So-called online spying measure off the table for the moment.
Today the federal Conservatives tabled their much-discussed omnibus crime bill: the Safe Streets and Communities Act. Notably missing from the bill: provisions which would allow the police to obain electronic information about us without a warrant, which the Tories had long planned to include. While the bill as it stands contains much that is controversial—especially in light of consistently falling crime rates—it seems the Tories decided to skip this one very contentious aspect of their crime package, at least for the moment. Nothing precludes them from introducing warrantless surveillance later during this session of Parliament, so for activists opposed to the notion of cops knowing who you email and when, relief is hardly abounding. But, at the least, they’ve bought some time to keep raising public awareness of the issue.