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International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Recognize privacy as a human right, urge world’s guardians

Canada’s privacy commissioner has joined counterparts from around the world to urge that privacy be recognized as a fundamental human right which is vital to the protection of other democratic rights. Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien and international counterparts adopted »

Politics, Society

French-speaking Ontarians ‘losing a pillar’: report

French-speaking people are a  minority in the province of Ontario and, as of May 1, 2019, they will no longer have an independent commissioner to advance their language rights. The current French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario Francois Boileau has »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Former cabinet minister violated ethics law

Canada’s former minister of public safety has been found to have violated conflict of interest rules. The ethics commissioner Mary Dawson issued a report showing that Vic Toews worked for two indigenous communities too soon after he left office in »

Politics, Society

Ethics watchdog in a conflict of interest?

Canada’s ethics commissioner, Mary Dawson, must divulge whether she is asking the prime minister to appoint her for another term, says Duff Conacher, co-founder of the advocacy group Democracy Watch. He says, she may be in a conflict of interest »

Politics, Society

Government failing to protect privacy of citizens, says watchdog

Canada’s privacy commissioner says the government has not properly assessed the impacts on citizens’ privacy since it passed its sweeping anti-terrorist law incorporating Bill C-51. In his annual report, Commissioner Daniel Therrien expressed surprise that many government agencies did not examine how »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

End ‘free ride’ for big water users, says watchdog

It’s time to end the virtual “free ride” given to companies granted permits to take large quantities of water in Ontario, says that province’s environmental watchdog. In her yearly report, acting environmental commissioner Ellen Schwartzel says the government has made »

International, Society

U.S. data mining worries Canadian privacy advocates

Canada’s privacy watchdog is expressing “significant concerns” about a U.S. program to gather data from internet and global telephone use. Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada plans to find out how the personal information of Canadians may be affected. Prism »