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Senate Committee Liveblog: CSIS Director Richard Fadden talks anti-terrorism provisions

As noted in OotD, CSIS director Richard Fadden is scheduled to appear before the Senate anti-terrorism committee, which has recently undertaken what will likely be a scrupulous review of the government's oft-introduced but never passed amendments to various and sundry provisions of the Anti-terrorism Act later this afternoon.   

Courtesy of LegisInfo, here's a summary of the proposed changes: 

This enactment replaces sections 83.28 to 83.3 of the Criminal Code to provide for an investigative hearing for the purpose of gathering information for an investigation of a terrorism offence and to allow for the imposition of a recognizance with conditions on a person to prevent them from carrying out a terrorist activity. In addition, the enactment provides for those sections to cease to have effect or for the possible extension of their operation. The enactment also provides that the Attorney General of Canada and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness include in their respective annual reports their opinion on whether those sections should be extended. It also amends the Criminal Code to create offences of leaving or attempting to leave Canada to commit certain terrorism offences.

The enactment also amends the Canada Evidence Act to allow the Federal Court to order that applications to it with respect to the disclosure of sensitive or potentially injurious information be made public and to allow it to order that hearings related to those applications be heard in private. In addition, the enactment provides for the annual reporting on the operation of the provisions of that Act that relate to the issuance of certificates and fiats.

The enactment also amends the Security of Information Act to increase, in certain cases, the maximum penalty for harbouring a person who committed an offence under that Act.

Lastly, it makes technical amendments in response to a parliamentary review of these Acts.

 Check back at 2:30 for full coverage! 

 Mobile-friendly liveblog available here.
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