Insider's News with Terence Young, MP
Keeping Canadians Safe Bill C-51
The first priority of any government is to keep its citizens safe.
In October two Canadian soldiers were assassinated by home grown terrorists who were recruited on-line by Jihadists. The Parliament of Canada was shut down after one of them shot a security guard while running into Centre Block right past an unlocked door where the Prime Minister, Cabinet and 200 Members of Parliament and Senators were meeting.
If he simply turned left there would have been a bloodbath. If he had a bomb strapped to his body, he could have taken out the entire government of Canada.
Last year Boko Harem in Somalia kidnapped and enslaved 200 young women. Twelve people were recently murdered in France by terrorists.
In Iraq, ISIL recently burned a Jordanian pilot alive and sent out a video of the act to the world. Then they lined up twenty Christians and cut their heads off, once again preserved on video for the world. In ISIL-controlled Iraq today, you can buy a book on how to control slaves. The world hasn’t seen such organized brutality since the Nazis in World War II.
Canada has been targeted by ISIL Jihadists and last week Somali Jihadists released video directing home grown Jihadists in the West to attack shopping malls, including the West Edmonton Mall.
Over a hundred Canadian citizens have travelled to the Middle East to assist ISIL, and at least thirty have returned. This danger is real, it is here in Canada, and security experts tell us there will be more attacks, likely by lone wolf killers who were recruited on the Internet. We must act to keep Canadians safe.
So what are the opposition parties and media pundits talking about? Putting limits on police powers.
Our proposed legislation – Bill C-51 - will provide Canadian law enforcement and national security agencies the tools they need to keep pace with evolving threats and better protect Canadians. This is what is needed.
The use of key powers in this act such as detention to prevent a bombing, and the removal of terrorist propaganda on the internet designed to recruit home grown terrorists, are subject to the approval of a judge. RCMP, CSIS and other police investigators will be required to visit a judge, present the facts, and get permission to use those powers. That is powerful oversight.
The opposition (and some media) want to introduce a U.S.-style committee of Parliamentarians to have oversight over police operations, and have access to top secret security secrets. I believe Canadians want independent professionals with top security clearance to have oversight as is now done by the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC).
Bill C-51, which is headed for nine days of committee hearings, will:
Counter those who advocate terrorism.
This is needed because home grown terrorists are being recruited and inspired to act on the internet (and in person) by extremists, who hate us because of who we are. A famous U.S. judge, Oliver Wendell Holmes once said free speech does not include the right to shout fire in a crowded building. Extremists are persuading others to kill in Canada. It would be irresponsible to not act to stop this indoctrination.
Prevent terrorist travel.
Weeks ago, we heard that over 130 Canadians had travelled overseas to join terrorist organizations, and over 30 have returned, potentially indoctrinated and trained to commit terrorist acts. Under Bill C-51 the government will now have the ability to stop travel for terror purposes.
Confound the efforts of those who seek to use Canada as a recruiting ground.
Terrorist networks have declared war on western countries, specifically naming Canada. To date police were able to stop the Toronto 18, who were planning to behead the Prime Minister, blow up the CBC building, and attack Parliament as well as two others who were planning to blow up a bridge with a train on it; amongst others. Hundreds of others are being monitored. It does not make sense on any level to allow terrorist networks to continue recruiting in Canada.
Disrupt planned attacks on Canadian soil.
This power will allow a judge to authorize pre-emptive arrest under certain circumstances when the potential crime is so dangerous and risk so enormous to the public that it would be irresponsible to not act to prevent it. Sometimes police stake out a location to stop a robbery, waiting for it to begin taking place before making an arrest. But to stake out a potential bombing scene, waiting for it to begin would be absurd.
The Bill includes powerful checks and balances to ensure it respects the rights of Canadians and complements other legislation passed by our Government in order to better protect Canadians and secure institutions, including the Combating Terrorism Act and the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act.
The proposed legislation includes a comprehensive package of measures that will also enhance the Passenger Protect Program by further mitigating threats to transportation security and preventing travel by air for the purpose of engaging in terrorism;
make it easier for law enforcement agencies to detain suspected terrorists before they can harm Canadians and toughen penalties for violating court ordered conditions on terrorist suspects;
enable the effective and responsible sharing of relevant national security information across federal departments and agencies to better identify and address threats;
ensure that national security agencies are better able to protect and use classified information when denying entry and status to non-citizens who pose a threat to Canada; and,
- provide witnesses and other participants in national security proceedings and prosecutions with additional protection.
