March 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm #6470
Today at school my son’s class had a discussion and filled out a booklet about Bill C-51.
At first I thought this was a great thing but then I realized this is probably to identify “radicalized” kids.
Well he be targeted because he sees the huge problems with the bill?
Because the wording essentially says that anyone that disagrees with Dear Leader is subject to being labelled a terrorist?
March 12, 2015 at 11:25 am #6472
Indeed, we all talked about “radicalizing” people in the sense of getting them to turn up at antiwar demos.
I strongly suspect enemies of HarperCon ecocide such as movements opposing pipelines or supporters of Idle No More will be targeted by this law.
After all, shooting at people or deliberately killing them with your car is ALREADY illegal.
Remember back in 1970, when hundreds of people (mostly trade unionists, artists and intellectuals) were rounded up during the War Measures Act. In the meantime, the not-very-professional FLQ terrorists were caught using normal police methods.
If the Ottawa shooter was able to get into Parliament, it was because the place seemed to have less security than many places I have worked.March 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm #6473
What grade is your son in, Debra? I’m all for kids learning about “current events” in school but certainly not in a way that would imply that they’re being judged for their views.
I would hate to think — and I can’t quite imagine how it could happen — that there would some organized investigation to determine the politics of the student’s family.
Years ago, when I was in nursing school, we did a mock United Nations in which I was the Ambassador from the Soviet Union. It was the height of the Cold War but I didn’t care and I wrote to the Soviet Embassy looking for material. I had questions and requests and musings in my letter and I was rewarded with a lovely big package — by mail — filled with all sorts of fascinating information (which, I suppose, many people at the time would have called propaganda.)
Some time later — probably months — I was in my room in residence at the Montreal General Hospital when I was summoned to the main floor. I was taken into a small office and there was a Mountie — a young and handsome Mountie, but a Mountie, nevertheless. We sat down and talked. I didn’t even ask him how he knew that I had been in communication with the Embassy but he clearly did and that’s why he had come to see me.
I think we spent about an hour together and that, as far as I know, was the end of it. I always assumed afterward that I had a folder in the “potential spy” file.
I suppose there are no more Soviet files. I wonder what became of them?March 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm #6478
Bahaha! Some fresh air from a journo. http://www.ipolitics.ca/2015/03/16/whos-watching-csis-not-ottawa-not-the-media-either/March 18, 2015 at 9:42 pm #6483
That’s fascinating, Sharon. I hate being paranoid and I always like to think that security and police have higher priorities than sniffing around intelligent and somewhat questioning individuals, especially kids, but I was shocked at some of the lengths paranoid government officials go. My mother in the late 70s applied for a clerical job at the US embassy in Ottawa. It was one of very few jobs that asked for someone with fluent Spanish as well as French and English. They did a background check and actually unearthed that her uncle was a communist during the Spanish Civil War and was exiled in France. She said that that was the reason she didn’t get the job.
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