July 11, 2010
I hardly recognize Canada today. In the past few years we’ve become more paranoid as a nation, a country in which the national narrative emphasizes control – often in the name of security. This has happened despite the facts on the ground: that crime rates are lower today than they have been in decades and that they have been trending lower for years. Yet somehow we have become more fearful, and this unquestioned need for security is being used to reduce government transparency, curtail our civil liberties, increase surveillance, and infringe our once-unquestioned rights as citizens.