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Canada's spying bill and my SOS to the world

A tiny community called out to the world. And the world answered. Foreign aid arrived in Canada courtesy of environmental organizations which, if you'll remember, dear Reader, are "radical groups" with "radical agendas" trying to "derail" the Northern Gateway Pipeline project. Our radical agenda, backed by independent science, demands acknowledgement that the continued expansion of the tar sands is killing the environment, people, creatures. Our audacity to challenge the continued expansion to the tar sands, including the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. It's likely the HarperCon governments' condemnation of the earth-based movement was a way of side-railing or discrediting the documentary, Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands. The documentary is billed as:

A two-hour visual tour de force, taking viewers inside the David and Goliath struggle playing out within one of the most compelling environmental issues of our time. In an oil-scarce world, we know there are sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of energy. What no one expected was that a tiny Native community downriver from Canada’s oil sands would reach out to the world, and be heard.

Tipping Point follows the people of Fort Chipewyan as they take their case to the world. They live downstream from the tar sands. And they are dying. The world heard their plea. Science spoke. The world heard the science. And acted. The HarperCon government silenced its own scientists, defended climate change denial science, gutted environmental programs and greenbaited those who, like The Regina Mom, stand up to this abuse of power. And now the government proposes to silence citizens.

On Valentine's Day, 2012, the HarperCon Government introduced An Act to enact the Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act and to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts, a.k.a. the Spy Bill in the House of Commons. Their framing of Bill C-30 draws on G. W. Bush-era "with us or against us" politics, saying that Canadians have a choice to either "stand with us or with the child pornographers."

NDP Opposition Critic, Charlie Angus, does not like it, says it is "an unprecedented bill that undermines the privacy rights of Canadians" and that it will turn a cell phone into an "electronic prisoners' bracelet." Watch this extended coverage of the NDP's response to Bill C-30.

The citizen group Open Media doesn't like it, either.

The government has just tabled an online spying plan that will allow authorities to access the private information of any Canadian at any time, without a warrant.If they are successful your personal information could be caught up in a digital dragnet and entered into a giant unsecure registry of private data.

By forcing digital service providers to install costly online surveillance infrastructure, this scheme will create red tape for online innovators and businesses. It takes Canada in the wrong direction -- a dangerous move when families are already falling behind during unstable economic times.

This warrantless online spying plan will invade your privacy and cost you money. If we care about privacy, the open Internet, our economy and our basic democratic rights, it's time to tell Ottawa to stop this irresponsible plan NOW.

Dear Reader, The Regina Mom fears that Canada is heading down the road to becoming a closed society. Please watch Tipping Point and stand with us to stop the Canadian government. Email Charlie Angus and NDP Leader Nycole Turmel. Email the Prime Minister, and the minister responsible for this legislation, Vic Toews, too, if you like. Be creative. Do whatever you can think of to do. But please do something. Please help Canadians save their country. Please consider this my message in a bottle.

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