Harper government pushes ahead with controversial police powers legislation

Bill C-13 is a cyberbullying law but also has clauses to expand the power of various government officials to monitor cellphones and other electronic data

Critics of Bill C-13 claim it allows phone companies could voluntarily hand over certain information about their subscribers to police
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Despite the objections of the privacy commissioners of Ontario and British Columbia, the Harper Government is forging ahead with two pieces of legislation the propose new powers for police to monitor the private data of Canadians.

Bill C-13 is a cyberbullying law but also has clauses to expand the power of various government officials to monitor cellphones and other electronic data.  

Most of the time, officials would first need a warrant from a judge.  

Critics say the bill also allows law-enforcement to seek private information from phone companies, meaning those companies could voluntarily hand over certain information about their subscribers to police, border guards, and others.

Ontario Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian says Bill C-13 is "a wolf in sheep's clothing."  

In her words, "what we have to get away from is this trust-me model - 'just trust us, we're the government, we're doing the right thing, we're in it to protect you.'"  

Cavoukian says, "it's just unacceptable."

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  1. Mark posted on 05/26/2014 06:54 AM
    I vote Con and would never vote for a scum sucking liberal like twinkle toes Justin, but bills like this bother me. Frankly, I don't trust cops anymore. They are the ones who will oversteps the spirit of this law.
    1. wil posted on 05/26/2014 08:16 AM
      @Mark So you would vote for a corrupt government, that has taken almost all are rights away made us a police state, Great job keeping us a FREE country
      with write as individuals
    2. Jon in Whitby posted on 05/26/2014 08:17 AM
      @Mark I'm with you on that one. I'm all for the government making anti-bullying laws, being a victim of this myself, but i don't want to replace a bully with Big Brother. Get it through your heads, Gov't. The Cyber-security bills put forward by Vic Toews were a disaster. Do not try to repeat it.
    3. shawn posted on 05/26/2014 08:21 AM
      @wil Police state? LOL. Man you guys need to get out of Canada and get perspective if you think we have it SOO bad here. Try going to Sierra Leone or Indonesia or Bangladesh.

      We have it so good in this country and people just whisk that off. Get real.
    4. Jon in Whitby posted on 05/26/2014 08:21 AM
      @wil Oh please, stop over-reacting! Has a cop busted down your door for opposing the government? Have they imprisoned and tortured you for speaking against the party line? THAT is what a police state is like. You may not like Harper, but don't be an utter moron im your criticisms of him.
    5. John posted on 05/26/2014 11:47 AM
      @Mark So you solely vote for Cons yet don't like what they do? Do you blindly believe all their propaganda or are you just slow?
    6. SonofPerdition posted on 05/26/2014 06:39 PM
      @Jon in Whitby Make no mistake, the Harper government has brought us further along that trajectory than any other Canadian government ever. Canada is a country more divided than ever before. The era of Canada as a tolerant nation is nearing the end. The future looks bleak for the majority of Canadians. You may love Harper, but don't be an utter moron in your denial of his policies.
  2. Karl Burgin posted on 05/26/2014 07:16 AM
    1. mizmite posted on 05/26/2014 10:48 AM
      @Karl Burgin so said the judge!
    2. Rob Ford Awareness Society posted on 05/26/2014 12:37 PM
      @Karl Burgin Congratulations, citizen! For demonstrating merit of the highest order in dragging Rob Ford's name into an issue that he has nothing to do with, you have been nominated for the RFAS 2014 Achievement Award!

      Because as we all know, no matter how big or small, national or international, municipal or federal, EVERYTHING revolves around Rob Ford.
    3. Around the Pool posted on 05/26/2014 09:34 PM
      @Rob Ford Awareness Society Yeah, cuz we all know that Rob Ford so fat that when he sits around the pool, he sits AROUND the pool
  3. Angry Bill posted on 05/26/2014 09:43 AM
    To the people making fun of others fearing that Canada is becoming a police state... How do you think those other countries you mentioned became police states? It didn't happen overnight. It's not happening overnight here, either.. The police and government already have far more powers over our privacy than they should. You're apparently okay with that. That's your right. But I'm not. That's my right, too.

