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Canada’s spy agency helped prepare all-of-government approach in case Idle No More protests ‘escalated’: secret files

Flash mob in Edmonton mall, December 2012.

Idle No More flash mob in Edmonton mall, December 2012.

Justin Ling, National Post, March 23, 2014

Secret documents from Canada’s spy agency show that the Canadian government was getting ready in case last year’s Idle No More protests “escalated.”

A heavily-redacted 11-page report — with one entire page missing — obtained under the Access to Information Act shows that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service was involved in preparing an all-of-government approach to dealing with the First Nations protests, which began in late 2012.

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RCMP and CSIS accused of spying on pipeline opponents

Surveillance camera cartoonMark Hume,The Globe and Mail, Feb. 06 2014

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association has filed complaints against the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, saying the law enforcement agencies may have illegally spied on opponents of pipelines and then shared the intelligence information with the petroleum industry. Read the rest of this entry

Former Aboriginal affairs minister Chuck Strahl quits CSIS watchdog amid Enbridge controversy

APTN National News, Jan 24, 2014

Chuck Strahl, former minister of Aboriginal Affairs and now former member of CSIS watchdog.

Chuck Strahl, former minister of Aboriginal Affairs and now former member of CSIS watchdog.

Former Aboriginal affairs minister Chuck Strahl quit his post as chair of Canada’s spy agency watchdog after facing criticism for also lobbying for Enbridge and a First Nation energy company doing business with the Chinese. Read the rest of this entry

Government officials shook over Straight’s “sabotage” article

Cover of the Georgia Straight with its "sabotage" article.

Cover of the Georgia Straight with its “sabotage” article.

Government officials are clearly shook over the recent article published by Vancouver’s Georgia Straight concerning potential sabotage against the Enbridge pipeline.   That article, reposted on Warrior Publications, was entitled “Activists plot how to block new pipelines in BC.”   Although there have been many calls made for civil disobedience, this is one of the first major public discussions about the potential for sabotage actions against pipeline construction.  Read the rest of this entry

Chuck Strahl, Chair of CSIS oversight committee, lobbying for Enbridge

The Vancouver Sun/Canadian Press, January 6, 2014

Chuck Strahl

Chuck Strahl, now chair of SIRC.

OTTAWA — Concerns are being raised about reports that former Conservative MP Chuck Strahl, who now oversees Canada’s spy agency, is lobbying for Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Read the rest of this entry

CSIS agent targeted Kanesatake man over Greece trip: recording

By Tom Fennario and Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Sept 20, 2013


MONTREAL--An agent with Canada’s spy agency tried to entice a Kanesatake man to meet over “coffee” and discuss his recent trip to Greece before turning the conversation personal by bringing up the 1990 Oka Crisis, according to a recording of the phone conversation posted online. Read the rest of this entry

CSIS, Aboriginal Affairs kept close watch on Idle No More protest movement

Postmedia News August 11, 2013

Idle No More protest near Sarnia, Ontario, on January 5, 2012, that blocked border crossing.

Idle No More protest near Sarnia, Ontario, on January 5, 2013, that blocked border crossing.

A federal department and the country’s spy agency closely monitored the activities of the aboriginal “Idle No More” movement in late 2012 and early 2013, with the intelligence agency claiming it was doing so not over fear of protests getting out of hand, but to protect the activists from potential violence by others. Read the rest of this entry

CSIS Returns to Six Nations’ Pow-wow to Recruit Natives

Spy service aims to drastically boost number of aboriginal on staff

by Tim Groves, Media Coop, July 24, 2013

A version of this story was originally published by the Tekawannake News

CSIS recuitment booth at the Assembly of First Nations' 2012 General Assembly, which took place shortly before the Grand River Pow-wow.

CSIS recruitment booth at the Assembly of First Nations’ 2012 General Assembly, which took place shortly before the Grand River Pow-wow.

Canada’s top spy agency reacted with fear and alarm when a handful of protestors approached its recruitment booth at last year’s Grand River Pow-wow, documents show. This comes as CSIS is stepping up its recruitment of Aboriginal people.

On July 28th 2012, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), saw the first signs of resistance to its efforts to increase the number of Aboriginal people on its payroll to 111, according to records acquired through access to information legislation. Read the rest of this entry

Petro-state politics prompts CSIS to spy on citizens at alarming rate, FOIs reveal

Mike Chisholm and Jenny Uechi, Feb 25th, 2013

Police videotaping anti-Olympic protesters in Vancouver, 2008.

Police videotaping anti-Olympic protesters in Vancouver, 2008.

Environmental activist Rod Marining knows the feel of steel handcuffs on his wrists.

As co-founder of Greenpeace International, he sailed aboard Greenpeace ships campaigning against French atmospheric nuclear testing in French Polynesia, Japanese whaling in the Pacific and was thrown in jail for demonstrating against mahogany lumber imports to Europe.

“I am considered a national security risk,” he said, noting that the RCMP keeps a file on him, for his eco-warrior activities on the high seas.

But these days, activists can get on the security radar for a whole lot less: according to a Guardian report on documents released under freedom of information laws, the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) are increasingly blurring the line between real terrorists and average citizens who organize petitions, attend protests and express dissent.  Read the rest of this entry

Canada’s Spy Groups Divulge Secret Intelligence to Energy Companies

Documents raise fears that info on environmentalists, Indigenous groups and more shared with industry at biannual, secret-level, briefings.

Police conducting video surveillance of anti-2010 Olympics protest, Vancouver 2008.

by Tim Groves, The Dominion, October 10, 2012

TORONTO—The Canadian government has been orchestrating briefings that provide energy companies with classified intelligence from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the RCMP and other agencies, raising concerns that federal officials are spying on environmentalists and First Nations in order to provide information to the businesses they criticize. Read the rest of this entry

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