1 in 8 Canadians living in poverty.

According to an article today in the Vancouver Sun, “Across Canada, 4.3-million people, including 979,000 children and their families, live in poverty (Statistics Canada, 2010 Incomes in Canada). That’s about one in eight people who are living in dire straits in our wealthy land.”

The article also states, “The social and economic costs of poverty are high. Hunger, inadequate nutrition and unsafe housing create hardship for families and result in higher expenditures for health care and social services. These costs of poverty, including the remedial costs of the criminal justice system, must concern us. Poverty leads to higher risks of social and economic exclusion which, in turn, drive up expenditures in policing, the courts, legal aid, criminal prosecutions and corrections along with the considerable pain and suffering experienced by victims of violent crimes. It is estimated that crime and justice-related expenditures alone range from $22 billion to $48 billion per year. Recent changes to legislation that add new mandatory minimum sentences and increase maximum sentences for some crimes are expected to increase costs even more for provinces and territories.”

Stephen Harper and Vic Toews have changed Canadian criminal laws to improve protection for Canadians. Some change.

I say this to Mr. Harper and Mr. Toews; To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often. Change your criminal laws. Change your protection for the people of poverty in Canada.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Premiers+Remember+that+poverty+affects+Canadians/6985971/story.html#ixzz21eK3148x

Vic Toews, the dolt, pushing warrantless surveillance again.

Vic Toews must have thought George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four police state crusade against thinking and individuality needed implementation in Canada.

Thankfully, Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart tried to smarten up Toews and Stephen Harper – good luck there, Jennifer – when she wrote the Harper government Thursday to register her “deep concerns” about these new surveillance powers and note that it (the Harper Government) has so far failed to demonstrate why this is the best course of action.

According to the Globe and Mail, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has confirmed in recent weeks that the Conservatives intend to revive legislation they did not manage to pass as a minority government – bills that would give police new capabilities to conduct electronic surveillance in the Internet age.

The changes eyed by the Tories, spread out over three bills in the last Parliament, would also have given police greater power to obtain data gathered by Internet service providers by requiring Internet service providers to install surveillance technology on their networks.

It also would have forced mandatory disclosure of customer information on demand and without court oversight. This would obliged all ISPs to surrender customer details to the police including names, addresses, email address as well as the unique identifier number that every computer connection to the Internet is assigned.

Read the full article here.