As CRA audits charities, there’s a scandal within a scandal

By Gerald Caplan, The Globe and Mail, 14 Nov. 2014

The Wars At Home: What State Surveillance of an Indigenous Rights Campaigner Tells Us About Real Risk in Canada

By Shiri Pasternak, Desmog Blog, 2 November 2014

Recent revelations that the RCMP spied on Indigenous environmental rights activist Clayton Thomas-Muller should not be dismissed as routine monitoring. They reveal a long-term, national energy strategy that is coming increasingly into conflict with Indigenous rights and assertions of Indigenous jurisdiction over lands and resources. (...)

Canada’s Bad Dream

By Andrew Clement, World Policy Journal, Fall 2014

TORONTO—Edward Snowden’s June 2013 leak has shone unprecedented light on the dark underside of Internet connectivity. So far, however, Canada has remained a victim largely hidden in the shadows.

Terror fight turns to Internet, sparking new free-speech debate

By Steven Chase and Josh Wingrove, The Globe and Mail, 30 October 2014

The Canadian government says it’s looking for a way to stop terror groups and their followers from using the Internet to advance their cause as a debate emerges over how to fight threats to Canada while preserving civil liberties including free speech and privacy.

Security reform should protect our freedom

By Alex Neve, John Packer, Roch Tassé, Ottawa Citizen, 29 October 2014

(...) In the wake of last week’s attack in Ottawa the government is rolling out proposed changes to Canada’s security laws and practices. We don’t yet know the full extent.

VIEW: Canadians must not trade freedom for the illusion of security

By Tom Henheffer, The Tyee, 29 October 2014

The potential destruction of terrorism is infinitesimally smaller than the damage done to our rights by a disproportionate attempt to prevent it.

Please, please remember this. It's even more important now, when that fact is so easily forgotten in the wake of the attack on our Parliament and the tragic deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. 
 We cannot allow the extreme actions of a few to strip us of the freedoms those soldiers worked so hard to protect. But the Canadian government continues to roll back our rights in the name of "security." (...)

Misguided security laws take a human toll

By Omar Khadr, Ottawa Citizen, 28 October 2014

Ten years ago the Canadian government established a judicial inquiry into the case of Maher Arar. That inquiry, over the course of more than two years of ground-breaking work, examined how Canada’s post-Sept. 11 security practices led to serious human rights violations, including torture.