Week of Education & ‘Thunderclap’ Twitter Storm against Bill C-51 (#StopC51)

Ottawa, Ontario (TFC) — Deeply concerned Canadians nationwide are letting the Government know loud and clear that it is acting against the will of its people with its reckless, dangerous, and ineffective ‘Secret Police’ Bill C-51. This is evidenced by a further ‘Week of Education’ that has been planned following the National Day of Action against Bill C-51.c51

The National Event Hub for upcoming ‘direct action’ can be found here. Most of the direct actions are occurring on April 18th.  See below for a list of events and locations. The ‘online action’ is 24/7, but specifically and especially on April 13th.

OpenMedia, one of the driving forces behind the campaign (besides the collective will of Canadians of course) has written the following:

Canada’s response to secret police Bill C-51 is unprecedented.

Since launching the Bill in late January, the new law has steadily fallen out of favor with Canadians.

It’s not hard to understand why. C-51 would recklessly undermine our privacy rights, allowing CSIS to act like a secret police force. The Bill is so vaguely worded that it could censor free expression, forcing the takedown of online content and silencing critics of government policy.

We’re going to make sure this law gets scrapped and let the government know once and for all that we won’t stand for mass, indiscriminate spying.

On Monday, April 13th, just before MPs return to Parliament for the spring session, we will be launching a Thunderclap twitter campaign, to start a nationwide Week of Education about Bill C-51. This coordinated twitter platform will automatically tweet our message at the government on your behalf. (If you don’t want to authorize the app to tweet for you, you can just share our message on Monday, April 13th.)

The Thunderclap app is a website that syndicates a message across multiple social networks with a set goal for a number of shares and a campaign expiration date. The campaign link can be found here

The data from this image is about a week old already. It is probably already accurate to say that the overwhelming majority of Canadians are opposed to Bill C-51. If not already the case it will certainly be so after the Week of Education.

(Image: OpenMedia)

An Interim Schedule for the Week of Education has been released, Check here for most recent updates.

April 13th: Thunderclap and Petition Drive: http://StopC51.ca
(You collect petitions in person using the link above on your phone or by printing this out: https://openmedia.ca/sites/openmedia.ca/files/Print_Petition_StopC51.pdf)

April 14th: Letters to local papers: http://OpenMedia.org/SecretPolice
April 15th: Write your MP: http://StopC51.ca/mp
April 16th: Call your MP (action page coming soon)
April 17th: TBD
April 18th: Local canvassing, forums, film screenings, marches, rallies
April 19th: TBD
April 20th: Closing petition drive

Here is a list of protest events, Most of these are for APRIL 18th

Toronto Facebook Event Page
Calgary Facebook Event Page
Edmonton Facebook Event Page
Elliot Lake Facebook Event Page
Guelph Facebook Event Page
Halifax Facebook Event Page
Kamloops Facebook Event Page
London Facebook Event Page
Montreal Facebook Event Page
Moosejaw Facebook Event Page
Newmarket Facebook Event Page
Ottawa Facebook Event Page
Prince George Facebook Event Page (04/10)
Sarnia Facebook Event Page
Sudbury Facebook Event Page
Vancouver Facebook Event Page
Victoria Facebook Event Page
Vernon Facebook Event Page
Winnipeg Facebook Event Page

In a related turn of events, It appears as if the Liberal Party of Canada has had some questionable conversations on the topic. They were caught contacting LeadNow, one of the other driving forces behind the #StopC51 Campaign, and telling them to “declare victory and go home” as SomeProgress.ca reports.

In a perfect example of the ‘Streisand effect’, the comments by the Liberals has only strengthened the resolve of Canadians to be more determined than ever to protect Canada from the reckless, dangerous, and ineffective ‘Secret Police’ Bill C-51.

Wikipedia describes the Streisand effect as “the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet”.

It is important to note that in the perspective of the recipient of those comments, that “the Liberals have *not* told us to stop our campaign on C-51.”

As more Canadians learn about what Harper’s Conservatives are doing to Canada, and the -‘Conservative Light’ Liberal Party of Canada- support those actions receive, Bill C-51 is becoming regarded as increasingly anti-Canadian. Will it’s radioactivity be enough to bring down all parties that support it?

Nigel Todman is an Independent Journalist, Technical Consultant, Social Activist, Web Developer and Computer Programmer from Ontario, Canada. Add him to Facebook and/or Follow him on Twitter E-mail: nigel [at] naaij [dot] org [PGP]