France bans Wi-Fi in childcare facilities.
This past month, France’s Parliament passed a bill that has banned Wi-Fi internet in childcare facilities where children under the age of three are present. The Bill requires cell phone manufacturers to recommend hands-free devices for phone calls and bans advertising of devices which emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR) to children under 14.
This Bill is a wake-up call to the world – that EM radiation caused by cell phones and other wireless devices poses a real risk to users, especially children.
In 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), “classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans” (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs193/en/).
As a result of these studies, and with the help of C4ST, I introduced my Private Members Bill, Bill C – 648, in the House of Commons this past December. The Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act will require manufacturers to put warnings about EM radiation-emitting devices on outside packaging to inform consumers about potentially harmful effects.
This Bill will help consumers make safer decisions when operating wireless devices. It will ensure that consumers are fully aware of the risks associated with wireless devices and how best to mitigate that risk.
For more information and research on the EM radiation emitted by cell phones and other wireless devices, please see the links below.
Scientific Peer-Reviewed Publications with Evidence
2011 Report from the IARC-WHO
Globe and Mail Article on Potential Risks of Wi-Fi
The bill is divided into eight clauses; major highlights of the most important clauses are discussed below.
Clause 4, Section 184 of the Loi numéro 2010-788 du 12 juillet 2010 portant engagement national pour l’environnement (National Commitment to the Environment Act) is amended to require that all radio equipment that is for sale and for which a manufacturer is required to measure the radiofrequency absorption rate must clearly indicate that rate on the product.The section is also amended to require that the sale of mobile telephones recommend the use of an accessory to limit exposure to radiofrequency emissions.
Clause 4 also requires that all radio apparatus must include clear information about how to activate and deactivate wireless internet access. Furthermore, equipment that emits an electrical field above a certain threshold cannot be installed in a private dwelling without clear, legible information about the existence of radiation and recommendations with respect to reducing radiofrequency exposure. Finally, clause 4 provides that all establishments that have public Wi-Fi must clearly indicate the presence of Wi-Fi by displaying a pictogram at the establishment’s entrance.
Clause 5 requires that all advertising of mobile phones must clearly include the recommendation that a device (Headphones) be used with the mobile phone to minimize head exposure to radio frequencies. Failing to comply with that provision carries a monetary penalty of up to €75,000. Clause 5 also prohibits advertisements that promote the use of a cellular phone without such an accessory device. Finally, at the request of a buyer, an operator must supply a mobile phone accessory, such as headphones, for limiting exposure to radio-electric frequencies for children under the age of 14.
Clause 7 prohibits the installation of network terminal equipment with wireless Internet access in rest and activity areas for children under the age of three in childcare centres. It also provides that wireless access must be deactivated in primary school classes if it is not being used for digital education activities. Israel, Belgium, and Taiwan have also banned Wi-Fi in preschool and daycare centers.
Canadians for Safe Technology visit Parliament Hill to support my Private Member's Bill C-648.
Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) spent two days on Parliament Hill meeting with Members of Parliament from all parties to discuss the health risks of electromagnetic radiation (EMR), and to promote my Private Member’s Bill C-648 “An Act respecting the prevention of potential health risks from radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.” The Bill will require pre-existing warning labels to be placed on the outside packaging of all devices that emit radiofrequency radiation. Bill C-648 will increase awareness of the dangers and health risks of EMR, and create steep offences for those who do not abide by the law. Members of Parliament met individually and as a group with members of C4ST along with Dr. Anthony Miller, a professor at University of Toronto, who is a leading expert on the dangers of EMR.
8 safety tips for using wireless devices.
Distance is your friend. Keep cell phones away from your head (use the speaker or air tube ear buds; not Bluetooth) and out of your pocket, bras, etc.
Do not sleep with an active cell phone near you.
Keep cell phones and tablets away from small children.
Do not place a wireless baby monitor by your child’s bed. Use a wired monitor instead.
Remove the Wi-Fi in your home. If impossible, put the router on a timer to turn off at night. Remove from high-use and sleeping areas.
Mothers to be, keep all wireless devices away from your abdomen.
If possible keep your analog meter or opt out of any smart meter.
Remove all cordless phones.