Canada Beats Usa In Olympic Warmup

Canada: Who Will Keep an Eye on the Spies?

“You better be ready to play when the puck drops and play 60 minutes of hockey,” said USA coach Katie Stone after her team turned in a lackluster opening 40 minutes. “We played probably 18 minutes of really hard-nosed USA hockey, so we’ve got a ways to go,” Stone said after Canada built a 3-0 lead and absorbed the USA’s late two-goal counterattack. “We kind of floundered a little bit early on but we’ll get there,” Stone said. “The good news is we came on as the game went on. We scored two goals, we put a ton of pressure on them at the end We need to start faster.” Canada had the edge in offensive zone time in a scoreless first period, netted two goals in the second and pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the third. The USA broke through with a two-player advantage power play goal at mid-third, cut the deficit to one with 5:31 remaining and drove hard to the finish. Those final minutes included not only several good USA chances but a skirmish that earned two players on each team five-minute roughing majors and game misconducts after USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux collided with Canada goalie Shannon Szabados at 16:53. Szabados sprawled on the ice and her teammates came to her defense, setting off a lengthy tussle in the corner. “It happens from time to time,” said longtime Canadian team member Hayley Wickenheiser of the scuffle, recalling a 2010 incident. In the first period, Canada had a 5-4 edge in shots that failed to reflect its territorial control. The USA’s game was disjointed but the Americans’ speed still led to a couple of quality chances that Szabados (15 saves) rejected.

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Privacy coalition formed amidst surveillance concerns By Justina Reichel , Epoch Times | October 17, 2013 Last Updated: October 17, 2013 7:07 am Justice Minister Peter MacKay. A new coalition have been formed to watch out for Canadians’ privacy amidst mounting concerns over online government surveillance and fears that MacKay is planning to reintroduce Bill C-30. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young) It has grown secretive, it’s expensive, and it’s out of control. David Christopher, OpenMedia.ca Complaints Over Ford Brothers Drug Allegation Coverage Rejected Canadian Dollar Closes Higher as US Debt Deal Reached Mounting concerns over online government surveillance have spurred more than 30 organizations to form a coalition that aims to watch out for Canadians privacy rights. The move comes amidst revelations that Canadas ultra-secretive electronic spy agency may have illegally targeted Canadians within the past year, and fears that the controversial Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act could be re-introduced now that Parliament has resumed. The Protect Our Privacy Coalition spans the left-right political spectrum and includes citizen-based and civil liberties groups, privacy advocates, First Nations, labour groups, businesses, and academic experts. [The coalition] was formed in response to the concerns Canadians have over the governments dragnet collection of our really sensitive and private information, says David Christopher, communications coordinator for OpenMedia.ca, an open-internet advocacy group leading the coalition. It has grown secretive, its expensive, and its out of control. According to Sharon Polsky of the Privacy and Access Council of Canada, a member of the coalition, there are more than 100 federal laws that allow sensitive data to be gathered, used, and shared internationally without anyones knowledge or consent. The main force behind this data collection is the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), whose operations will soon be housed in a new $1.2 billion complex in Ottawathe most expensive Canadian government building ever constructed. But recent revelations have brought to light questionable discernment in the agencys surveillance practices, and critics say oversight is sorely lacking. In August, CSEC watchdog and retired judge Robert Decary said the agency could be engaging in potentially illegal spying during a review of its activities over the past year. A small number of records suggested the possibility that some activities may have been directed at Canadians, contrary to the law, Decary wrote in his report, saying he was unable to conclude whether the snooping was legal or not because of unclear and incomplete records. CSEC has also been linked to the infamous National Security Agency phone and Internet surveillance program in the U.S., leaked earlier this year by Edward Snowden. The Canadian agency played a role in the NSAs efforts by handing over control of an international encryption standard that allowed it to build a back door to encrypt data, according to documents obtained by the New York Times. More Oversight Needed Leading cyber-researcher Ron Diebert has warned that oversight of CSEC is really thin, and its historically cozy relationship with the NSA could put Canadians at risk of surveillance. In the latest scandal, it was revealed last week that CSEC has been conducting industrial espionage against Brazil on behalf of the NSA. These revelations have prompted concerns that the spying could do permanent damage to Canadas relationship with Brazilan important Latin American ally. It really points to the fact that we need much greater oversight and much greater transparency over what [CSEC] is up to, says Christopher. Canadians deserve a public, democratic debate about CSEC and the role that it should play, because CESC is conducting these activities in the name of all Canadians. The governments Privacy Commissioners office has said it wants to find out more about CSECs activities and is conducting its own investigation into whether the agency is illegally spying.