Jul 262016
2016-07-26  StatsCan looking for powers to make all surveys mandatory, compel data from companies

In July,  StatsCan sketched out the new powers it wants (below).   With legislation expected in the fall. What happened in the fall?:    2016-09-26  Statistics Canada eyes end to short-form census, CBC Many thanks to Karen for sending in: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/statistics-canada-powers-force-mandatory-1.3695969  Liberals have promised to give Statistics Canada more freedom from government influence By Jordan Press, The Canadian […]

Jul 142016
2016-07-12   University:   Canadian researchers who commit scientific fraud are protected by privacy law.  Toronto Star.   AND response.

The publicly funded agency responsible for policing scientific fraud is keeping secret the details surrounding these researchers. Their names, where they worked, and what they did wrong is protected under privacy laws.   MY RESPONSE, FOLLOWED BY THE ARTICLE  This is an extremely important article.    It opens a door through which more information can flow.   Many […]

Jul 102016
2014-03-04   U.S. pushes Canada to loosen privacy laws, Huffington Post

By Daniel Tencer The U.S. government is prodding Ottawa and some provinces to overhaul their privacy laws and allow Canadians’ personal data to be hosted on U.S. servers. PAUL J. RICHARDS via Getty Images In its latest report on international trade barriers, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (OUSTR) criticized federal and provincial regulations […]

Jun 142016

I did not know about the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup  in Paris, 1942.  Many French people were likewise in the dark. Bless Tatiana de Rosnay for her compelling novel, Sarah’s Key.  She says: I was . . .  appalled by what I discovered concerning the Vel’ d’ Hiv’ Roundup, especially about what happened to those 4,000 Jewish children, and […]

Jun 142016

http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2016/06/13/mackay-says-he-regrets-failure-to-buy-new-fighter-planes/#.V2A7aunmo3F   By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press   OTTAWA — Buying a fighter jet that’s different from the one used by Canada’s closest allies risks disconnecting the country from the global alliances it needs the most, a former Conservative defence minister said Monday. Peter MacKay told a Senate committee that in his mind, there’s no question […]

Jun 132016
2016-06-10   Lockheed Martin warns it will pull $825M in F-35 contracts if Canada buys another jet,   CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stealth-fighter-contracts-1.3629403 Canadian companies could stand to lose at least $10B over lifetime of aircraft An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on display at naval yard in Maryland in January. (Yuri Gripas / Reuters) U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin is warning Canada that $825 million in aerospace industrial contracts signed with Canadian companies to build and equip F-35 jets would […]

Jun 072016

The link to Dr. Nutt’s excellent TED Talk.  http://www.ted.com/talks/samantha_nutt_the_real_harm_of_the_global_arms_trade “War is ours,” she says. “We buy it, sell it, spread it and wage it. We are therefore not powerless to solve it.” ACTION?   Will you forward to your friends?   TED Talks are popular.  The number of views should hit 1 million with some help from […]

Jun 062016
2016-06-06   Official correspondence reveals lack of scrutiny of MI5's data collection   (Census, Lockheed Martin, Privacy of Personal Info)

Not mentioned in this article about confidential UK Government letters released by Privacy International: the similarities to alarms sounded in the UK, Canada, Australia and the U.S. over intelligence services and surveillance.   A few examples: 2014-09-26 Journalists and whistleblowers will go to jail under new national security laws, Australia, The Guardian. (Includes info on Five […]