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Privacy Commissioner Slams BC Surveillance Program

Documents suggest BC Solicitors General and the RCMP have been misleading the public for years. "THERE'S NOTHING, in my view, to be alarmed about,” said Victoria Police Chief Jamie Graham. He was speaking at February’s Reboot Privacy and Security Conference in Victoria, to 200 privacy experts, academics, and government and corporate executives from around North

By |2012-10-11T05:45:12+00:00March 4th, 2012|0 Comments

Hidden Surveillance

Not many people know that local Victoria, BC police and the RCMP have already begun building a massive public traffic surveillance system. And no one knows how they’re going to use it. The A News reporter and Nanaimo constable interwove: “amazing,” “blown away,” “overwhelming.” “This will revolutionize the way we police,” proclaimed Vancouver police in The

By |2012-10-11T05:45:33+00:00February 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Put Your Money Where Your Municipality Is

On January 31, a panel of local experts will talk about new ways to ensure your savings, RRSPs, and investment dollars help strengthen our community sustainability and resilience. We offer a preview of some of the ideas they’ll address. During her presentation at the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria’s recent annual general meeting, economic

By |2012-01-26T19:29:32+00:00January 26th, 2012|0 Comments

Breaking News on the Yellow Brick Road to Calamity

There are some compelling ideas for how to make our community more economically resilient in the face of climate change, rising fuel costs, and global financial meltdowns, but our civic leadership is so far conducting business as usual. That can put a passionately concerned local journalist in some uncomfortable positions, and raise some provocative questions

By |2012-01-26T19:30:26+00:00January 26th, 2012|2 Comments

Dispatches from the Urban Meter Wars

Resistance to BC Hydro’s smart meters still seems strong, but it’s hard to tell who’s winning. A BC Hydro rep gave a presentation at a recent meeting about energy conservation initiatives. Unbidden, he began by letting us know, “One thing we’re not going to discuss today is smart meters.” Since I was filling in for

By |2011-12-21T18:39:41+00:00November 11th, 2011|0 Comments
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