Tag Archives: Bill C-30
May 29, 2012

Vic Toews’ Bill C-30: The cost of online spying — Your privacy and your wallet

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Bill C-30 must be stopped and OpenMedia.ca is helping spread the word about the assault on Freedom contained within it.

One person’s comment on YouTube pretty much summed up how I feel about Bill C-30:

I shouldn’t have to surrender my civil liberties just so I can access the internet to talk to friends and family or enhance my education in an online course.

Would you want up to three billion dollars of your country’s tax dollars spent on Vic Toews’ online spying plan? How would you feel if Public Safety Minister Vic Toews had already quietly set aside your tax dollars for the scheme?

This isn’t a hypothetical question. Despite media stories saying the bill will die, just last week Vic Toews arrogantly proclaimed that the government is still “intent on proceeding” with his unpopular warrantless online spying bill. And he just set aside millions of your tax dollars to pay for it.

To push back, we’re launching a viral video—a new tool to help you educate as many Canadians as possible about this costly online spying scheme. We know from experience that when people get informed and get vocal en masse, we win.

Take action: http://OpenMedia.ca/stand

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March 1, 2012

Police overwhelmingly support C-30’s warrantless searches and violation of privacy

Come Back with a Warrant

It really isn’t a shock to see police chiefs from across Canada coming out in support of the warrantless search and privacy violations contained in Bill C-30, disingenuously named “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act”.  The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) even go so far as calling it a “reasonable tool” in the battle against crime.

Obviously they use a very different dictionary than I do, since mine doesn’t classify warrantless searches and privacy invasion as “reasonable.”  Then again, there isn’t a lot the CACP and I agree on.  If a law or proposed law violates yours and my Charter Rights, then it’s a lock that the CACP will be for it and I will be against it.

Bill C-30 is no different.

Dubbing it “lawful access” as if simply calling warrantless searches “lawful” can make them so, police do themselves and Canadians a great disservice by playing these types of semantic games.  There is nothing “lawful” about violating our Right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

Under the title “Why we are asking for “Lawful Access,” the CACP says the following:

The Global Internet, cellular phones and social media have been widely adopted and enjoyed by Canadians, young and old. Many of us have been affected by computer viruses, spam and increasingly, bank or credit card fraud. These new media are also being used as a safe haven for serious criminal activity – identity theft, child and sexual exploitation, gangs, organized crime and national security threats.

I have no doubt that all of these things are happening, and that police should be doing what they can to prevent them where possible and prosecute the offenders where it is not, there is still this pesky little thing called the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada.

The CACP and the police forces it represents would be much happier, I am sure, if the government would simply tear up that document so police could do whatever they want. (more…)

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February 24, 2012

Bill C-30’s invasions of privacy and warrantless searches are outrageous, but all the other Acts are just fine?

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Bruce Cockburn wrote a famous song that contained the line “The trouble with normal is it only gets worse.”

The same can be said for governments.  They always get worse, too.  The current so-called Conservative government is a perfect example of this, and Vic Toews unwittingly tried using this to his advantage.  He quickly discovered, much to his dismay, that Canadians weren’t quite as dumb as he had hoped.

Speaking to Ezra Levant on the Sun TV show “The Source” Vic Toews said with a straight face,

“Well, right now regulatory authorities have the power to do warrantless searches. That is very standard practice.”

Vic Toews is absolutely correct.  It is standard practice in numerous laws on the books:

  • The Firearms Act,
    the Fisheries Act,
    the Wheat Board Act and I’m sure many others.

Vic Toews clearly believes that it SHOULD be standard practice to have Canadians subjected to warrantless searches whenever it suits him, despite the so-called “conservative” nature of his government.

Unfortunately we do not actually have a conservative government in Canada right now.  We haven’t had one for a very, very long time.  The last truly conservative Canadian government probably predates the existence of anyone alive today.

You see, a truly conservative government would place the sanctity of our Rights and Freedoms ahead of any momentary and passing “need” of government.

A truly conservative government would repeal the laws that place the burden of proof on Canadians to “prove a negative”, something Ian Thomson is being forced to do right now in an Ontario courtroom.

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February 21, 2012

Inside the Prime Minister’s Office after Vic Toews called all Canadians child pornographers

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This video contains language not suitable for all audiences, as the saying goes, but is absolutely hilarious nevertheless.  This clip has floated around the internet for some time, but never in the context of opposing Bill C-30.

If you have a sense of humour, enjoy.

And while you’re here, how about downloading my Stop Bill C-30 WordPress plugin and installing it on your blog?  It will look just like the top right corner of this page.  For more information about the plugin, see my post Protect Your Right to Privacy and Help Stop Bill C-30.

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February 20, 2012

Protect Your Right to Privacy and Help Stop Bill C-30

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The Conservative Government of Stephen Harper has introduced Bill C-30, disingenuously named the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act.  This Act seeks to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide police with your personal private information WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT.

Warrantless searches are not something Canadians should tolerate or be subjected to. If the police believe someone is committing or has committed a crime, they should be required to go before a judge and obtain a search warrant. Anything less is a violation of our Charter Rights and is 100% unacceptable.

If you believe in your Right to Privacy, and that if police believe you have committed a crime they should be required to go before a judge and obtain a search warrant before demanding your personal information, then please download my Stop Bill C-30 WordPress plugin and add it to your WordPress-powered blog.

The plugin is simple, and as you can see from viewing this page, adds a simple black banner to the top right corner of your WordPress website.  When you click on the ribbon you will be taken directly to RealPrivacy.ca, a website created by Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. (I’ve modified the plugin here on postcardsfromtheright.com to bring you to this post, but the one you download below will take your visitors to RealPrivacy.ca.)

