Feb 042017

December 12,  2016    The Government announced Amendments to the Statistics Act   – –  details at  http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=18049.   Should I have sent out an action alert?   (I didn’t.) The changes to the Act have been made, but are not in effect yet – – the Bill (C-36) has not received Royal Assent as of Feb 3. […]

Aug 012016

August 1 update:  see appended note I sent to the Reporter, Kevin Libin.    And his appreciated reply. I removed the copy of his article from this posting (I would have had to pay $250).   To view the article,  please copy and insert into your search engine: Statistics Canada makes a shrewd power grab – while it can.  […]

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 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 […]

May 242016

Our democracy can be a powerful dynamic force for justice and equality but it can also When people’s fallibility takes precedence over their goodness then horrific things are done in the name of democracy   Serendipity.   I was answering Brad’s question about the viability of StatsCan.    2016-05-20  Was there at any point an historical Statistics […]

Feb 062016

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS     (My replies are italicized) STUDENT FROM PHILOSOPHY CLASS,  TRUTH AND PROPAGANDA (Reference  “Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion”, by Professor Randal Marlin) RE your statement:    former Chief Statistician agrees with the premise of your second reason (Charter Right to Privacy). He states that while the mandatory collection of personal information is in […]

Jan 242016

Liberal Commitment to the Charter of Rights and Freedom: Prime Minister J Trudeau mandated Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould (Attorney General): … You are expected to ensure that the rights of Canadians are protected, that our work demonstrates the greatest possible commitment to respecting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and that our government seeks to fulfill […]

Jan 242016

January 9,  after reading news reports like 2016-01-07 Statistics Canada Ready To Deliver Long-Form Census For 2016,  having had no success with Ministers Responsible for the Census, for Democratic Institutions and for Charter Rights, I phoned one of the two Parliamentary Secretaries to the Minister of Justice.  The attendant who answered the phone was attentive.  We discussed;  I followed up […]