- Internet giant Google is vowing to fight a search warrant demanding
that Edina police be able to collect information on any resident who
used certain search terms as authorities try to locate a thief who
swindled a resident out of $28,500.
MONTREAL - Jeff McCarthy was fined
$221 for carrying a concealed weapon in his sock:
a ceremonial knife called a
Pit bull ban
Montreal has passed its
controversial animal control bylaw that will ban new ownership of pit
bull and pit bull-type dogs.
council ignoring failures
New French database
PARIS - The massive database, known as
Secure Electronic Documents (TES), was
decreed by the government on Oct 30.
The database will include: the
first and last names, address, eye colour, weight, marital status, a
photograph and the fingerprints of nearly everyone in France.
OTTAWA - The
Act, which governs how the federal government uses Canadians'
personal information, has not been substantially changed since it was
introduced in 1983.
(Toronto Star) PREVIOUS:
WASHINGTON - Freedom of Information Act (Foia)
researcher Ryan Shapiro alleges 'failure by design' in the DoJ's
protocols for responding to public requests. (Guardian)
NEW YORK - New York Sen. Charles Schumer has dubbed
Outdoor Americas' so-called
'spying billboards,'' warning the service may violate privacy rights
by tracking people's cellphone data via the ad space.
NEW YORK - Within half an hour of Robert De Niro's
Film Festival posting on Facebook that it had scheduled an April
viewing of Vaxxed,
the highly controversial anti-vaccine documentary, a well-oiled
network of scientists, autism experts, vaccine advocacy groups,
film-makers and sponsors cranked into gear to oppose it.
Film festival drops film
According to the NL provincial government's website,
open data is defined as 'the release of government datasets in
accessible formats for use and re-use by anyone for any purpose.'
This crowdsourcing apporach is cheaper, faster and perhaps, even more
effect than relying on politicians and bureaucrats to get things done.
and its Toronto journalist Ben Makuch want Ontario Superior Court to
quash an order that they hand over material related to their
interviews with a suspected terrorist to the RCMP.
Royalty returned to Runnymede 800 years after a group of rebellious
barons forced a medieval king to put his seal on a historic document
that established the foundations of parliamentary democracy, human
rights and the supremacy of law.
Minister accused of hypocrisy
Big brother in the media -
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Mom found not guilty
WINNIPEG - A
Manitoba court acquitted a Winnipeg mother in a case involving a
6-year-old child left home alone for an hour and a half.
charged with child abandonment for intentionally leaving the boy
unattended for 90 minutes.
Stop nudging me
by two guys named Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, is on the face of
it quite benign.
Last summer, Bill Marczak stumbled across
a program that could spy on your iPhone's contact list and messages -
and even record your calls. Illuminating shadowy firms that sell
spyware to corrupt governments across the globe, Marczak's story
reveals the new arena of cyber-warfare.
Play taken out of playground
TORONTO - As the city, the school board
and other agencies install the newest generation of CSA Group-approved
equipment the more traditional elements have been scrapped in the name
of risk management.
(Globe & Mail)
Legal black hole
VANCOUVER - In a story worthy of a
cloak-and-dagger spy thriller, the lawyer representing the groups was
forbidden from discussing anything that took place at a restricted
hearing of the
CSIS watchdog committee (SIRC).
MONTREAL - When the
Quebec Human Rights Commission ordered
to pay $35,000 to
for making fun of the former child star with a disability, the
reactions were fierce and polarized.
Some of the biggest names in
Jerry Seinfeld, have publicly
complained that the climate of political correctness is stifling their
art form. (CBC)
Persinger, a professor at
Laurentian University has been removed
from teaching an introductory psychology class after requesting that
students sign a waiver agreeing to his use of vulgar language.
Court blasts PSC for rigid formalism
Public Service Commission
Vet faces court martial over rude remark
Homeland 'fix' checkpoint failures
WASHINGTON - The inspector general for the
Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that he is investigating
the leak of classified information from an undercover operation in
which investigators were able to slip through airport security with
weapons and phony bombs more than 95% of the time.
(Washington Post) MORE:
'State Secrets' = CYA
of freedom in wake of 911
Detained for 2 years
VICTORIA - David and Nancy Varcoe's
bureaucratic odyssey began when she was admitted to the Penticton, BC,
hospital for emergency treatment in late 2010. She was then
transferred to a care facility in March 2011 and held there until May
2013 despite her wishes to be discharged.
Woman held against her will
Student 'dealer' suspended
LETHBRIDGE - A Grade 12 student in Lethbridge, AB, was suspended for dealing
Pepsi to fellow students out of his locker.
Commissioner examines study
OTTAWA - Canada's privacy commissioner says
it will contact the company for details on
Facebook's participation in a mass experiment
whereby it manipulated the news feeds of 700,000 users to make them
more positive or negative, in an attempt to alter their mood one way
or the other.
Sitting in judgment
GANDER - A mother in central
Newfoundland says she was surprised and upset when a Wal-Mart employee
said she couldn't pick up her photos because they were flagged as
"inappropriate" by a processing technician.
citizens a concern
OTTAWA - Training for
frontline officers and better information sharing between police and
government agencies can help protect law enforcement officials from
potentially aggressive "Sovereign
citizen," says a newly
declassified briefing to Canadian police chiefs. (CP)
UK surveillance spin
LONDON - UK Internet
suppliers will have to block access to pornography unless customers opt
to receive it, an effort to help parents stop children viewing
unsuitable material. (Bloomberg) MORE:
Porn to be blocked by default
Child abuse search pop-ups
Cross border data bank
OTTAWA - The CBSA says it plans to retain
personal details gleaned from the Canada-US initiative for 15 years.
$7 fee to get into Canada
V2V decision coming
will decide whether or not to
begin the rulemaking process to mandate that newly manufactured cars
include “vehicle-to-vehicle” (V2V)
communications technology that constantly broadcasts via radio wave the
car’s location, direction, speed and, possibly, even the number of
passengers it is carrying. (CNS)
CIA officials have for years intentionally deceived parts of the
agency workforce by transmitting internal memos that contain false
information about operations and sources overseas, according to
current and former US officials who said the practice is known by the