Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Canadian Government pressured to recognize human rights abuses in Mexico

By David Boughton The government of Canada came under pressure last week to increase its response to the escalating human rights crisis in Mexico. Nine Mexican human rights experts were in Ottawa outlining the problems and looking for support. The

Judge reserves decision in “Fuck Harper” case

A provincial court judge in Alberta has reserved his decision in the case of an Edmonton man facing a $543 fine for displaying a “Fuck Harper” sign in his car. An RCMP officer cited Rob Wells for “stunting” after pulling

Listen to Canadians before reforming Bill C-51, joint open letter urges Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to listen to Canadians before bringing forward a reform package on Bill C-51, according to a joint open letter penned by a broad range of civil society groups and privacy experts, who say Canadians need

Federal government drops niqab appeal

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Immigration Minister John McCallum announced today the formal withdrawal of the federal government’s request to the Supreme Court for an appeal of a federal court decision allowing women to wear the niqab at citizenship ceremonies.

TPP: Chapter By Chapter Analysis

After years of secret negotiations, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was finally released last night. Civil society is going through the text with a fine-toothed comb to uncover provisions that threaten the rights, freedoms and the well-being of

Canada will be forced to accept unlimited number of TFWs under TPP

Canada will be forced to grant work permits to an unlimited number of temporary foreign workers who are nationals of the other member countries under the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to the final text of the deal released

‘Arrogant’ sponsor accused of kicking teen out of soccer team facing consumer backlash

A multinational aquaculture corporation is facing a consumer backlash after being accused of forcing a soccer club it sponsors in northern Vancouver Island to kick a 14-year-old girl off the team and telling her to find different sport after she

Support for Bill C-51 hits all time low

The support for outgoing Conservative government’s controversial anti-terror legislation has fallen to an all time low, a new poll suggests. Only 16 per cent of Canadians want the incoming Liberal government to keep Bill C-51 as it is, while 26

Harper feeling the wrath of Streisand Effect as efforts to silence artist make ‘Harperman’ song go viral

Efforts by the Harper government to silence a protest song about ousting Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has caused the song to go viral, according to Youtube viewer statistics. Between the June 22, 2015, when the video of the song was

RCMP planning mass arrest of indigenous activists under Bill C-51, supporters warn

The RCMP are preparing to carry out a mass arrest operation against the indigenous Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in northwestern BC under Harper government’s Bill C-51 labelling as terrorists First Nations activists exercising their Aboriginal Title and Rights