Today's guest host was Jim Brown.
Part One of The Current
It's Wednesday, February 15th.
The government says if you're opposed to giving police greater powers to access electronic information, you're siding with child pornographers.
Currently, it's getting worse. Used to be if you were against the government, you were just supporting the terrorists.
This is The Current.
Cyber Surveillance Bill
We are proposing to bring measures, our laws, into the 21st century and provide police with the lawful tools that they need. You can either stand with us or with the child pornographers.
We started this segment with a clip from federal public safety minister Vic Toews. And as you no doubt know, he made quite a splash with the comment in question period on Monday, responding to a question from the Liberal public safety critic.
Francis Scarpaleggia wanted to know if the government could be trusted with what he called the "sweeping powers" of Bill C-30. The Bill is also known as the "protecting children from internet predators act." And if it passes, as expected, police will be granted new powers to access people's activity on the internet. But in living rooms and chat rooms across the country, critics wonder whether the Bill will really help the police catch child pornographers -- or just rob us of more privacy.
Paul Gillespie insists it's the former. He is the President and CEO of the Kids Internet Safety Alliance, also known as Kinsa. It's a charitable organization whose goal it is to protect, heal and rescue child victims of abuse on the internet. Paul Gillespie is also a former Toronto Police officer who set up the force's Child Exploitation Unit. He joined us in our Toronto studio. And Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.
We did request an interview with Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, as well. We didn't hear back from his office.
This segment was produced by The Current's Kathleen Goldhar, Liz Hoath and St. John's Network producer, Heather Barrett.
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