    It would be different if I trusted the police and the government, but only the very naive place their trust in organizations that have shown they don't deserve it.
  4. john posted on 05/26/2014 11:47 AM
    sand box , VPN , proxy servers , firewalls . anti spyware , all things people can use agents government spying . do your email to a friend in a made up language like this

    one word in german

    next word in Japanese

    next word in Arabic

    ETC .

    or make words typed backwards and not in the right place . stuff like that .

    fire fox with ad block plus , do not track me , spam avert works good to

    even a program that changes the ip address works good as well .

    public WiFi is good to . trust me there is always going to be ways around everything . digital .
    1. Jack posted on 05/26/2014 12:49 PM
      @john I admire your dedication, but your method is needlessly complicated. My way is a lot simpler: I don't break the law. Whatever the government sees if they read my email is harmless.
    2. Sam posted on 05/26/2014 01:07 PM
      @Jack @Jack It's not about hiding laws you are breaking. How would you feel if everyone of your conversations were known by all of your friends? Have you never sent any sensitive information in an email? I'm not comfortable knowing my emails could be read by a human, Government official. It's not about legality, it's about too much power. The NSA has had many cases of employees using their databases to spy on personal relationships, and those are just the ones that get caught. That simply doesn't sit right with me. I don't want this in Canada.
    3. Paul posted on 05/26/2014 04:30 PM
      @Jack @Jack A law abiding citizen should expect their private communication to be private. Giving agencies and governments the power to look at my information and communications gives them the opportunity to abuse that power. These abuses could take the form of censorship or theft of original ideas in a nascent stage or targeted advertising that segregates or misleads, or any other myriad of problems. The bill was intended to be used to make it harder for children to bully other children online but ends up overstepping that "protect the children" language. Police do not need to set up wiretaps on playgrounds so there should be no reason to set them up on the internet unless there is sufficient reasonable cause for a judge to issue a legal and enforceable warrant. Anything beyond that is an unnecessary step that limits the freedoms of even the most law abiding citizen by creating even more laws to abide by.
    4. Jacky posted on 05/28/2014 01:00 PM
      @Jack Everybody has something to hide. If you say you don't, you're lying. Easier to hide in plain sight. The problem is if you look hard enough at someone, you're going to see whatever you want to see, and that isn't justification for arrest but it is these days.
    5. john posted on 06/10/2014 12:31 PM
      @Jack heres the thing mate

      the UN has been for years trying to tame the internet . the internet is like the wild west . the UN wants to govern the internet so u need permission to go to sites were that is not the case now . people need to understand anything and everything the governments touch turns to shit . we are part of the UN and so it affects us . there was a incident in the USA 2 weeks after the Boston boobing a couple got raid by the FBI cause the dad was looking on Google for a knapsack for his son . latter that day his wife was looking up Pressure Cooker Recipes . so how is that breaking the law ? thay hold them in custody for 3 days before that let them go home . glade thay are suing the ass off the FBI and i hope thay win .
  5. Leona posted on 05/26/2014 04:37 PM
    Bullying is not a problem. The way our children respond to being bullied, however, is. We have this culture of entitlement where a child is raised as a beautiful special snowflake with no flaws and no shortcomings, completely unable to stand up for themselves.

    I was bullied as a child, as in all likelihood were the people who wrote, edited, posted, and are currently commenting on this article. Notice how we are all still alive, as are countless kids today who are bullied at school and don't wind up splashing their own weakness across headline news.
    1. john posted on 06/10/2014 12:44 PM
      @Leona so was i . but i did this thing called commonsense and defend themselves . young people cant seem to do that without getting in trouble i thx the person who started it in the first place should be the one getting punished i would no way in hell wanna bring a kid in the world if he cant defend himself and has to run to mommy every time he gets punched . the old days we used to fight back and in the process the bully would leaved alone . one thing bully s hate is when the victim fights back .
  6. Matthew Timms posted on 05/26/2014 11:48 PM
    Cons convicted of election fraud in 2006, with over $200k paid in fines, but not a single day of jail time for this major crime.

    Cons convicted of election fraud in 2008, with Dean Del Maestro charged, and Peter Penashue "doing the honourable thing" and resigning in the face of clear violations and reports of illegality.

    Election fraud confirmed in 2011, with foreign newspapers calling the election "a sham" and "rigged"; CIMS database confirmed the source of the data used to perpetrate the fraud, which is encrypted, password-locked, access-logged, and access is restricted to high-ranking Cons only.

    "Computer records show campaign volunteer John White downloaded the lists of opposition supporters that may have been used to make the call. White told investigators in 2012 he could not recall why he downloaded them." from the National Post's article, "Former campaign worker granted immunity after he gives evidence in ‘Pierre Poutine’ robocalls case."

    The guilty have been rewarded, enabled, empowered, and allowed to run amuck since at least 2006. We require a severe and thorough audit of government, and Harper's allies in the private sector must be uncovered and punished.

    Jail, repeal, severe audit.
    1. john posted on 06/10/2014 12:49 PM
      @Matthew Timms i wish thay did that to the liberals whan thay were power in the late 1900's all the shit thay pulled . that party should be in jail for pulling that shit .
  7. franklin posted on 06/09/2014 10:52 PM
    Very much the Soviet model with wiretaps practically in the shower, and people talking to their pockets in bid for gov. to stay in power indefinitely. Will we have video cameras in the home, getting bedroom shots as well?

    As the Soviets discovered, this leads to a lot of palace coups.
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