By Michael Toledano, Vice.com, Feb 17, 2015
As the Harper government’s Bill C-51 moves to extend anti-terrorism legislation to include anyone who interferes with the “critical infrastructure,” “territorial integrity,” or “economic and financial stability of Canada,” a leaked report from the RCMP’s Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Team demonstrates how aboriginals and environmentalists are already being targeted by law enforcement for these reasons.
Public safety minister says it’s time to stop ‘under-reacting to the great threats against us’
By Susana Mas, Chris Hall, CBC News, Oct 27, 2014
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has tabled a bill in the House of Commons today to expand the powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada’s spy agency.
Bill C-44, dubbed the protection of Canada from terrorists act, was expected to be introduced last week before a gunman launched an attack in the capital.
“This bill is bringing clarity into the CSIS Act while protecting individual rights,” Blaney told reporters in Ottawa after he tabled the bill on Monday.
The proposed legislation amends the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, as well as the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act and makes a consequential amendment to the Access to Information Act. Read the rest of this entry
By Colin Freeze, The Globe and Mail, Oct. 22 2014
Two deadly attacks perpetrated against Canadian soldiers by suspected extremists are raising the stakes in the domestic fight against terrorism.
In recent months, the public and politicians have pushed federal security officials to get more aggressive. One response has been renewed efforts to block or revoke passports to stop the exodus of extremists to fight with the Islamic State jihadis and related groups.
Yet counterterrorism officials increasingly regard extremists in Canada as more menacing and harder to predict. Security measures are already stretching to their legal limits – yet Parliament is set to confer more powers to federal agents as the threats continue to mount.
“This will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday evening in a televised address. He said that the violence in Ottawa and near Montreal will lead his government to beef up counter-terrorism efforts. Read the rest of this entry
Yves Fortier sat on board of company behind Keystone pipeline
By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press/CBC News, Sept 28, 2014
A civil liberties group is objecting to Canada’s spy watchdog assigning Yves Fortier to investigate alleged spying on environmental activists, citing a conflict due to his former petroleum industry ties.
The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association’s lawyer has written to the Security Intelligence Review Committee asking that Fortier “recuse himself from any participation” in the matter since he once sat on the board of TransCanada Pipelines — the company behind the Keystone XL project. Read the rest of this entry
Canada’s spy agency helped prepare all-of-government approach in case Idle No More protests ‘escalated’: secret files
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.
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
APTN National News, Jan 24, 2014
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