RCMP admits to cellphone spying

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher Finally. After years of obfuscation, the RCMP has admitted they are using invasive surveillance devices known as IMSI-catchers or Stingrays to spy on Canadians’ cell phones. The admission came early last month, seemingly prompted by revelations from CBC News that Stingray devices had been in use in downtown Ottawa and … Read more

Trans-Pacific Partnership mistakes never to be repeated

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Meghan Sali By now, most of you have heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping international agreement brokered between 12 nations across the Pacific region, including Canada and the US. Although often referred to as a trade deal, in reality, the TPP would have had profound impacts on the lives of … Read more

Public consultation is a real chance to repeal unpopular legislation

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher It’s here. Almost a year into their mandate, the Liberal government has finally launched its long awaited public consultation on Bill C-51, and a broad range of privacy and national security issues. Speaking at the launch, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said they had already … Read more

Quebec’s Bill 74 on a slippery slope to censorship

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher Province to block gambling sites not approved by government • Internet censorship. Website block lists. Stiff financial penalties for Internet providers who allow their customers to view sites forbidden by the government. This may the stuff of day-to-day life in authoritarian regimes, but it’s certainly not what you’d expect to … Read more