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Canada watchdog body to hold secret hearings over illegal spying claims

A government watchdog in Canada is preparing to hold a series of closed-door hearings to weigh accusations that the country’s intelligence services illegally spied on law-abiding activists opposing the construction of oil pipelines. 259 more words

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Senior spy to testify as federal watchdog considers whether CSIS went too far in eyeing environmental activists

A civil liberties group says it’s being kept in the dark as a federal watchdog begins looking at whether the Canadian Security Intelligence Service went too far in eyeing environmental activists. 560 more words

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Despite popularity, majority of Canadians haven’t seen or read stories on terror bill: poll

OTTAWA —Support for the Conservatives’ contentious anti-terrorism bill may poll high among Canadians, but do the backers know what they’re standing behind?

Perhaps not.

An Angus Reid poll released Thursday suggested… 631 more words

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Doctor-assisted death gets its day in court

One of the most hotly disputed legal and ethical issues of our time is set to return to the national stage Friday with the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on doctor-assisted death. 864 more words

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Calgary man runs afoul of law trying to rescue sister in Sri Lanka

Ryan de Hoedt’s thoughts read like a desperate broken record. From morning until the time he goes to sleep, he recites a single prayer ­— that his sister will live another day. 1,292 more words

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Academics and privacy groups call for changes to electronic surveillance

Dozens of privacy experts and civil liberties organizations are demanding the government come clean about its digital spying and put in place safeguards against unwarranted surveillance. 379 more words

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Babies can serve time with their moms in prison, rules B.C. judge

By Keven Drews

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s government violated the rights of incarcerated mothers when it cancelled a program allowing inmates to serve time with their babies, a B.C. 531 more words

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