The limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples may long have seemed natural and just, but its inconsistency with the central meaning of the fundamental right to marry is now manifest. With that knowledge must come the recognition that laws excluding same-sex couples from the marriage right impose stigma and injury of the kind prohibited by our basic charter.
#lovewins #gaymarriage #gayrights #humanrights
1.Bill C-51 drastically expands the definition of ‘security.’
2. It gives the government too much discretion to pick and choose which individuals and groups to target for further scrutiny.
3. It criminalizes speech acts that have no connection to acts of violence.
4. It will severely chill freedom of expression.
5. Canada’s no-fly list would become a secret list compiled with secret evidence, only reviewable through court proceedings that may also be secret.
6. It will allow government institutions like Health Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency to share information about you with the RCMP.
7. Canada already has a troubling regime of preventative arrest and detention; Bill C-51 proposes to make it even worse
8. It would give CSIS the power to act like a police force, while still allowing it to operate as secretly as an intelligence gathering service.
Bill C-51 would radically redefine the role of CSIS to include the ability to act on – rather than merely to collect – security intelligence. This ignores the lessons of history. The 1960s and 1970s saw serious rights abuses undertaken by the RCMP under its ‘security intelligence’ mandate. CSIS was created in the 1980s for the express purpose of separating Canada’s intelligence agency from its police force. As an intelligence agency, CSIS is permitted to conduct much of its work in secret, and the details of most of its activities are never revealed publically. But that’s precisely why CSIS should not be permitted to also operate as a police force: this secrecy means that rights violations by CSIS are more difficult to detect – and once detected, more difficult to remedy – than if they were the result of actions undertaken by law enforcement agencies.
Speak up, or lose more civil liberties.
#civilrights #Canada #conservatives #canadian
And a happy feeling came over me, just seeing the floods of "Wow finally we're legal". "About time". " Way to go Supreme Court" and on and on. Anyhow very happy for people today, both those I know and those I don't know.
AKA people will see what they want to see in articles and ignore the facts.
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