SFSC Event Sept 24: Big Brother is Watching – A discussion of Bills C51 & C24

Thursday September 24, 5:30pm-7pm
Rm 7000 SFU Downtown, 515 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Big Brother is Watching

Ever wondered if the Canadian government is watching you? Curious what powers they’ve recently bestowed upon themselves? What does it mean for Indigenous sovereignty, pipeline resistance, Palestinian solidarity, and
other forms of “radical” activism?

Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act 2015, includes expanded surveillance and intelligence sharing, a re-modelling of the Canadian no-fly regime in the US mode, expands the extraordinary powers of preventative detention and fundamentally redefines the role of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

Bill C-24, the new Citizenship Act, creates a two-tiered citizenship regime that limits the citizenship rights of dual nationals who may have their Canadian citizenship revoked if they are convicted of certain serious crimes in Canada or abroad; it also allows for citizenship to be revoked if a naturalized Canadian decides to study, accept a job or move in with a romantic partner outside of Canada.

This talk will discuss key aspects of these new laws and how they are being challenged. The talk will be presented by Micheal Vonn of the BC Civil Liberties Association. ASL interpretation will be provided at this event.

Organized in partnership with: SFPIRG and Free Omar Khadr

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