She created this site to help stop what the government is calling “lawful access” legislation.  What this legislation does is anything but lawful, of course, because it strips you of your Right to Privacy, your Right against Unreasonable Search and Seizure, and your Right to Remain Silent.

Help promote Internet Privacy and use the tools provided by RealPrivacy.ca to educate yourself about the perils of Bill C-30 and also to let the government know you will not tolerate this legislation.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Prime Minister Stephen Harper need to know that Canadians value their personal privacy and will not tolerate a so-called conservative government stripping Canadians of our most precious right: Our Right to Privacy.

Download the Stop Bill C-30 WordPress Plugin

 

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February 19, 2012

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews: Are you really as incompetent as your protestations make you appear?

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I couldn’t help but laugh as I read reports that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is suddenly shocked to learn what Bill C-30,the “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act”, actually contains.

I find this odd, since I’ve listened to him defend Bill C-30 repeatedly and blather on endlessly about how police can never abuse their powers under this act; that he is actually protecting Canadians from abuse instead of inflicting it. All his protestations are despite the fact that numerous reporters and television interviewers who have clearly explained it to him.

If there is one thing Canadians can do with less of (other than all this government invasion of their privacy) it’s politicians that are too bloody lazy to read the legislation they are attempting to ram down our throats.

Minister Toews is either blatantly incompetent or he is attempting to deceive the Canadian public when he claims he doesn’t know what Bill C-30 contains.

Either option is possible.  Both allow for his recent vile and disgusting behavior in the House of Commons, where he said anyone who doesn’t like his atrocious legislation must be in league with child pornographers.

Either is also possible when Minister Toews attempts to make the claim that he didn’t realize that Bill C-30 allows “any police officer” to demand personal client information from an ISP and for any reason, as is clearly laid out in Section 17 of the Act as it currently stands.

“I’d certainly like to see an explanation of that,” Toews told host Evan Solomon after a week of public backlash against Bill C-30, which would require internet service providers to turn over client information without a warrant.

”This is the first time that I’m hearing this somehow extends ordinary police emergency powers [to telecommunications]. In my opinion, it doesn’t. And it shouldn’t.”

Well, Minister Toews, if the very first time you’ve heard about the contents of Bill C-30, specifically Section 17, then you must be incompetent.  If the Bill should NOT allow this, then why did you have your minions write it in?

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February 17, 2012

Vic Toews: Politicians, like diapers, should be changed often, and for the same reason

Come Back with a Warrant

While claiming it’s perfectly reasonable for the government to spy on its citizens, the shoe is clearly on the other foot in a lovely social media twist that makes a point to Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews.

Toews is very cranky over how his personal life and details of his divorce, infidelity and lack of child support is being displayed very publicly on a Twitter account called @Vikileaks30.  While nobody knows yet who created the account, the industrious genius behind it is using social media to show Minister Toews exactly what it feels like to have his privacy invaded.  Breaking news has reported that an IP address from Parliament itself was used to create the account and post updates, so someone is probably about to lose their job for doing what is ostensibly a public service.

Others are using the Twitter hashtag #TellVicEverything to make a mockery of the Minister’s apparent need to know everything about everyone.

Personally, I think it’s an absolutely wonderful thing for the Minister to get this first-hand taste of what he has in store for all Canadians should his atrocious and invasive legislation, Bill C-30, actually pass in its current state.

Warrantless searches are not something Canadians should tolerate or be subjected to at the whim of a police member “suspecting” someone may or may not have done something. If the police believe someone is committing or has committed a crime, they should be required to get a search warrant.  Anything less is a violation of our Charter Rights and is 100% unacceptable.

I suppose Minister Toews believes warrantless searches are okay because other legislation passed by previous governments already contain such horrific clauses.  Canada’s Firearms Act, for example, makes provision for police to search the homes of lawful firearm owners without a warrant simply because they own a certain number of firearms.

That is and has always been unacceptable to Canadian firearm owners.  If we can jump through all the bureaucratic hoops, pass CPIC and RCMP background checks, then why do police require the ability to search our homes without a warrant?

If we’ve passed all those checks, clearly we’re NOT the problem.  Yet one look at the Ian Thomson case shows just how poorly a legitimate firearm owner is treated when he dares use one of his firearms to save his own life from three masked fire-bombers screaming death threats and tossing Molotov cocktails at his home.

Warrantless searches are perfectly okay though, according to Minister Vic Toews, as are stripping us of our Right to Remain Silent.  Just like the Firearms Act, the proposed Bill C-30 contains the provision requiring you to assist someone who is searching your home with or without a warrant.

Duty to assist

(3) The owner or person in charge of the place and every person in the place must give all assistance that is reasonably required to enable the inspector to perform their functions under this section and must provide any documents or information, and access to any data, that are reasonably required for that purpose.

Anyone who does not side with him, as in the case of Bill C-30, are obviously just child pornographers that haven’t been caught yet, right?  That is patently absurd, if not downright an abuse of his position, and an insult to every single Canadian who holds their Right to Privacy near and dear.

Vic Toews had the gall to stand in Parliament and say Canadians “can either stand with us or with the child pornographers,” as though the privacy concerns of regular, decent Canadians are of absolutely no importance at all.

A man of any decency would be ashamed of himself for making such a comparison, but it seems the Minister is not such a man.

Naturally, he denied making the statement until he was confronted with his own words on videotape, but that’s hardly surprising for a politician, is it?

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