Joint statement on Canada’s position regarding the detention of Saudi women’s rights defenders

Voices joint other organizations in a statement supporting Canada's position on women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia and demand their release from detention.

Great day for Freedom of Expression in Canada

Last week, the Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that the Income Tax Act infringes on charities’ constitutional right to free expression and finally overturned the section which limited charities’ ability to speak out on behalf of Canadians.

This is a step in the right direction, however, the ruling can be appealed by the federal government abandoning his promise to “allow charities to do their work on behalf of Canadians...". That’s why it is important to sign the petition once more to tell him to respect the Court's ruling and create a new law protecting Canadians' free speech

Transparency,​ ​Digital​ ​Rights,​ ​and​ ​NAFTA

NAFTA: Don’t trade away our digital rights

August 18, 2017

Voices-Voix signed on to a joint statement by organizations from Mexico, Canada and the United States regarding NAFTA and its implications for our digital rights and democratic rights.

The statement highlights the need for increased transparency and protection of digital rights. It also demands that the NAFTA renegotiation process be more transparent, inclusive and accountable. The implications are also on free expression, privacy and democratic rights.

An excerpt from the statement:

Rebuilding research for all Canadians

July 19, 2017

Evidence for Democracy recently launched a campaign in support of the Naylor report recommendations to improve basic research in Canada.

Canada is emerging from a decade in which our government systematically dismantled the research capacity of our nation. 

Coalition Objects to Renewed Calls for Weaker Encryption Following 'Five Eyes' Ottawa Meeting

Voices-Voix signed onto a letter alongside 83 other organizations and experts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, urging the 'Five Eyes' governments to encourage strong encryption, which is necessary for privacy and security:

June 30, 2017

To Ministers Responsible for the Five Eyes Security Community,

Turning a Corner: Laying the Groundwork for Charity Regulatory Reform in Canada

The paper, Turning a Corner: Laying the Groundwork for Charity Regulatory Reform in Canada, by Mowat NFP is second in a series that provides a resource for the federal government and nonprofit and charitable sector to develop a modern federal policy framework. The framework focuses on enabling the sector and strengthening its ability to improve quality of life in Canada and abroad.

An excerpt from the introduction of the report: