Proscribing Far Right Terrorism: Canada's new terrorist listing of two far right extremist groups

Last week Canada added five new groups to Canada’s terrorist entities list, but the big news was that two of these groups were far right terrorist groups. Why is this a big deal? Leah West walks through the implications of terrorist entity listing under Canada’s criminal law.

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CSIS's Viewpoint: The Long Awaited Public Report

Friday, the government tabled the CSIS Public Report in the House, on the last day of this Parliament. This is the formerly annual report the Service releases which provides a small window into how they see the threat environment. There is also often a small section on how a particular section of the Service operates – this year there is a very small section on the Intelligence Cycle and the “going dark” problem for example. However, for the purpose of this blog, I’m going to mainly stick to the threat environment discussion.

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Chain Reaction: Bill C-59’s Complicated Coming Into Force Rules

Bill C-59, the National Security Act 2017, is now back before the Commons to consider the (relatively minor) amendments proposed by the Senate. Baring a catastrophe, it should make it past this final Commons-Senate ping-pong and become law. “Becoming law” means “coming into force”. There are rules about coming into force, and I review how they apply to C-59 because: it’s complicated.

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National Security Transparency: The Problem of Secret Law

Last week, Leah West addressed delegates at the 6th Open Government Partnership Global Summit hosted by Canada in Ottawa. She was asked to participate on a panel hosted by Public Safety Canada entitled: National Security Transparency: Expert Perspectives along with Wesley Wark, Christopher Parsons and Veronica Kitchen. The following is a copy of Leah’s remarks on the subject of “secret law.”

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Repatriating Canada's Terrorist Travelers: The Threat Management Considerations

The repatriation of Canada’s “foreign fighters” (more accurately called extremist or terrorist travelers, since not all engaged in combat) is one of the most contentious issues in Canada in terms of national security, and was once again in the news this past week. This post will outline one reason favouring repatriation: threat management.

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What’s In Your Apple Wallet? Border Searches of Electronic Devices

CBC reported on 5 May 2019 that the Canada Border Services Agency had seized the phone and computer of a Canadian lawyer returning to Canada, after he refused to provide access passwords (urging the devices contained sensitive solicitor-client materials). This is the latest in a series of cases in which the search and seizure powers of the CBSA at the border have provoked controversy. In this post, we unpack what we see to be the most important legal questions.

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A Canadian Cryptocurrency Caper in the Sri Lanka Attack? Unlikely

In early May, media reports circulated stating that the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks in April 2019 had been “funded by Bitcoin” and that the transaction had been processed through a Canadian company. These reports are highly misleading, so let’s have a look at what actually happened and what it means for the Canadian financial sector and national security writ large.

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