Canada Revenue Agency monitoring Facebook, Twitter posts of some Canadians

By Elizabeth Thompson, CBC News, January 19, 2017
Agency is increasingly turning to cutting-edge data analysis techniques to improve service and 'compliance'.
David Christopher, of the advocacy group Open Media, said his organization opposes government agencies monitoring what Canadians are saying on social media.

'Rule of law' racism, C-51 and the coming resistance wave

solidarity against pipelines

Protecting the planet is clearly being perceived as an act of terrorism by those who exercise the prosecutorial reins of the judicial system.

Strengthening Oversight: Restoring and Improving Independent Commissions and Parliamentary Watchdogs

In Canada, independent commissions and parliamentary watchdogs play an important role in checking the exercise of executive power. To operate effectively, these agencies should be adequately funded, free from political interference, and afforded the powers necessary to investigate, monitor and report on the government’s conduct. In a parliamentary democracy these bodies also ensure oversight by answering to Parliament as a whole, as elected representatives of the Canadian people.

Your chance to protect civil liberties and get rid of C-51

From Oct. 17 to 21, we'll have a great chance to call on parliament to act to protect the right to dissent, when the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security will be holding in person consultations in 5 cities across Canada. Click for all the details.

Canada Without Poverty Launches Charter Challenge to Restrictions on Charities

Canada Without Poverty

On Sept. 6, 2016, Canada Without Poverty, a registered charity that works towards the relief of poverty in Canada, announced is has filed a charter challenge against regulations that limit charities' abilities to carry out political activities.

A human rights policy for Canadian embassies is long overdue

A Memorial to Mariano Abarca in his home in Chicomuselo, Chiapas

By Charis Kamphuis and Danielle Ching.

In June of this year, Amnesty International called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to address the issue of human rights with the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during the “Three Amigos Summit.” Amnesty International and other human rights organizations drew attention to the dangers faced by human rights defenders who are threatened,

Raising Our Voices: The state of dissent and free expression across Canada

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 09:00

Join us on Aug. 11 at the World Social Forum in Montreal for an important discussion on the state of dissent and free expression in Canada!

UN Special Rapporteur joins prominent Canadian, Quebec and Indigenous speakers to discuss state of dissent and free expression in Canada

MONTREAL (5 Aug. 2016)–An important discussion on the state of dissent and free expression in Canada is set to take place on Aug. 11 at the 2016 World Social Forum in Montreal.

Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association will be joining three prominent Canadian, Indigenous and Quebec speakers in conversation about the state of free expression in the country.

Mr. Kiai will be joined by:

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