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Canada’s position on the 2014 Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters Without Borders. While Canada climbed two spots since the 2013 Index, it is still eight spots down from its ranking in 2012.
The number of federal institutions, out of the 11 investigated by the information commissioner, that do not store their employees’ instant messages on a central email server. As a result, any information that falls under the Access to Information Act but is deleted from employees’ mobile devices cannot be recovered for the purposes of responding to an ATI request. 2 CJFE REVIEW 2014
The number of days by which Transport Canada sought to extend its 30-day deadline for responding to a reporter’s ATI request regarding the Lac-Mégantic derailment of July 2013.
The number of times the RCMP arrested journalist Miles Howe in 2013 while he was covering anti-fracking protests in New Brunswick.
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Number of recommendations that Interim Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier tabled in a special report to Parliament, calling for reforms to Canada’s federal privacy law.
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The number of years that the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, Canada’s federal whistleblower law, is overdue for its first independent review. Enacted in 2007, the Act is supposed to be reviewed every five years.
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The number of demonstrators arrested by police during anti-capitalist protests held in Montreal on May 1, 2013.
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Canada’s position on the Global Right to Information (RTI) Index, published by the Centre for Law and Democracy in September 2013. This rank places Canada in the bottom 50 per cent on an index that evaluates the quality of a state’s national RTI law.
The number of organizations, including CJFE, calling for the Ontario Legislative Assembly to pass Bill 83. If passed, the bill would make Ontario the second province in Canada to enact anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) legislation.
The number of media outlets the RCMP asked to submit raw footage captured during antifracking protests in New Brunswick in 2013. These include Brunswick News, Global Maritimes, CBC, APTN and Rogers TV.
The approximate number of dollars protestor Katie Nelson says she was fined by Montreal police during and after student protests in 2012.
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The percentage by which the number of missingrecords complaints submitted to the information commissioner increased from 2012 to 2013.
The approximate number of countries in which Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) conducted surveillance for the National Security Agency (NSA) in the U.S., according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
The number of dollars that individuals can be fined for disobeying court orders to surrender their computers, cellphones and other mobile devices under Nova Scotia’s Cyber-safety Act.
Journalists at a CJFE/Al Jazeera English rally for jailed colleagues in Egypt.
■ Cinders McLeod ■ Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) ■ Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ) ■ Laurent Walter © CJFE 2014. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission.
CONTENTS 2 Free Expression Index 4 C JFE’s Report Card 2013-14 6 CJFE Poll: Do Canadians Care About Free Expression? 9 D igital Freedoms in Danger What does the Trans-Pacific Partnership mean for free expression in Canada? 10 Feds Muzzle Scientists The federal government continues to undercut valuable scientific research 12 They Blew It Despite big promises, Canada has utterly failed to protect whistleblowers 16 MP’s Sacrifice Saves CBC Integrity Brent Rathgeber is the first MP to kill his own private member’s bill
18 Cross-Canada Free Expression Reports 20 Freedom of the Press: Quebec Journalists Sound the Alarm 22 Anti-SLAPP Bill Stalled Ontario’s Bill 83—which would protect public participation from frivolous lawsuits—is in danger of dying 23 Alberta Bans Pro-Strike Speech Bill 45 strikes a blow to free expression with its broad provisions and stiff penalties 24 Access Denied! Ottawa’s new end run around access to information? Don’t keep records. 28 Monopoly: Newspaper Edition New Brunswick’s shifting media landscape
30 We Should Be Enraged So why don’t Canadians care about surveillance? 32 We’re Watching You Cyberbullying legislation threatens free expression 34 Q&A: Protecting Your Rights Four Canadian defenders of free expression discuss their work—and explain how you can get involved 38 About CJFE 40 Appendix: Courts’ Access to Information Policies 43 Appendix: Major Court Decisions 2013-14 46 Support CJFE 47 Thank You CJFE REVIEW 2014 3