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Infected at Birth

150 years ago, on August 2, 1862, the townsite of Fort Victoria was incorporated as the City of Victoria. But while Victorians get ready to don their party hats, a new book by Tom Swanky presents evidence that the circumstances surrounding that birth are nothing to celebrate.  Originally published in Focus, July/August 2012. Most written

By |2012-08-17T21:07:31+00:00August 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Vancouver’s closed-circuit TV public-surveillance system guidelines contradict privacy pledge

City told B.C. government closed-circuit television images wouldn’t be stored, but the policy shows this isn’t the case. The City of Vancouver got a $400,000 provincial government grant to expand its closed-circuit television (CCTV) public-surveillance system—then ignored the commitments it made to protect citizens’ privacy. At least, that’s what’s suggested by two seemingly contradictory documents

By |2012-05-03T19:12:16+00:00May 3rd, 2012|0 Comments

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
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