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CANSEC 2015– warfare exhibit in Ottawa : Ottawa defies international law- Warmongers on Display“ PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:02

 

- Joan Russow (PhD)

Global Compliance Research Project

 

 

“The two-day trade show will be held on May 27-28, 2015, with the business development program extended to a third day, May 29th. CANSEC 2015 will also feature 53 new exhibit booths, bringing the total number of booths to 695. Come and join the projected 11,000 registrants and over 30 international delegations and embassies at CANSEC 2015”

 

Yet again Ottawa is defying international law in hosting CANSEC:

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May has been a bad month for Harper PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:17

GERALD CAPLAN

 

 


Gerald Caplan is an Africa scholar, former NDP national director and a regular panelist on CBC’s Power and Politics.

May has been a splendid month for foes of the Harper government. It’s been one humiliation after another, with only two exceptions all of its own making. Stephen Harper’s rancid chickens are coming home to roost.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:22
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AFN Chief Says Defeat of Bill on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Undermines Govt Commitments to First Nations and Canadians PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 09 May 2015 13:25

May 6, 2015

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says that today’s vote in the House of Commons to defeat Private Member’s Bill C-641, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, undermines Canada’s claims to be a country that respects and acts on the human rights of Indigenous peoples. 

“The same government that endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has now actively defeated a bill that would compel Canada to act on its endorsement,” said National Chief Bellegarde.  “This is a betrayal of Canada’s commitments to First Nations and all its citizens.  Canada consistently pretends to be a defender of human rights on the international stage while working to undermine those same rights here at home.” 

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 May 2015 13:33
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Gagging officials for life in the name of secrecy is overkill: Editorial PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 20 April 2015 06:10

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s lifelong gag order on top officials is secrecy overkill.

DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ottawa’s new gag order on officials who deal in state secrets will deter those who oversee Canada’s security operations from ever talking about matters the government wants kept secret.

 

By DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2014/03/13/gagging_officials_for_life_in_the_name_of_secrecy_is_overkill_editorial.html

 

 

Zap! You’re muzzled. Forever. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has just slapped a lifelong gag order on some of Ottawa’s top officials and lawyers in the name of national security.

The people affected range from Harper’s national security adviser and staff to officials in the Privy Council Office and justice department who deal with foreign and defence policy and security and intelligence. They also include lawyers who work with Canada’s super-secret Communications Security Establishment and the justice department. The gag order, quietly published in the Canada Gazette, covers former officials as well. In short, pretty much everyone in high places who has ever glimpsed a secret file.

As the Star’s Alex Boutilier reported Thursday, they now face up to 14 years for disclosing “special operational information” without permission. That’s a huge net that covers everything Canada is trying to keep secret including confidential sources, plans for military operations, covert intelligence collection, the identity of spies, coding and encryption, and any “information or intelligence” that relates to a foreign entity or terror group.

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Ottawa's 'Strong Proud Free' slogan can't be explained because it's a secret PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 April 2015 19:13

149-page proposal labelled 'advice to Cabinet,' won't be revealed for two decades

By Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 16, 2015 6:15 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 16, 2015 6:15 PM ET

The genesis of the Harper government's

The genesis of the Harper government's "Strong Proud Free" slogan that is currently bombarding Canadian television viewers is considered a cabinet confidence and will be sealed from public scrutiny for 20 years. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

 

Strong. Proud. Free. And a state secret.

 

The genesis of the Harper government's "Strong Proud Free" slogan that is currently bombarding Canadian television viewers is considered a cabinet confidence and will be sealed from public scrutiny for 20 years.

A request by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act seeking any background rationale for the tagline, which is being used to punctuate all the latest taxpayer-funded advertising, has come up empty

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 20:50
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