“The RCMP watchdog says Mounties improperly took guns from flood-stricken homes in Alberta two years ago — seizures that angered High River residents and fostered mistrust of the national police force.
In a report released Thursday, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission blames the mistakes on poor leadership, lack of guidance and failure to communicate with the public.”
via CBC News – RCMP watchdog raps Mounties over High River gun seizures during 2013 flood.
“Canada’s government on Friday introduced its new anti-terror legislation, a sweeping range of measures that would allow suspects to be detained based on less evidence and let CSIS actively interfere with suspects’ travel plans and finances.”
via Anti-terrorism powers: What’s in the legislation? – Politics – CBC News.
This falls squarely in the “parental responsibility” category and school officials should have no authority to make this kind of demand. (Not to mention the fact that EULAs clearly state not to divulge passwords.) If the issue is serious enough to require access to the student’s account then go through the proper channels and get a warrant.
via Motherboard – Illinois Says Rule-Breaking Students Must Give Teachers Their Facebook Passwords.
“School districts in Illinois are telling parents that a new law may require school officials to demand the social media passwords of students if they are suspected in cyberbullying cases or are otherwise suspected of breaking school rules.”
Just curious what the standard is for freedom of speech in France.
via French Mayor Bans Oscar-Nominated Muslim Film – Tablet Magazine.
“Timbuktu was premiered last May at Cannes and released in Paris last month. According to its distributor Jean Labadie noted that the movie had already been shown in more than 1,500 French cities “without causing the slightest incident.” Under pressure from social media and the Socialist opposition, Bénisti revised his position, telling Le Monde that Timbuktu would be rescheduled in two weeks and shown in the context of a debate featuring Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders.”
I was surprised to learn that this is even an issue. The nanny state really needs to weasel their way into everything, don’t they? Heaven forbid parents might want to spend a little extra time with their kids.
From Lifehacker: “In some states, it is illegal for parents to pull kids out of school for ‘unallowed’ reasons, such as family events or vacations, with some parents charged with misdemeanors, given fines, or even threatened with jail time.”
Read the full post – Should Taking Kids Out of School for Family Vacation Be Illegal?