Bill C-23: A bill undermined by its own provisions

Even though a year has passed since the government introduced its newest bill to implement new preclearance measures at Canadian airports, debates about the system outlined in Bill C-23 still remain heated as ever. According to CBC, the Prime Minister’s Office is still being flooded with emails from Canadians who are worried about the powers […]

The Changing Face of National Security, Cyber Threats – Part 2: Cybersecurity

On August 10, 2017, in Anti-terrorism, Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, by senjaffer

When I last wrote about cybersecurity, I mostly focused how much damage could be done by attacks, and the WannaCry attack that caused chaos worldwide in May. However, several massive attacks have been uncovered since then: For example, Reuters recently revealed that critical infrastructure across Europe has been under constant attack from hostile governments across […]

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Mobility Rights, Part 1 – Introduction

From this week onwards, my blog will be moving on to cover a different right from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: the mobility rights within Section 6! The basic purpose of the mobility rights is simple- they allow Canadians to go wherever they wish without government interference. However, since the Charter’s signing in […]

The Changing Face of National Security, Cyber Threats – Part 1

On July 31, 2017, in Anti-terrorism, Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, by senjaffer

If critical infrastructure is Canada’s newest vulnerability to watch in the 21st century, then cyberattacks are Canada’s biggest threat to watch. The term cyberattack covers a large number of different threats related to computers. It describes anything from spyware which passively watches anything an infected computer does, to ransomware, which threatens to destroy the compromised […]

Women in the CAF – Sexual Misconduct and Operation Honour

On July 18, 2017, in Anti-terrorism, Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, by senjaffer

While writing blogs on different aspects of national defence, I usually start with statistics to provide context about each topic. However, statistics cannot even begin to describe the horror of the sexual violence that plagues our military. Instead, I will quote Lise Gauthier, a woman who frequently dealt with sexual misconduct during her 25 year […]

The Changing Face of National Security: Critical Infrastructure

On July 11, 2017, in Anti-terrorism, Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, by senjaffer

With the 21st century, our way of viewing national security has changed. Discussions on national security are shifting to address a new vulnerability for Canada: our dependence on certain assets in our everyday lives! For example, we expect continuous use of electricity for our appliances and buildings, we need telecommunications systems to email or call […]

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Democratic Rights, Part 3 – Voting Rights in the Modern Day

Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of the members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein. In my previous blog, I outlined how the democratic rights from Sections 3 to 5 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms […]

Women in the Canadian Armed Forces: Recruitment

Today, I will return to a topic that I have covered in several previous posts, and will continue to repeat: the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is struggling to meet its goals for female representation, and is showing few signs of improvement. In fact, the Auditor General released a report in 2016 which stated that the […]

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Democratic Rights, Part 2 The Evolving Charter

In my last entry for this series, I demonstrated how the democratic rights outlined in sections 3-5 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms were designed to prevent the return of laws from Canadian history that either disenfranchised specific groups or interfered with the fairness of elections. However, by the time the Charter was […]

Women in the Canadian Armed Forces

On June 22, 2017, in Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, Women's Rights, by senjaffer

In yesterday’s blog, I took the opportunity to cover Canada’s difficulties in reaching out to its multicultural population. However, it is worth noting that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)’s challenges do not end there- it also struggles to recruit and retain women- particularly in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where women only make up 8.9% […]