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  • cqwww 10:56 am on November 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , British Columbia   

    You lose your rights under the Mental Health Act 

    I just read this article in Focus magazine [PDF] which is the source of what nightmares are made of. Apparently in Canada, you lose your rights if being arrested under the British Columbian Mental Health Act (MHA). No right to a lawyer to represent you. They also can allegedly force you to take pills/medication against your will.

    I can foresee a new wave of prank calls, where you can call the police on your enemy, and claim they are a close friend who just confided they have threatened suicide. If you do this at an emotionally vulnerable time, it could likely result in an episode they will never forget. All that really protects you is how interested or motivated the chain of law enforcement is to detaining you. How you conduct yourself, according to these articles, sounds immaterial.

    Another concern I have, is that it suggests those who believe they are struggling with mental illness, should no longer disclose it to professionals. If a foreign government ever gets a record of it, they can ban you as the article suggests the US is now doing with Canadians. A previous disclosure to a professional can also be used to arrest you under the Mental Health Act; without any record of mental illness, this would be a lot more difficult, assuming your behaviour also doesn’t (subjectively) provoke them.

    In a time where hospitals are in short supply, it makes one wonder how many cases there are where it consists of innocent people who’ve been arrested taking up hospital staff and beds where those in need are not getting help.

    Having heard one of these stories first hand, I’m surprised the victim is even willing to speak about it. It makes me wonder how prevalent these stories are, as the thought of disclosing them and upsetting the police further would be paralyzing to many. I can’t imagine the fear of police retaliation, for life, when such a situation occurs. Definitely the stuff nightmares are made of.

    As I don’t like to raise issues without at least potential solutions:

    • What will it take to ensure that those arrested under the Mental Health Act still retain the right to 10(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms?
    • If we’re going to have data sharing agreements with foreign countries, should we not only be providing it solely on the condition that they receive no different treatment than they would in Canada?
    • What process is used to evaluate Canadian’s opinion and trust of law enforcement; that it is meeting policing needs and requirements, handles abuse and mistreatment appropriately, and adjusts itself if not?
    • Is there a process to make complaints about police or government abuse without fear of retaliation?


    • cqwww 2:05 am on March 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
      Tags: #bcpoli, British Columbia, ,   

      Is your political party research for sale? 

      With a looming provincial election in British Columbia this May, I decided it’s time to do some research. For those that follow my privacy and security blog, you know that I’m passionate about the privacy of British Colombians. I’ve written there before about the usage of trackers, as well as how the Canadian corporate media uses trackers to follow your surfing habits. It’s important to know that some trackers are more dangerous than others; in order to determine which, you’d have to review the privacy policy of the tracker itself. My friend Christopher Parsons has written articles on the trackers Doubleclick and Quantcast discussing their use of  data collected from various websites. In summary, while not all equal, all trackers are bad. Trackers collect full details on every page you were on, what you looked at on the page, and for how long. That’s a lot of valuable information for the website owner. It makes me wonder – how much of our political party research is for sale?

      This quickly came rushing back to me as I was reviewing the policy documents of the four major B.C. political parties to see what, if anything, their stance on privacy, security and technology was. I quickly discovered that all four major B.C. political parties are using trackers. I’ll leave it up to them to explain why they’re using trackers, but it does beg the question – are they selling your information? Would the 3rd parties they are providing that information to be willing to sell that to the other political parties for competitive advantage?

      The stats as of today, March 16, 2013:

      B.C. Political PartyTrackers
      Conservative Party1
      Liberal Party4
      Green Party5

      Do they offer a secure version of their website?

      B.C. Political PartyIs it available with TLS/SSL
      Conservative PartyNo; certificate for secure.bcconservative.ca
      Liberal PartyNo; certificiate for localhost.localdomain
      NDPRedirects to insecure website?
      Green PartyNo; certificate for nationbuilder.com


      It’s worth noting that even the governing body Elections BC use two trackers, and does not offer a secure (SSL/TLS) version of their website.

      You can install Ghostery for your browser to see which trackers are being used on the sites you visit, and you can use this tool to block them as well. As to finding the political parties’ respective stances on privacy, security and technology, I’m still looking…

      • cqwww 8:08 am on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
        Tags: , Amsterdam, awesome, British Columbia, cannabis, Dean Fortin, LEAP, legalization, marijuana, NEO, New Economic Order, , Ross Honeywell,   

        Welcome to the New Amsterdam 

        Victoria has always been a tourist city, but for the first time in a long time, that is going to hit new heights. We have a new city council, lead once again by a progressive mayor who isn’t afraid to lead the way with positive change.

        On March 12, 2012, councillor Ben Isitt proposed a motion to the Governance and Priorities Committee entitled, “Support a Regulatory Approach to Cannabis Control”. On Thursday, March, 15th, the motion was passed. On March 22nd at 7:30pm, this vote will go in front of the entire city council.

        This signals a proactive change in the community; it will instantly affect organized crime in the area, who until now have been in an unregulated industry. Now, cannabis will be regulated in the same way it is for medicinal usage; but now you’ll have to be of age, know that it’s not been laced with drugs, and the province will profit. Perhaps we can put a percentage of that profit into mental health research.

        I’m not sure Victoria is ready for a tourism boost of this scale; we’ll once again be a glimmer in the eye of the globe trotters who are looking for a place that prioritizes on health, safety and leisure. According to those to study the new economic order (NEO), the most money is spent by people who focus on travel and tourism around experience, pleasure, wine, and food.

