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Privacy Could Vanish if Cyber-Bullying Act Became Law

Privacy Could Vanish if Cyber-Bullying Act Became Law

By | May 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

PEN Canada voiced its concern at revelations that local telecom companies and other service providers disclosed personal information from nearly 800,000 customers in a single year, a practice that would be codified in two bills currently before Parliament.

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Laudable Aim, Questionable Law

Laudable Aim, Questionable Law

By | August 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Following the suicide of Halifax teenager Rehtaeh Parsons in April 2013, cyber-bullying has become the focus of a national debate in Canada. Nova Scotia’s Cyber-Safety Act was drafted with the laudable goal of preventing similar tragedies, but it raises difficult questions about the extent to which free expression can be monitored by well-intentioned legislators.

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Public Photography is No Crime

Public Photography is No Crime

By | June 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

PEN Canada affirms that the rights of people to make photographs and films in public places and in private places open to the public, and publish them, are hallmarks of a transparent democracy.

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PEN Canada Concerned By Metadata Surveillance

PEN Canada Concerned By Metadata Surveillance

By | June 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

PEN Canada is seriously concerned by recent media reports which indicate that the government of Canada has continued to monitor the phone calls and online activity of Canadian citizens.

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Welcome Progress on Anti-SLAPP Legislation

Welcome Progress on Anti-SLAPP Legislation

By | June 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Philip Slayton, chair of PEN Canada’s National Affairs Committee, said, “It is time to stop lawsuits that have no intrinsic merit and are intended only to stifle free expression.”

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Sci-lenced: A Conversation at Massey College

Sci-lenced: A Conversation at Massey College

By | April 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

On October 17, 2012, as part of Non-Speak Week, PEN Canada partnered with the Canadian Science Writers Association to host Sci-lenced, a panel discussion on the prevention of media access to government scientists. The venue was intimate, the crowd was thoughtful, and the conversation was engaging.

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PEN Canada concerned by proposed City Hall amendments

PEN Canada concerned by proposed City Hall amendments

By | April 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

In a letter to City Hall, PEN Canada voices concern regarding proposed revisions to the City of Toronto’s anti-discrimination policy and funding conditions for grant applications.

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Education Behind Bars

Education Behind Bars

By | January 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

he prisoners have different motivations – some just want social contact, or to get a breath of fresh air from their normal routine – but many are sincere and want to improve their skills, get GEDs and that sort of stuff.

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PEN concerned by CRA actions towards ‘partisan’ charities

PEN concerned by CRA actions towards ‘partisan’ charities

By | December 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

On November 19, 2012 PEN Canada voiced concerns that the “vague language of the Income Tax Act gives government officials discretionary powers that are overbroad and easily abused” with respect to determining the political activities in which charitable organizations can engage. PEN urged the federal government to reconsider the issue of “so-called ‘partisan’ activity by […]

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CRA Caution to Canadian Mennonite May be Part of a Pattern

CRA Caution to Canadian Mennonite May be Part of a Pattern

By | November 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

The last parliamentary budget included $8 million for the express purpose of CRA purging its rolls of charitable organizations it deemed unworthy of the status.

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