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By Jason Magder for The Calgary Herald


The Conservative government plans to introduce a law on Monday that will allow police to better monitor the web-surfing habits of Canadians.

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Entitled “an Act to enact the Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act and to amend the Criminal Code and others Acts,” the law would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to install equipment that would allow them to monitor and preserve the Internet surfing activities of their customers. The providers could then be asked by police to collect and preserve surfing data of anyone suspected in engaging in criminal activity.


Known as the Lawful Access law, Bill C-51 also would make it easier for law enforcement authorities to activate tracking mechanisms within cellphones so they can know the whereabouts of suspected criminals. If they’re suspected of being international terrorists, the law would allow such tracking to go on for a year, rather than the current 60-day limit, according to a previous incarnation of the law introduced last year.

In recent months, open-Internet lobbyists and privacy advocates – including the privacy commissioner of Canada – have been warning the Conservative government

not to adopt this bill, saying it is a serious infringement of civil liberties. An online petition against the law has been started by the net neutrality lobby group

Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, and an outspoken critic of the law, said he’s worried about all the information police will have access to without a warrant.

“It could include anything from email addresses to IP addresses and cellphone-identified numbers,” Geist said. “The ability to use that kind of information in a highly sensitive way without any real oversight is very real.”

As an example of the new powers, Geist said authorities would be able to use equipment to isolate cellphone numbers of people attending a protest, and then be able to ask a cellphone company to disclose personal information of the people attached to those cellphone numbers. Read more »

Calgary Herald: Online Spying Bill pushing through despite public outcry |


The Harper Regime is about to kill your internet privacy, The plan is to force every phone and Internet provider to surrender our personal information to “authorities” without a warrant.

SHARE if you are against the government spying on citizens. Harper wants to allow police to spy on all Canadians without warrants. Bill C-51 is being introduced on Monday. It is an infringement of our privacy rights, and our fundamental civil rights. Canadians its time to take a stand. Freedom is calling and we must all share the information and alert the Canadian public.

ALL Canadians Contact your MP here via phone or email by postal code:…

Attn: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Attn: Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson
Attn: Public Safety Minister Vic Toews

News Articles Detailing Proposed Canadian Internet Surveillance Bill C-51 Disappear From Web Today story broken by Occupy Canada

READ BILL C-51: Legislative Summary of Bill C-51

Harper Government wants Police to spy on ALL Canadians with no warrants

Macleans: Harper’s promise: a warrantless online police surveillance state

“As an example of the new powers, Geist said authorities would be able to use equipment to isolate cellphone numbers of people attending a protest, and then be able to ask a cellphone company to disclose personal information of the people attached to those cellphone numbers.” source:…

Bill C-51 will turn ISPs into Police Internet gatekeepers
The bill would make it mandatory for telecom providers, ISPs and search engines to monitor, store, retain and not disclose e-mail, Internet and telephone communications at the request of law and security officials. No warrant necessary.
source: Globe and Mail…

Ontario Privacy Commish on Online Spying Bills (CBC interview)

‘Lawful Access’ Online Spying Law Could Kill Small Internet Providers In Canada, Industry Group Says

Canadian judges and politicians have grown too old and out of touch with the reality of today’s digital world to be trusted to make sound decisions about privacy rights, Ontario’s privacy watchdog has warned. Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian believes will amount to a major breach of rights and freedoms.
“We are talking about the expansion of surveillance without judicial authorization. THIS SHOULD SCARE YOU,” she said.

Americans shocked Harper crime bill gives more time to pot growers than pedophiles

Marijuana growers to face more jail than child rapists under Harper’s new omnibus bill- Source:…

Harsher sentences for pot growers than for pedophiles caught PM’s eye: documents

A YouTube video shot in Toronto’s downtown Dundas Square features someone with Occupy Canada preaching to Canadians to join rallies in their cities as part of a rising “global consciousness.”

“We wrestle not against flesh or blood, not against Muslim, not against Christian, not against black, not against white — but against powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places, against the rulers of darkness of this world, and that is the truth — and we wrestle not against each other but … against the corrupt powers of this world,” -Derek Soberal
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