Canadians say “No” to the Cruel Crime Bill

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The draft legislation is called Bill C-10 An Act to enact the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act and to amend the State Immunity Act, the Criminal Code, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and other Acts

It is unnecessary and it goes way too far.

Instead of spending $100,000 per year ~ each ~ to incarcerate each petty criminals, wouldn’t it be better to direct some of the money that the government wants to spend on jails to addressing underlying problems like child poverty?

One of the biggest problems is the quantity of very different legislation that is being lumped together in this Omnibus Bill. It’s one thing to collect several books together and repackage them as an “Omnibus” but the idea of bundling several bills together means that they don’t get the attention that they should. Making law in haste is never in the public interest.

You don’t have to take my word for it, do a web search and fast tracking it see what they’re saying online:

Leadnow has taken the lead in the fight against the Omnibus Crime Bill:

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National Days of Action:
Thu 24 & Fri 25th November, 2011

The Leadnow website provides information on:

  • how to find your local protest events,
  • guidance on starting your own,
  • Keep Canada Safe Petition
  • as well as offering solid information as to why this bill will be harmful if passed.

You can also sign the AZAZ petition Stop Harper’s cruel crime bill directed to the Premiers.

And last but not least, you can listen to what Rick Mercer has to say:

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#WikiLeaks “malicious search engine poisoning attacks” ?

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Defence staff warned to steer clear of WikiLeaks docs:

“The department fears accessing the site could expose government computers to “malicious search engine poisoning attacks” and that third parties might “collect and exploit visitor data or deliver malicious software through downloaded files.”

The Ottawa Citizen.

Yet from a computer security standpoint the WikiLeaks #cablegate downloads all seem to be in standard HTML, making the downloads relatively secure from malware because there is no javascript to execute malicious software code

Because the WikiLeaks downloads aren’t in Adobe PDF format they aren’t susceptible to the security vulnerabilities that come with the popular Adobe Reader and software.

Which makes downloading from WikiLeaks safer than downloading from many websites on the Internet.

But isn’t the Department of Defense at risk for:

“malicious search engine poisoning attacks” ?

Ahem…. what is that exactly?

SEO Poisoning” or “Search Engine Optimization Poisoning” may sound scary but what it means is tricking search engines into ranking your website more highly than it deserves.

This is done by inserting words or phrases that would get high ranking from a search engine. An example of “SEO Poisoning” might be when a webpage selling grass seed gratuitously using phrases like “Justin Bieber.”

Sometimes this dastardly deed is accomplished by including high ranking words and phrases in the same color as the background, making the text invisible to visitors and fooling Search Engines that do see these words and are fooled. This “poisons” the search results.

When I Googled “malicious search engine poisoning attacks” the were only a few direct hits, which explain it as “SEO Poisoning” used to drive traffic to scam websites.

The thing is, every time you search the Internet, using Google or Scroogle or Bing, any search engine is going to bring you results that are not what you are looking for. That’s why you get more than one answer to a search: it is far from an exact science. Poisoning is a serious problem for Google, say. But for the Department of Defense?

What WikiLeaks has done is to make classified material public. Which means that looking at some of this material will very likely violate Defense Department policy.

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This memo sounds rather like the equivalent of the “close your eyes” method of security. The only way to ensure Defense Department employees do not see any of this material online would be to disconnect from the Internet.

I would expect the Federal Government computer security staff to be aware of this. Perhaps the Department of Defense needs a little refresher course on computer security.


WikiLeaks,org domain killed by US after claimed mass attacks KEEP US STRONG !wl

In other words, has pulled the plug on

WikiLeaks may be down but they are not out.
Help keep WikiLeaks going by donating to:


the Cablegate page is still up.

further reading

Australia provides some insight: Crikey: Missing the point on WikiLeaks

WL Central: an unofficial WikiLeaks Information Resource

boingboing: Amazon: Wikileaks has no right to publish the leaks and domain ‘killed’

TechDirt: Wikileaks Says Its Site Has Been ‘Killed’

Hear no evil, see no evil” Photo by Charlton Barreto on ipernity Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

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The Internet IS a Necessity of Life

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In today’s world it doesn’t matter if the job you’re seeking is high tech or low tech. Whether you’re applying for a position as team leader at RIM or just looking for work digging ditches, odds are your newspaper will direct you to apply online through Workopolis or the like.


Filing an Income Tax Return? The Canada Revenue Agency (the federal agency formerly known as Revenue Canada) wants you to e-file your tax return. Makes sense; I’m sure the physical printing and distribution cost of printing up millions of income tax booklets every year cost them a fortune. Online filing is far more economical for our government. Expecting a refund? They prefer direct deposit, Same deal; saves them vast amounts of money.

[Some branches of government lose track of the fact that ALL government spending comes directly out of the taxpayer’s pocket. That’s you and me, hoss. Saving money is good for us, too.]

The Canadian Government has invested a substantial amount of money going online. Not only does this increased access make it easy for Canadians to find out about our government, or to find the right elected representatives to complain to, but importance of Canadian Law being available online cannot be underestimated.


Banking? I don’t know about you, but my bank is trying really hard to convince me to go paperless. Less printing means lower overhead.  Think they’ll lower our rates?  Nawwww….


Searching for the elusive Beanie Baby missing from your collection? Or maybe you need someone to shovel your drive? Try Craigslist or Kijiji Because classified advertising is online.

Shopping for a big ticket item? You can house hunt online with the Canadian Multiple Listing Service. Follow the map, see the properties, and save a lot of time for both you and your realtor. Looking for wheels? These days every major auto manufacturer has a website with virtual tours of vehicles on offer. Even the Autotrader is online in today’s world.

Comparison shopping online helps narrow down where you’re going to go for junior’s new 2 wheeler or the bandsaw Aunt Aggie wants for her birthday.


When there’s a big explosion from the direction of the chemical plant it’s a lot safer to close your windows and check the news online to see if you have to evacuate.

But news isn’t just local anymore. The Internet makes it possible to read the news or watch news broadcasts from all over the world.

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Checking the school board website to find out about bad weather bus cancellations/school closures is better than hoping you catch it on the radio while rushing to get kids off to school.

Don’t forget online assignments. Students are expected to do a fair amount of school work in digital formats. Schools, programs and course material are online.  Kids in families without Internet access are at a huge disadvantage which is certainly not good for Canada.


Small businesses in every field need an internet presence. A website is crucial and the Internet can help small businesses lower their overhead and increase their market just the same. The Internet levels the playing field, and thriving Canadian businesses can help build Canada’s reputation and strengthen our economy.

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Being online is no longer an option for small business.

Canadians need to stop Usage Based Billing because it will negatively impact on all of these things and more.

When I first learned about Usage Based Billing last fall I began the public service blogStop UBB. As I have learned about the technical aspects of the issue I’ve explained what I’ve learned in an attempt to demystify the Internet and the UBB Issue, since it will have a serious impact on all Canadians. Because the mainstream news media (with the exception of CBC online) has been pretty silent on the issue, for the most part only computer professionals even know this is going to be a problem.

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Most Canadians won’t find out until we’re hit with the grossly inflated bill.

Probably the best place to start is learning more is Stop UBB glossary, because it explains jargon in an attempt to make the issue intelligible to Canadian Internet Users. The StopUBB left sidebar has a complete Index to help reference the information.

An really important thing we can do is sign the online petition at

To fight UBB you can write to all the same politicians I’ve listed contact info for in the previous article about Canadian copyright Canada don’t need no stinkin’ DMCA