[nSLUG] Fwd: Breaking! Big Brother comes to Canada...

Michael Crawford mdcrawford at gmail.com
Fri Feb 20 15:39:27 AST 2015

I'm not Canadian - I'm a US citizen - but I lived in Canada for
several years, with the intention of becoming a Canadian citizen

Among the reasons I am back in the United States is that I feel I can
do better at solving my mother country's problems, than I could

My ex-wife Bonita Hatcher is a proud Canadian patriot, as well as very
much an environmentalist.

Just now I came across a post at Reddit, by an American citizen who
now resides in an Arab Spring country.  What he has to say is quite


Michael David Crawford, Consulting Software Engineer
mdcrawford at gmail.com

   Available for Software Development in the Portland, Oregon Metropolitan

On Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 11:28 AM, Robin Murray <nibor.yarrum at gmail.com> wrote:
> There's a video campaign from leadnow that needs funding:
> https://leadnow.netdonor.net/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1694&ea.campaign.id=35874&ea.url.id=363688
> --
> Robin Murray
> Hatchet Lake,
> Nova Scotia
> Canada
> On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 3:06 PM, Jack Warkentin <jwark at bellaliant.net> wrote:
>> Hi Everybody
>> I know this is away off topic, but I feel very strongly that every Canadian
>> should sign this petition.
>> Regards
>> Jack
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject:        Breaking! Big Brother comes to Canada...
>> Date:   Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:53:38 -0500
>> From:   Danny Auron - Avaaz <avaaz at avaaz.org>
>> To:     jwark at bellaliant.net <jwark at bellaliant.net>
>> /Breaking news: A new RCMP report
>> <http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/9-weirdest-things-about-rcmp-intelligence-report-anti-petroleum-movement>
>> identifies the environmental movement as a threat to the petroleum
>> industry. This could open the door to being suspected of terrorism under the
>> new Big Brother bill, ramping up surveillance for protesters, so share this
>> with everyone! /
>> Dear friends across Canada,
>> <https://secure.avaaz.org/en/canada_secret_police/?bSnqTbb&v=53765>
>> PM Harper wants to create *a new law that would let spies get permission to
>> break into our homes.* But there's time to stop this Big Brother bill if we
>> show our politicians we won't stand for it -- *click now to take action*:
>> <https://secure.avaaz.org/en/canada_secret_police/?bSnqTbb&v=53765>
>> They won't be able to kill or harm us, or "violate our sexual integrity" --
>> but the Prime Minister*just introduced a new anti-terrorism act that could
>> let CSIS do just about anything else*. Unless we make this Big Brother bill
>> politically untouchable.
>> And worse, Stephen Harper is using the fear of terrorism to give our spy
>> agency crazy new powers like letting them get *secret warrants to break into
>> our houses, copy or take documents, and even install monitoring devices*.
>> But we can still show him we won't let trumped up fears override our
>> freedoms.
>> The Conservative and Liberal parties are planning to vote for the bill
>> -- and the only way to stop it is to show them that Canadians value
>> freedom more than fear. *When 50,000 join* we'll build a non-partisan
>> coalition of freedom-loving Canadians, and use every tactic in our
>> toolbox to*persuade MPs and Senators to split from their parties*.
>> Click now to join:
>> https://secure.avaaz.org/en/canada_secret_police/?bSnqTbb&v=53765
>> <https://secure.avaaz.org/en/canada_secret_police/?bSnqTbb&v=53765>
>> In 2006, PM *Harper warned that "You won't recognize Canada when I'm
>> through with it"*, and now he's making that promise come true. Under
>> this bill, peaceful protests that break a law and challenge Canada's
>> economic stability -- possibly even protests against a tar sands
>> pipeline -- could be considered terrorism. Harper's poisonous
>> fearmongering threatens our freedoms, but we can make this bill
>> political poison to any MP supporting it.
>> Harper's implied that the horrific attacks in Ottawa and
>> St-Jean-sur-Richelieu make this bill necessary. But experts say that our
>> *security agencies already have the powers needed *to stop terror
>> attacks, and there's no proven link between these lone killers and
>> terrorist groups.
>> This is an election year, and analysts say that leaders who oppose this
>> law risk being seen as soft on terror. *If we can show our politicians
>> that this isn't true -- that our basic freedoms can not be traded for
>> fear -- we can win.*
>> Click now to take action:
>> https://secure.avaaz.org/en/canada_secret_police/?bSnqTbb&v=53765
>> <https://secure.avaaz.org/en/canada_secret_police/?bSnqTbb&v=53765>
>> Prime Minister Harper is always telling us that we're at war, and now
>> he's trying to turn this fear against us and trample on our rights. Our
>> community is bigger than this fear. Let's stand up to the government and
>> show them that when it comes to our freedoms, Canadians stand united.
>> With hope,
>> Danny, Jo, Ari, Ricken, and the rest of the Avaaz team
>> Parliament must reject Harper's secret policeman bill (Globe and Mail)
>> http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/parliament-must-reject-harpers-secret-policeman-bill/article22729037/
>> Anti-terror bill: Experts worry about sweeping powers for CSIS (Ottawa
>> Citizen)
>> http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/anti-terror-bill-experts-worry-about-sweeping-powers-for-csis
>> Security bill risks too much (Winnipeg Free Press)
>> http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/security-bill-risks-too-much-290752621.html
>> Canada Seeks to Strengthen Spy Agency After Attacks (New York Times)
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/31/world/americas/canada-seeks-to-strengthen-spy-agency-after-attacks.html?_r=0
>> 'Anti-petroleum' movement a growing security threat to Canada, RCMP say
>> (Globe and Mail)
>> http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/anti-petroleum-movement-a-growing-security-threat-to-canada-rcmp-say/article23019252/
>> *
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>> --
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