        On March 22nd, when this vote happens in city council, unless you support organized crime and the unregulated, violent distribution of cannabis, get every business professional in the community you know to endorse this motion. We’re about to once again become world leaders, and watch the rest of our jurisdictional neighbours follow our lead.

        If you’d like to send the mayor an email in support of this motion, fill out this form and send it on to your friends and family!

        • Ryan Flach 12:17 am on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          Dear Mayor, I am in FULL support of the “Regulatory approach to Cannabis control” motion put forth by councillor Isitt. This is a great and unique opportunity to boost the local economy with added tourism revenue. Also this is a great opportunity to take an enormous bite out of the pocket-books of organized criminals, gangs and unregulated narcotic dealers.

          • Ryan Flach 12:20 am on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            oops my bad! disregard 🙂

            • Haha 7:28 am on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

              Ha.. You must of been on the bud.

        • Andy 3:04 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          Uh, I hate to kill the buzz but this resolution doesn’t actually create or dismantle any laws or city programs. It’s simply a resolution to announce what Victoria ‘thinks’ should be done. As much as this move is a step in the right direction, it’s convincing or electing a federal government that’s the main concern.

        • Torbjorn 7:28 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          While I think this is great and I’d love this input to Victoria – – won’t this initiative still take months if not years of negotiating with Ottawa? I don’t think local politics, or even Provincial work has much say over “drug” policy in a city. Council can approve and so can the Mayor, but I don’t see Ottawa giving Victoria the go-ahead that quickly to make it a revenue incentive . This is, and will continue to be, a Federal battle.

          Guess it has to start somewhere! thanks for the post,

      • cqwww 6:00 am on October 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
        Tags: , , British Columbia, finder, grapes, LCLB, , vin, vino, VQA,   

        B.C. wineries 

        Wondering where to find a winery near you in British Columbia? Wonder no more!

        If you’re the owner of one of these wineries, and would like your business name, website and a 200 word description of your establishment when someone clicks on your winery, or edit the data in any way including geographic accuracy, email kris at privasectech.com.

        This information is provided by the Province of British Columbia under the Open Government License for Government of BC Information v.BC1.0

        • cqwww 7:42 pm on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
          Tags: British Columbia, charity, , , , , , , non-profit, OneDayWebsite   

          Evening to Inspire 

          Tomorrow night will be the 3rd Evening to Inspire event, a fundraiser for the BC Children’s hospital foundation.

          Of course, there’s also a Facebook event.

          IdeaWave and OneDayWebsite have sponsored a table, and as such I’m able to offer a couple discounted tickets at my table if you can’t afford the full $175 tickets. (contact me asap).

          • cqwww 4:43 pm on October 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
            Tags: black tie, British Columbia, event, formal, , museum, prizes   

            Artifact or artifiction 

            Do you think you can tell the different between the real story about an artifact and a fake one? Would you like to enjoy some cocktails and food in the process? Don’t miss this exciting gala event put on by the Royal BC Museum. Artifact or Artifiction takes place Thursday, October 6th, 2011. Last year the event raised over $90,000. There are still tickets available at $150/person.


            • cqwww 8:07 am on September 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
              Tags: , , British Columbia, liquor, map, private   

              B.C. Private liquor stores 

              Ever wonder where you can find a B.C. private liquor store near you? Wonder no more!

              If you’re the owner of one of these liquor stores, and would like your business name, website and a 200 word description of your establishment when someone clicks on your store, email kris at privasectech.com.

              This information is provided by the Province of British Columbia under the Open Government License for Government of BC Information v.BC1.0

              • james 8:50 pm on September 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                nice! what is your data source, it seems incomplete (for example, private liquor store at 6940 Island Highway North in Nanaimo is missing)

                • Anonymous 10:01 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                  I got the data from DataBC: http://bit.ly/qvHoun If you know they’ve updated their dataset, let me know and I’ll update the map!

                  • David Wrate 10:39 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                    Hey Chris, as a public service (to DataBC users) can you also post details of the omission as comment to the dataset ? We’ll make sure that the proper folks are aware of the correction. Cheeers and thanks much for using the data!

            • cqwww 5:52 pm on January 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
              Tags: , , British Columbia, , , hidden gems, ,   

              A sneak peak into Victoria’s secrets 

              This post will only be useful if you’re in Victoria, and on Facebook, but I have created a Facebook group called “Victoria’s secrets”. Not related to the lingerie business, but for us to discuss and share hidden gems found in and around Victoria. It’s one of the few Facebook groups I’m aware of that uses the discussions tab. Join the group, participate in the existing topics or create your own!

              • cqwww 8:21 am on January 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
                Tags: British Columbia, , , opendata, opengov   

                OpenTransitDB is now live 

                Last week-end I was a part of the OpenDataBC hackathon. This is where a group of people interested in using open data (data that was previously confidential, is now placed in the public domain for us all to do what we wish!). I partnered up with Dan Pollock and we created the #OpenTransitDB. It has been placed in a Google Docs spreadsheet, and so anyone can view it. Do note there are two different sheets with a link at the bottom to either, one is for applications and  the other is for data sources. Currently anyone can edit it as well, so add any that we’re missing. Thanks also to Donna Horn for populating the spreadsheet. Final thanks to Herb for organizing and all of the other people who came out and made it possible.

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