A sad day of note in Canadian political history, as Parliament Hill was under gunfire today. A soldier was also shot at the nearby War Memorial.
Putting the day’s events into perspective though, are Canadians less safe today because of our political leader’s choice to take us to war in Iraq against ISIS? Possibly. That threat shouldn’t mean a single change to our daily lives though, since we don’t alter our behaviour to avoid the much more deadly threat of being killed by a home-grown drunk driver.
I’m collecting reports as this unfolds, because it will be interesting to see who got what wrong.
“Credible sources tell @SunNewsNetwork there may be as many as five active shooters in #Ottawa sunnewsnetwork .ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2014/10/20141022-100348.html “
If I was still in Ottawa, I’d be on the Hill tomorrow, inviting others to watch the partial solar eclipse through my camera.
ADDED 1:25pm SK time (MDT)
A body is seen 2 minutes later:
Alison at Creekside has a much better summary of what’s happening behind the scenes on the RoboCon movie than I could hope to write. Warning: If you keep reading though, you may feel the urge to spend $20 or more dollars toward exposing Canada’s most effective election fraud criminals.
Ten minute promotional video on an investigative documentary in production which previews preliminary interviews. from The Script & Film Co. on Vimeo.
MP for north shore Montreal, Charmaine Borg, made a presentation at the UofR this morning.
Of the things she noted was that cell phones are tracking devices, and Canadians have no way to follow their information to know who has it.
Charmaine met Erin and said she had an important question for him. She instantly asked him the question Hoback did; it was funny.
Privacy contracts are not decipherable by some lawyers let alone teens.
Borg: it’s “extremely problematic” the Conservatives scrap a census as a “#privacy violation”, while using cyber back door to violate us.
Some behind the scenes numbers about Elections Canada’s impotent investigation into illegal robocalls…
[note Prime Contact, which came up in the blogosphere earlier this week.]
81. At the national level, the Conservative Party, using data from its Constituent Information Management System (CIMS) database, called through two primary telemarketing companies: Responsive Marketing Group (RMG) for live calls, and RackNine for automated calls. Individual candidate campaigns used a variety of telemarketers. For its part, the Liberal Party used its Liberalist database and called electors through two telemarketing companies, Prime Contact and First Contact, while individual candidate campaigns used several telemarketers …
83. They were unable to establish the content of that call or determine that the call received was the one about which the elector submitted a complaint. As a result, in many cases, it was simply not possible to gather any information confirming the allegation made by a given complainant that he or she had received an inappropriate call.
So, because there was no recording of the crime, investigators and Elections Canada overlooked the testimony of witnesses from whom they were able to obtain evidence of phone calls made to those multiple people with the same complaint?!
If you watch this, turn down the sound a bit, read the captions, and prepare to laugh loudly.
In early March 2012, I asked the same, putting the question to major political parties and Elections Canada.
“Why doesn’t Elections Canada just check the Conservative’s voter information database (CIMS) for who queried the phone numbers used for illegal robocalls? “
Elections Canada can’t explain the indefensible stupidity in their “investigation”.
If the CPC was cooperating with the investigation, why did it take nearly three months for Hamilton to arrange an interview with Guelph campaign worker Andrew Prescott for lead investigator Al Mathews, and why did national campaign director Jenni Byrne advise Prescott not to talk to Mathews before she talked to a lawyer?
Recall last year when the media begged me to clarify that my satirical piece about Elections Canada giving up, was satire? It actually hit too close to home.
“After 34 months on the scent of corruption most foul, Elections Canada may soon be calling off the hounds.”
SATIRE: “Commissioner Yevs Cote told Postmedia’s Stephen McMaher, “It’s been really difficult for investigators to obtain evidence when the trail led to the United States, as we have no power there.””
REALITY: “[Pierre Poutine] created an email address for himself — firstname.lastname@example.org When EC investigators tried to get account information for that address, Google claimed that it was an American company that operated under American law and did not have to comply with the court order.”
It apparently doesn’t matter if the Canadian spy agencies don’t spy on Canadians. To be clear though, the Ed Snowden leaks make it clear that they do spy on us.
Canada’s intelligence agency deliberately kept the country’s Federal Court “in the dark” to bypass the law in order to outsource its spying on Canadian citizens abroad to foreign security agencies, a federal judge said.
Federal Court Judge, Richard Mosley, has slammed the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for knowingly misleading him on numerous occasions.
Why does a telephone company get charged with paying $21,000 for breaching privacy, but CSIS and CSEC continue to violate all Canadians privacy in similarly damaging manners? Why the double standard in law enforcement?
ADDED: If you need me to explain why these two privacy stories go together, let me know.
1.) Canada cloud haven? The NSA is supposed to spy on non-Americans.
2.)CSEC admits it spies on Canadians “incidentally”.