Artist finds inspiration in Canadian government’s attempt to silence her | Environment | guardian.co.uk.
“It is almost like it’s a corporation exercising extreme message control,” she said in a phone interview. “It’s as if Stephen Harper were the CEO of Canada the corporation and we were his employees and we were not allowed to step [...]
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and whistleblowers | rabble.ca.
A new report out on Censorship, Intellectual Freedom,:
” Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has just issued a report for the year 2012-13 that should challenge our complacency. The CJFE report details how the Conservative government and its bureaucracy are muzzling scientists, putting roadblocks in [...]
Avaaz – Days to free the CBC!. (forwarded by Gail, also noted on our OHS Facebook group) please forward at will…
The new Harper budget bill is going to do something crazy — take hold of our public media and turn the CBC into a place where Harper’s cronies could control the newsroom.
This is [...]
A little more background on C-45, IdleNoMore, Chief Spence, and the effect of the budget bill, from a journalist who has recently moved back to Canada from the US:
“Tens-of-thousands of everyday people across the country .. are standing up on this Christmas eve, supporting her efforts to oppose what is unarguably a [...]
Tories closely tracked F-35 coverage.
Opposition parties pressed the Conservative government to come clean on the F-35 Monday even as internal documents emerged showing National Defence has been going all-out to track media coverage of the stealth fighter program.
This included categorizing news articles and blogs according to tone, following experts who were critical of [...]
Religious sensitivities no excuse for violence in Muslim world – The Globe and Mail. (editorial)
Religious sensitivities cannot be used to justify violent attacks. A perceived insult against one’s faith is simply not an excuse for breaking the law. And it is not an excuse to persecute people with different religious beliefs.
The looting and [...]
Moscow outlaws LGBT pride parades for next 100 years.
Moscow’s most powerful court has ruled to uphold a ban on LGBT pride parades in the Russian capital for 100 years, according to the BBC. The ruling places a major Russian city athwart the directives of the European Court of Human Rights for a second time [...]
Canadian scientists protest against spending cuts | Reuters.By David Ljunggren OTTAWA | Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:20pm EDT
[NOTE: this protest actually made it to several international news services, including (Reuters) ] – Several hundred Canadian scientists and their supporters held an unprecedented protest march on Tuesday to demonstrate against the government’s decision to close [...]
Science community to protest research cuts with funeral march.
OTTAWA — A funeral procession — complete with a coffin, black-clad mourners and a scythe-wielding grim reaper — will make its way to Parliament Hill Tuesday as hundreds of scientists from across Canada rally in protest of federal science cuts.
Members of Canada’s scientific community are [...]
Avaaz – ACTA: The new threat to the net. in less than 24 hours, Members of the European Parliament will be voting on ACTA – a new global treaty that could allow corporations to police what we do on the Internet. We can bury this bill! 2.8 million of us are already calling on them [...]
London’s dystopian Olympics: criminal sanctions for violating the exclusivity of sponsors’ brands – Boing Boing. [Cory is a Canadian science fiction writer, and an anti-censorship activist with an international following on his blog about technology. This essay talks about how corporations even try to brand the year "2012" -- mb]
Call for Ray Bradbury to be Honored with ’451′ Internet Censored Message | Common Dreams. (perhaps we could use 451 for Mr. Harper’s call at RIO+20 to censor environmental groups as well – MB)
Tim Bray, a fan of Bradbury’s writing, is recommending to the Internet Engineering Task Force, which governs such choices, that [...]
UN Calls Quebec’s Bill 78 Alarming.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is criticizing Quebec’s Bill 78, a new law that imposes strict limits on student protests.
Navi Pillay spoke out about the special law in her opening address at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday morning. In a speech [...]
Canadian cops want to add a spying tax to phone bills to pay for warrantless wiretapping – Boing Boing.
(well well – attack your civil liberties and CHARGE YOU FOR IT!) This from Cory Doctorow, as you probably know, who is …. Canadian!)
Michael Geist, “One of the major unanswered questions about Bill C-30, Canada’s [...]
NEWS: Harper hits pause on C-30, the Web surveillance act.
The Globe and Mail reports, “The Harper government is temporarily parking controversial legislation that would grant new powers to authorities to police the Internet while it consults on how to rewrite it to assuage privacy concerns among Canadians and within caucus. …Rattled by a public [...]
Canadian Scientists Told By Ottawa Which Findings Make Press, Panel Tells Global Research Community.
VANCOUVER – For almost three weeks after David Tarasick published findings about one of the largest ozone holes ever discovered above the Arctic, the federal scientist was barred from breathing a word about it to the media.
Kristi Miller was [...]
FROM PEN CANADA: Friday, January 27, 2012, at 7pm at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
PEN Writer-in-Exile committee member and author of ‘Prisoner of Tehran‘, Marina Nemat, will be interviewed onstage as part of CBC’s Canada Reads ongoing events. Nemat will be talking about her life growing-up in Iran as well as bringing [...]
Get Ready to Burn Through Some Books.
Today kicks off Banned Books Week: the Huffington Post Canada and Indigo have teamed up to bring our readers’ attention to books that have been banned or challenged, both in North America and around the world. Starting tomorrow, we will feature one noteworthy book per day that has [...]
PEN CANADA CELEBRATES FREEDOM TO READ WEEK Event: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hate A panel discussion about hate speech, censorship, and free expression. Moderated by Steve Paikin of TVO’s The Agenda. Date: February 25, 7pm Tickets $10 at the door. Location: Toronto Reference Library Atrium, 789 Yonge St. “PEN CANADA assists [...]