Surveillance in Canada

Transparent Lives – Surveillance in Canada By Bennett, Colin J. (EDT)/ Haggerty, Kevin D. (EDT)/ Lyon, David (EDT)/ Steeves, Valerie M. (EDT) – 2014

With the modern Internet involved in everything we do, learn, and say, Internet surveillance has a big impact on our privacy. This book discusses the many ways our privacy is invaded. It is written by Canadians and sponsored by the University of Alberta, but the content affects people worldwide. You could compare this book with Black Code by Deibert, mentioned in another post.

Like A Rock

Like A Rock -The Chuck Cadman Story, Tom Zytaruk, 2008

In 1992, Chuck Cadman was regarded by his Surrey neighbours as a typical suburban couch potato, a man who, despite the ponytail left over from his days as a small-time rock musician, had settled into a nine-to-five job and seemed content to pay down the mortgage, watch TV, drink a few beers and enjoy family life. Then, on October 17, his sixteen-year-old son Jesse was senselessly murdered by teenage delinquents, and Chuck’s peaceful world changed forever.

Overnight, the quiet homebody was galvanized into an inspired public spokesman, an articulate and unshakeable advocate of stricter treatment of young offenders and more compassionate treatment of victims of crime. He became a rallying figure for people across Canada growing impatient with tolerant attitudes toward youth crime, and in 1997 the people of Surrey North elected him as their Member of Parliament. In Ottawa, Chuck kept his focus and made himself one of the most authoritative voices on the parliamentary justice committee. He also kept his ponytail and blue jeans and his down-to-earth, man-of-the-people manner; his reputation as a straight-shooter earned him respect on both sides of the house. His final moment in the spotlight came on May 19, 2005 when, though in the final stages of terminal cancer, he made one last long trip to Ottawa to save the Liberal government from defeat—not because he wanted to, but because his constituents wanted him to. When he died six weeks later his loss was mourned by people from all walks of life across the entire country. In a time of deepening disenchantment with the political process, Chuck had given citizens a reassuring reminder that public service can still be an honourable calling.

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Free Speech

Persona Non Grata – The Death of Free Speech in the Internet Age By Flanagan, Tom – 2014

The author, a professor who has worked in political campaigns, chose his words poorly for a minute or so. He was misinterpreted, and was branded a front page pariah. This could not have happened so suddenly before Youtube and Twitter. The message is clear: make sure your words are Politically Correct at all times, because you could be recorded at any time.

The book is well written, and gives a window into the back rooms of Canadian politics in the last 20 years.