomerates who dominate almost 90% of the market even more power to raise prices and control services.

We should all welcome the fact that the CRTC, a previously closed-off institution, is actively consulting the public. It is rare for a public institution to go to such lengths to collect citizen input and this is something to be encouraged. It is in this spirit that we feel the need to intervene and make decision-makers at the CRTC aware that their Choicebook initiative has some critical flaws. Read more »

Why is Bell Blocking Canadians from Watching the Daily Show Online?

I felt this popup and question was invasive and unnecessary but I tried answering the truth - “I do not have a TV service provider” - and I also tried selecting several other options.

Each time I received the following popup message and continued to be blocked from watching the Daily Show.

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The Globe and Mail: Inside CSEC's new headquarters

How did CSEC officials describe their two-hour long conversation with the Globe and Mail? "Uncomfortable." Colin Freeze takes a look into Canada's ultra-secretive spy agency CSEC.

Article by Colin Freeze for the Globe and Mail

No cellphones, no recording devices, no computers.

No names.

The seven officials at the boardroom table insist that their identities cannot be published – the risk, one explains, is that they would become targets of a “hostile foreign intelligence service.” Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

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