Transparency

Ex-Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page on muzzled scientists, secrecy and "broken" government

By Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, 13 Jan. 2015

"There's no accountability. It's completely, completely broken," said former Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, who was hailed as a "national hero" for insisting that federal government be accountable for its spending. 

 

Case study #101: Oxfam

Today, Voices-Voix we published case study #101, on Oxfam Canada, "elimination of poverty," and the odious bureaucracy imposed on both non-profits and charities. An excerpt:

Eight steps to a better Canada

By Dan Leger, The Halifax Chronicle Herald, 5 January, 2015

Here’s an idea for 2015: make Canada a better country. Sure, that’s a broad target, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

So herewith an eight-step program, mostly for our leaders, to fix a few of the problems we can’t seem to shake. (...)

Harper continues to resist calls for missing aboriginal women inquiry

By Steven Chase and Gloria Galloway, The Globe & Mail, 17 December 2014

Stephen Harper is rejecting further calls for a formal federal inquiry into more than 1,100 aboriginal women murdered or gone missing since 1980, saying he’s satisfied the matter has been sufficiently studied and prefers that police investigate the underlying crimes.

Voices-Voix releases case study #100: Canadian Charities and the Canada Revenue Agency

Montreal, Dec. 11, 2014 – Today, Voices-Voix has published its 100th case study. The new report is warning that the Conservative government's ongoing selective scrutiny of charities poses a threat to free speech, democracy and government transparency in Canada.

Selective Scrutiny of Charities in Canada Poses a Threat to Free Speech, Democracy

New case study adds to growing concerns over “disturbing pattern” of CRA audits

Montreal, Dec. 11, 2014 – A new report is warning that the Conservative government's ongoing selective scrutiny of charities poses a threat to free speech, democracy and government transparency in Canada.

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.

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." (...)

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