Highlights / protection

International, Internet, Science and 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» 

Economy, Environment, International, Politics, Society

An international crackdown on wildlife crime and smuggling

Interpol once again launched a vast and widespread operation involving 109 countries to crack down on poaching, smuggling and wildlife crime. Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers took part in this third edition of a global operation by customs» 

Society

Political parties asked to respect elector’s privacy

Canada’s political parties are being asked to adopt privacy policies to protect the data they collect about voters. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Chief Electoral Officer have issued a statement reminding political parties that they are required to» 

Environment

Sable Island gets funding for restoration, protection

The Canadian government has announced it will provide $3.4 million for a national park which is home to one of the largest dune systems in eastern North America. Sable Island National Park Reserve sits 156 km off Canada’s Atlantic shore» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology

Canadians warned to beware of election interference

Canadians will vote in a federal election in October 2019 and the government is taking steps to combat interference. “Foreign and malicious actors are becoming more creative at using online platforms to manipulate opinions,” says a government statement. Several measures» 

Environment

World is losing wetlands, critical benefits, say conservationists

The world has lost 64 per cent of its wetlands and the benefits they provide, says Dan Kraus, a senior biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a national land conservation non-profit. A Government of Canada website on wetlands says:» 

Environment, International, Society

Don’t gift exotic pets, urges non-profit

World Animal Protection is urging people to not give or ask for exotic animals for Christmas. A survey suggests that 10 per cent of Canadians own such animals with freshwater fish as the most common one followed by exotic birds,» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Smart cities threaten privacy, freedom, warns expert

The former privacy commissioner of Ontario recently resigned from a project to create a smart city in Toronto because there are no guarantees the collection of personal data would be kept private. Privacy is fundamental to freedom, says Ann Cavoukian,» 

International, Politics, Society

Canada must act to protect independent journalism, says lawyer

A Canadian lawyer is calling on the government to change Canada’s law so that a criminal act against a journalist carries a stiffer than usual penalty. Toronto lawyer David Butt says this would send a message to the world about» 

Society

Shipwrecks, other submerged sites to be protected

CBC reports the Canadian government is planning new regulations to protect  underwater wrecks and historical sites. Now, there is only a patchwork of rules put in place by provincial and territorial governments. Tens of thousands of shipwrecks Canada has over»