Just when you think you’ve seen it all…

... you see this story: "   Chuck Strahl, Chairman of the federal body which oversees Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), has registered to lobby on behalf of Enbridge’s ‘Northern Gateway Pipelines Limited Partnership’. ~snip~ "Strahl replaced disgraced Chairman Dr. Arthur Porter, who is currently in a Panamanian jail facing a range of … Continue reading Just when you think you’ve seen it all…

This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Leaks help countries stand up to U.S abuse of power.

This week’s topic: Do recent revelations of U.S. spying on its allies do more harm than good? "I had to pinch myself after reading Brent’s column this week — and hard. His laughable comparison of the recent spying allegations against the U.S to eavesdropping on social chatter at a party had me thinking I must … Continue reading This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Leaks help countries stand up to U.S abuse of power.

“He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.” ~ George Orwell

The hypocrisy of Stephen Harper's recent announcement that he would be boycotting the big grand poo-bah's summit in Sri Lanka next month is stunning. The lack of comment on it thus far, even more so. According to reports from overseas: " Canada will skip the meeting because of  what Harper called “serious violations of human rights and … Continue reading “He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.” ~ George Orwell

This week’s column for 24HRS Vancouver: Snowden did citizens a service leaking surveillance secrets

The winner of last week’s duel on Canadian oil transportation was Laila Yuile with 64%. This week’s topic: Is Edward Snowden a whistleblower who deserves asylum in Russia or a traitor who should be tried and convicted in the U.S.? Last year on my blog, I posted a transcript from a talk given by retired … Continue reading This week’s column for 24HRS Vancouver: Snowden did citizens a service leaking surveillance secrets

This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Right to privacy should stay strong in face of acts of terror

Summer is here, the days are long and after taking a break from the column due to the Canada Day weekend, Brent and I are back at it today with another look at Canada's secret surveillance program. The question this week? Does foiling an alleged terror plot in Victoria justify Canada's secret surveillance program? When … Continue reading This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Right to privacy should stay strong in face of acts of terror

This weeks post for 24 Hrs, The Duel: National Security does not trump our right to privacy.

The winner of last week’s duel on the Senate was Brent Stafford with 51%. This week’s topic: Should the government be allowed to spy on your phone calls and email? As I watched the public reaction following the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden, I shook my head at the ongoing naivety of the public in … Continue reading This weeks post for 24 Hrs, The Duel: National Security does not trump our right to privacy.

Repost from June 2012 : “Playing with the Dragon II – The architects behind Canada’s China Policy.”

At this juncture in Canadian history, as our federal government signs what was passed off as a run of the mill trade deal with China that is cloaked in so much secrecy, it brings to mind questions as to the motivation for such a move. It seems that while many have just begun to realise the depth of … Continue reading Repost from June 2012 : “Playing with the Dragon II – The architects behind Canada’s China Policy.”

Christy being authentically authentic in China raises questions.

Thank goodness I've resolved all technical issues, seems the takedown of Godaddy by Anonymous had a trickle down effect around the world. Anyways, stay calm and carry on and all that...but  it's too late for your post today so watch for that tomorrow. However, I did just notice this coming in over Twitter..... Oh look, … Continue reading Christy being authentically authentic in China raises questions.

“Whistle Blowers and Public Service Governance” – A talk by the Hon.David Kilgour.

I am very lucky that many of my friends and colleagues are truth tellers, and we give each other support- along with those whose stories we tell - knowing full well the ramifications that come with doing so. Truth does not always come without a cost,personal or professional. However, these men and women have not not allowed themselves … Continue reading “Whistle Blowers and Public Service Governance” – A talk by the Hon.David Kilgour.