Transparency

Vanishing Canada: Why we’re all losers in Ottawa’s war on data

By Macleans, 18 September 2015

Records deleted, burned, tossed in Dumpsters. A Maclean’s investigation on the crisis in government data.

The result is a crisis in what Canadians know—and are allowed to know—about themselves. The threat this poses to a functioning democracy has been raised over the past several years, most recently, in the massive, damning June 2015 report “Dismantling democracy: Stifling debate and dissent in Canada” produced by Voices-Voix, a non-partisan coalition of more than 200 organizations and 5,000 individuals.

UN Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai

28 April 2015 (Geneva) - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, called for a new treaty binding businesses to respect fundamental human rights, and for States and corporations to fully engage with civil society organizations in the context of natural resource exploitation.

“Corporations play an outsized role in the decision-making processes about exploitation of natural resources. But they are not subject to legally binding human rights obligations,” Mr. Kiai told the UN Human Rights Council during the presentation of his latest report. “It is time to address this issue more robustly; corporations must not escape responsibility to safeguard human rights.”

A haven no more: Canada's conservative refugee policy

By Al Jazeera, 15 September 2015

Nabil Hawara spent 20 years as a political prisoner in Syria before fleeing the war-torn country with his family as refugees in 2013 in the hope of reaching Canada - and the promise of a brighter future.

Two-and-a-half years later, he's still waiting on bureaucratic red-tape that would reunite him with his wife and children in Montreal.

Canadian immigration rules wouldn't allow Hawara to bring his family along from Turkey after he applied for refugee status, and he now spends his days eager for updates from the government, which hasn't provided a reason why they're not with him.

Syrian seeking refugee status still in limbo years after arriving in Canada

By iPolitics, 9 September 2015

Hussein Rahim had already lost his cousin and uncle — one shot dead, the other missing — when he was arrested by military forces during a protest in his native Syria.

His family paid thousands of dollars for his release, but fear of being detained again as the unrest turned to armed conflict prompted him to seek asylum in Canada. But three years later, the 35-year-old said he remains in limbo, his case unheard and his fate uncertain.

Worldwide attention has focused on the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing the war-torn country. Some have family members living abroad who are trying to sponsor from afar; others, like Rahim, take matters into their own hands. Either way is a difficult process.

Attempts to protect Canada's lakes, rivers 'all but abandoned': analysis

By CTV News, 1 September 2015

A statistical analysis of the Conservative government's changes to environmental laws and procedures suggests Ottawa has "all but abandoned" attempts to protect Canada's lakes and rivers.

Environmental oversight by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans dropped dramatically during the 2000s -- a time when Canada saw huge spending in the resource industries.

New report from Voices-Voix says federal government “dismantling democracy”

Cover image of Dismantling Democracy

Since 2010, we have published more than 110 case studies that ‘connect the dots,’ showing a pattern of actions by the federal government to silence critics, stifle debate, diminish knowledge, and dodge accountability.

In Dismantling Democracy: Stifling debate and dissent in Canada, we document the abuse of parliamentary rules, the intimidation of public servants, and the defunding and intimidation of organizations that hold views at odds with the government.

Case Study #110: Foundation for Canadian Studies UK

Foundation for Canadian Studies UK logo

The latest case study from Voices-Voix, examining the Foundation for Canadian Studies UK, is now online. It's a compelling case of political interference in an established, and esteemed, institute in the UK which until recently had Canadian charitable status.

#StopC51 Week of Education kicks off

For Immediate Release

Canadians use social media and local gatherings to educate neighbours and MPs, as #StopC51 Week of Education kicks off

With many MPs home in their ridings in advance of crucial vote, over 50 online and offline activities will take place right across Canada for #StopC51 Week of Education

Case study #107: Bill C-51: Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015

Case study #107: Bill C-51: Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015

As Canadian parliament, and Canadian society, debated Bill C-51, Voices-Voix is adding to the debate by publishing our in-depth case study looking at the proposed legislation. The amendments proposed represent the most sweeping changes to the powers of CSIS since its inception in 1984.

Open letter: Enhancing the role of charities in public policy debates in Canada, request for a platform commitment

The following is an open letter that was sent to all five federal political parties by 18 charities and civil society groups concerned about the ongoing targeted audits of charities in Canada and the resulting "advocacy chill" is has caused. While Voices-Voix is not a signatory, we are re-publishing the letter in full as it reflects much of the research we have carried on the topic over the past months. 

 

 

 

February 10, 2015 

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