How Harper controls the spin

Throughout the government, it's known simply as "downtown", the place where decisions are made on who speaks on issues and what they say. In the Conservative government's clampdown on communications, this is Ground Zero.

Harper defends database shutdown

Mr. Harper was forced to explain in the House of Commons Monday why his government quietly killed off a database called the Co-ordination of Access to Information Requests System.
Created in 1989 and revamped in 2001, the CAIRS database is a monthly compilation of all Access requests received by federal agencies.
Canadians could use it to see the information that had already been made public or was in the process of being released, and could then make a request to see the documents themselves.

A Decade Of Torment

In 1998, the Department of Foreign Affairs whistle-blower -- who exposed lavish waste and extravagance within Foreign Affairs in the 1990s --left Foreign Affairs and sued her bosses for harassment. More than nine years later, a pre-trial judge has issued an important ruling, criticizing some of the government lawyers' methods and calling for these tactics to end.
After dragging through the courts for almost a decade, the case of Joanna Gualtieri has produced an important development.

Whistle-blower Sues Ottawa

A Canadian bureaucrat who claims he was punished for blowing the whistle on security problems and unethical managers is suing the federal government.

Tories blasted for handbook on paralyzing Parliament

The Harper government is being accused of a machiavellian plot to wreak parliamentary havoc after a secret Tory handbook on obstructing and manipulating Commons committees was leaked to the press. "The government's deliberate plan is to cause a dysfunctional, chaotic Parliament,'' Liberal House Leader Ralph Goodale told the House of Commons.

Health Canada Muzzles Oilsands Whistleblower

A northern Alberta physician who publicly aired concerns over carcinogenic pollution from the massive oilsands development is being investigated by the province's College of Physicians and Surgeons. The complaint against him comes from none other than Health Canada, which claims the physician caused "undue alarm."

Supreme Court strikes down security certificates

The country’s top court has declared unconstitutional the overly-secretive “security certificate” system used to deport non-citizens suspected of terrorism ties. But in a unanimous 9-0 ruling released this morning, the Supreme Court of Canada pointed to different ways the law might be re-written to comply with the Charter of Rights’ guarantees of fundamental justice, and given the federal government 12 months to do so. Until then, the now-tainted provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act remain valid. [...]

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