Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Albertan fined $543 for ‘FUCK HARPER’ sign, plans Charter challenge

An Edmonton man is planning a charter challenge after police fined him $543 fine for displaying a “FUCK HARPER” sign on the back of his car. “Yesterday, a Ponoka RCMP officer pulled me over and tried to extort me into

Constitutionality of bills C-51 and C-24: Dept of Justice won’t release study until after election

Department of Justice has decided to not release any information related to the its examination of the controversial Conservative bills C-51 and C-24 claiming that meeting the legal deadline would “interfere” with the Department’s operations. DOJ Act 1985 4.1 requires

In Your Face: Rules, Conventions and Cultural Sensitivity in the Niqab Debate

By H. Grant Timms I try, up the level of my admittedly low tolerance, to keep an eye on the comments sections of some of the news and political sites on the Internet. Recently, the case of Mrs. Zinera Ishaq

Tory MP compares Stephen Harper passing Bill C-51 to work of Jesus spawning #CPCJesus

By Mary Simpson “Our Leader, who art in Ottawa, Harper be thy name.” Twitter is on a roll with #CPCJesus hashtag after Conservative MP for Vancouver South Wai Young told the congregation at Harvest City Church that the Harper government was

Bill C-24 and the compromise of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

By H.Grant Timms Already, and across a broad spectrum of political opinion, there has been condemnation for bill C-24, the Harper government’s “Strengthening of Canadian Citizenship Act”, which came into full force on June 11 after being given Royal Assent

Harper government dismantling democracy, rights coalition says

Abuse of parliamentary rules, the intimidation of public servants, the defunding and intimidation of organizations that hold views at odds with the government, and muzzling independent watchdogs are just some of Harper government’s alleged attempts at eroding democratic values in

Harper wants to control Canada by keeping Canadians ignorant and afraid, scientist says

Stephen Harper is muzzling scientists and bringing legislation like Bill C-51 because the Prime Minister wants to keep Canadians ignorant and afraid, according to Simon Fraser University Professor Lynne Quarmby. “I was arrested for an act of civil disobedience,” the

Bill C-51 and the Conservative culture of contempt

By H. Grant Timms The debate on Bill C-51, distilled into its simplest form, seems to go something like this. On one side the government and its supporters, borrowing from the rhetoric of the American right, insists that there are

Bill C-51 incompatible with Canada’s commitment to constitutional supremacy and rule of law

Sukanya Pillay, General Counsel and Executive Director, Canadian Civil Liberties Association Bill C-51 creates new laws and amends existing laws to create new powers and crimes. One of these new laws is the security of Canada information sharing act, which

Rocco Galati vows to challenge C-51 in court, urges Canadians to vote against parties supporting the bill

Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati vowed to challenge Harper government’s anti-terror legislation in court and called on Canadians to vote against candidates of any party supporting Bill C-51 at the next election. Speaking at rally against Bill C-51 in Toronto, Galati,