In Committee from the Senate of Canada: National Defence | CPAC

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Refugee lawyers and civil liberties groups testify as part of the committee?s study on the policies and practices of the Canada Border Services Agency. The witnesses speaking during this committee were Julie Taub, immigration and refugee lawyer, Lorne Waldman, president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, Josh Paterson, executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Sukanya Pillay, executive director and general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Martin Collacott, former ambassador and spokesperson for the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform. The witnesses discuss areas of concern and present recommendations for the CBSA. (March 31, 2014)

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Religious Freedom vs. Equality Rights

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Can traditional religions co-exist with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Recently, a student at York University asked, on religious grounds, to be excused from a study session that would include women. Plus, when religions clash with something else: Downward dog? In Malaysia and Iran, instructors are dialling down the spiritual component of yoga so that it’s in sync with the laws of land.

We called up two lawyers to discuss the York University situation and to a few other heated cases. Natasha Bhakt is an associate professor of law at the University of Ottawa. She specializes in the intersecting area of religious freedom and women’s equality. Sukanya Pillay is the Acting Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

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Teach-in on University e-Services Outsourcing to U.S. Corporations – Part 1

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The extraordinary scope and intensity of NSA surveillance programs have governments and enterprises around the world scrambling to reduce their exposure to rampant state surveillance. Canadian universities? growing outsourcing of their e?services, particularly to US corporations, have put them on the frontline of the debate on how to respond to the recent Snowden revelations. Outsourcing of email, calendaring, data sharing and other communications services promises improved functionality and enhanced collaboration features while saving costs. However, it brings new surveillance risks, especially when contracting with companies involved with the NSA?s PRISM program, such as Microsoft and Google.

This teach?in aims to help affected users, and Canadians more generally, understand the issues at stake as well as contribute to better informed decisions around university e?service outsourcing. The one day event seeks to bring together privacy, security, surveillance and outsourcing experts with representatives of various stakeholders in an open and stimulating exchange of views.

The timing and focus of this teach?in is occasioned by the University of Toronto?s proposed outsourcing of staff and faculty email (UTORmail) to Microsoft. With the official consultation process nearly completed, a decision on the proposal is expected in the coming weeks.

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PrimeTime Politics: November 29, 2011 | CPAC

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The latest political developments surrounding the housing crisis in Attawapiskat, with MPs Linda Duncan (NDP), Kevin Lamoureux (Liberal), and Greg Rickford (Conservative).

What will the privacy implications be in the upcoming border security agreement between Canada and the United States? Martin Stringer speaks with Deepak Obhrai, parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister, and Sukanya Pillay of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Officials from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development discussed the department?s supplementary estimates. CFO Susan MacGowan and her colleagues ?lisabeth Ch?tillon, Janet King and Patrick Borbey responded to questions about the challenges facing aboriginal communities including Attawapiskat, as well as government programs and aid.

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How has 9/11 Changed our World?

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CPAC and Maclean?s host a panel discussion on the global impact of 9/11 ten years later.

As we mark the 10th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in history, CPAC and Maclean?s visit a province forever linked to the events of 9/11 for the latest In Conversation town hall.

Peter Van Dusen, Andrew Coyne, and Paul Wells are joined by former transport minister David Collenette, author and broadcaster Tarek Fatah, and Sukanya Pillay of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

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Policing the police : Northern Ireland’s marching season

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For many people in the Protestant community of Northern Ireland the marching season is something to be celebrated, for many people in the Catholic community its something to be dreaded. Catholic demonstrators and protestors are subject to physical and verbal abuse by the police and their freedom of movement is severely limited.

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