Greenwald: Harper Government Exploiting Recent Attacks to Expand Powers

By Nadia Prupis, CommonDreams, 27 October 2014

The Canadian government is exploiting last week’s attacks against soldiers in the country to push sweeping national security bills into law and give the state ever-more invasive surveillance powers, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald said in Ottawa over the weekend. (...)

Stephen Harper's CRA: Selective audits, "political" activity, and right-leaning charities

By the Broadbent Institute, October 2014

Charities are a vital part of Canadian society. From poverty relief to environmental research, from the dangers of smoking to the relative merits of different salt levels in food, Canadian charities continue to make invaluable contributions to the health and welfare of the country. 

Help Put the Spotlight on Government Secrecy

By Sean Holman,, 26 September 2014

Partisans may not believe it, but Canada's "culture of secrecy" existed long before Stephen Harper moved into the prime minister's office. And it'll be around long after he moves out, unless Canadians do more than cast their ballots in the next election.

That's why four groups concerned about freedom of information, one of which I'm part of, are launching a campaign encouraging Canadians to take a small but vital step on social media that would raise more awareness of just how much is being hidden from us: spotlighting examples of government secrecy with the hashtag #cdnfoi. (...)

Battle Royal in Brussels - backroom 'trade' deals under fire

By Jurgen Maier, openDemocracy, 29 September 2014

The EU-Canada Summit on 26 September in Ottawa aimed to seal the deal on a controversial EU-Canada free trade agreement - in the dying days of the current EU Presidency.

But in the last few days we’ve been offered a rare public glimpse into a remarkable and fierce power struggle between the EU Commission and some member states over this agreement, which would have dramatic consequences for public services including health, and for democracy.

Energy East oil terminal threatens belugas: federal scientists

By Mike Desouza,, 27 September 2014

A stunning Quebec Superior Court injunction that temporarily halted exploratory work on a major cross-Canada oilsands pipeline project is raising fresh questions about whether the Canadian government muzzled a top scientist while reviewing the industry proposal.

Canadians deserve answers on political activity audits

By Murray Rankin, The Toronto Star, 19 September 2014

Last week, more than 400 academics joined the call for an immediate moratorium on the controversial “political activities” audits been undertaken by the Canada Revenue Agency. (...)

Environmental groups, anti-poverty organizations and international human rights defenders have all been targeted for political audits by the Conservatives.

Harper OKs potentially unconstitutional China-Canada FIPA deal, coming into force October 1

By Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, 12 September 2014

It's official: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has approved the controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) today.

Free Trade Agreements Attack Democracy And Human Rights

By Michäel Lessard, Huffington Post Canada, 25 August 2014

On August 21, the first day of the Peoples Social Forum at the University of Ottawa, a conference discussed a very current issue: the "free trade" agreement between Canada and the European Union. Six representatives of prominent civil organizations (provincial, federal and international) were heard, of which three are based in Quebec.

These spokespersons consider that these agreements do not truly seek to improve trade between countries, but instead are considered treaties that give new special rights to corporations, which undermine the democratic rights of peoples. (...)

Charity wonders about sudden interest from Ottawa

By Donovan Vincent, The Toronto Star, 23 August 2014

Working with partners in Latin America, the charity helps fund programs that assist the poor. But to maintain its charitable status, CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev for short) is having to wade through mounds of paperwork from those partners, including interim and year-end financial reports, receipts, program proposals and budgets — and translate it all into English. (...)

Secrecy, for your own good

By Jacob Kearey-Moreland, Orillia Packet, 22 August 2014

As one of the chief Team Canada negotiators for the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement, I was disheartened to hear details of our secret pact were leaked to the public after so many years of successful backroom dealings. (...)