CJFE Review: True free expression requires privacy

This article by our David Christopher was originally published by Canadian Journalists For Free Expression in the 2015 CJFE Review. 

“If I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to fear.” This is perhaps the most common reason people give for shrugging off stories about government intelligence agencies, like the National Security Agency (NSA) in the U.S. and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in Canada, spying on their own country’s citizens.

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iPolitics: The more people learn about Bill C-51, the more they oppose it. Will Harper pay the price?

It's time Harper realizes this reckless, dangerous and ineffective bill may cost him the election. Speak out now and send a clear message to the Senators at

Article by Andrew Mitrovica

Stephen Harper should worry. If public opinion polls are any barometer, support for his so-called ‘anti-terror’ law, Bill C-51, is fading fast.

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Topics: Online Spying

Huffington Post: Did you know Canada is the most sued nation under free trade agreements?

Now Canada wants to sign on to another massive, secretive agreement that will exploit our 'partners' and establish unaccountable supra-national tribunals to further erode democratic decision-making at the national level. 

Article by Sunny Freeman for the Huffington Post

Canada is the most-sued country under the North American Free Trade Agreement and a majority of the disputes involve investors challenging the country’s environmental laws, according to a new study.

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A heartfelt letter to MP Laurie Hawn after his (kind of, maybe, sort of) apology

Check out this great article by OpenMedia's board member Susan McLennan. 

Article by Susan McLennan for Reimagine PR

Dear Mr. Hawn,

Thank you so much for your heartfelt apology. It meant a lot to hear that you had decided it was time for everyone to move on.

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Topics: Online Spying

Coming (very) soon: We’ve got a plan to restore our privacy rights - packed with ideas that come straight from you

For anyone who cares about privacy, the past few months have been one hell of a ride: We’ve seen startling leaked documents confirming that Canada’s spy agency CSE is monitoring our private online activities on a massive scale - and even spying on private emails Canadians send to their MPs. We’ve seen Peter MacKay’s online spying Bill C-13 become the law of the land, despite huge opposition from Canadians.

And, most famously, we’ve seen the government push forward Bill C-51, a reckless, dangerous, and ineffective piece of legislation that experts say will criminalize free expression, create a secret police force, and lead to widespread violations of our most basic Charter Rights.

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Topics: Online Spying

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