News Receive email alerts CanadaAmericas November 11, 2020 Find out more Links:Electronic Frontier CanadaLigue des droits et libertés (in French)Privacy Commissioner of CanadaCommunications Security EstablishmentCanadian Radio-television and Telecommunications CommissionThe C-36 anti-terrorist lawAbout legal access to go further June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Canada January 15, 2021 Find out more After the 11 September attacks, parliament passed an anti-terrorist law on 18 December 2001 that undermined the principle of protecting journalistic sources. News Organisation “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” Help by sharing this information News The law amended the Criminal Code, the National Defence Act, the Official Secrets Act and the law about individual freedoms. Changes to the Criminal Code extended electronic surveillance of criminal organisations to cover terrorist groups and police will no longer have to show that such monitoring is a last resort. The decision remains one for a Supreme Court judge to make but the maximum authorised period of it was increased from 60 days to a year.A change in the National Defence Act allows the defence minister to authorise the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) to intercept private communications (including electronic ones) linked to activity defined by the defence minister (chapter 273.65.1). The confidentiality of e-mail communication, and with it the protection of journalistic sources, has clearly been destroyed. The CSE’s rules, however, say it cannot monitor Canadians or people living in Canada.The government began consultations on 25 August 2002 about adapting to new technology various laws allowing legal access by prosecutors to private documents in the interest of the security and welfare of Canadians. It proposed that all ISPs be obliged to ensure they had the technical means to provide legal access to their data by national security officials. In effect, they would have to retain and provide data about their customers.The government noted that the Criminal Code banned deliberate interception of private communications. But, in an attempt to justify possible interception of e-mail messages, it argued that when a message was written down, it was no longer really private, since it could easily fall into the hands of someone else.These views were fiercely attacked by Privacy Commissioner George Radwanski in a report in late January 2003. He accused the government of using the 11 September attacks as an excuse to collect and use more and more data about private individuals. Such measures had no place in a free and democratic society and showed the government’s contempt for privacy, he said On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” RSF_en November 19, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Canada News CanadaAmericas
Roy Keane names three Arsenal players that are a ‘big problem’ for Mikel Arteta Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Sep 2020 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares View 5 comments Keane was unimpressed by Arsenal’s back three (Picture: SKY)‘There’s no getting away from that but he will still want some improvement,’ Keane told Sky Sports.‘His hands are tied which is a big problem because he still needs a couple more players in. ‘We saw again tonight that defeneivsly – I still think David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding, there’s big question marks over them. Luiz still has that mistake in him’.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta hopes to add to his squad before the transfer window closes next Monday.Arsenal have submitted two bids for Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar but neither offer came close to the Ligue 1 club’s valuation of the midfielder.Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Partey remains a priority but the likes of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira may have to make way before activating a £45m release clause in the Ghanaian’s contract.MORE: Jurgen Klopp argues with Manchester United legend Roy Keane after Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal Advertisement Mikel Arteta’s side were well beaten by Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Roy Keane believes Mikel Arteta has a ‘big problem’ on his hands because Kieran Tierney, David Luiz and Rob Holding are not good enough for the Gunners.The Spaniard’s side were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield, despite taking the lead in the first half through Alexandre Lacazette.The Frenchman’s strike gave Arsenal something to hold onto but their lead lasted just two minutes as Sadio Mane equalised before Andrew Robertson put the Reds ahead going into the half-time break.Arsenal stayed in the game but as they pushed forward for an equaliser, Diogo Jota capitalised on the extra space by wrapping up the victory.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners have made improvements under Arteta but Keane believes that the defensive trio that started in a back three at Anfield underline how far the club have to go.
Sustainability-related disclosure rules proposed by EU supervisors have a focus on retail investors and are not yet appropriate for pension funds, which in some cases should be considered as end-investors rather than their members and beneficiaries, according to PensionsEurope.Responding to the supervisors’ joint consultation on so-called regulatory technical standards (RTS) for the EU sustainable finance disclosure regulation (SFDR), the lobby group said the draft rules raised concerns because of a lack of flexibility that “does not always reflect market realities and would not fit the information needs of pension funds’ members and beneficiaries”.In many countries, it noted, members and beneficiaries did not have any investment choice and could be automatically or mandatorily enrolled.Where pension fund members and beneficiaries did not have an investment choice – Belgium, the Netherlands and most plans in Germany, for example – the pension fund itself should be considered the end-investor and the SFDR’s greenwashing objective was irrelevant “as ESG is never used as a selling point”, PensionsEurope said. The final environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure rules that the European supervisory authorities (ESAs) come up with needed to avoid “stifling IORPs with inappropriate and burdensome rules with very little added value in improving members’ and beneficiaries’ ESG awareness,” it argued.“We urge the ESAs to take into account [members’ and beneficiaries’] perspective on the disclosures, which differs significantly from that of retail clients proactively seeking to buy a responsible or sustainable financial product,” PensionsEurope said.On principal adverse impactsA key feature of the SFDR is the introduction of a requirement to make disclosures about “principal adverse impacts” (PAIs), with the ESAs having proposed mandatory reporting against 32 indicators.PensionsEurope said it welcomed the proportionality considerations adopted in the application of the PAI disclosure requirements, but that below the threshold of 500 employees, any due diligence pursued voluntarily should not imply mandatory disclosure against the full set of indicators.“Otherwise,” the association said, “financial market participants with less than 500 employees would be strongly disincentivised to do any due diligence, as it would imply immediately full reporting against the indicators.”For entities with more than 500 employees, the lobby group suggested that the ESAs allow financial market participants – a broad range of organisations covered by the SFDR – to prioritise the adverse impacts and select the relevant indicators based on their materiality.It noted that the SFDR did not provide a definition of adverse impact and questioned “filling in a central, but undefined, concept through a regulatory standard”.“The best effort approach to obtain data from companies does not reflect the operational realities of pension funds”Another issue raised by PensionsEurope is the often cited one of ESG data availability – the association said it is currently insufficient to enable compliance with the new disclosure requirements “with the level of precision required by the draft RTS”.The best effort approach to obtain data from companies “does not reflect the operational realities of pension funds”.The point was echoed by Pensioenfederatie, with the Dutch pension fund association saying that Article 7(2)a of the draft RTS implied that entities should first aim to obtain any missing data on the adverse impact indicators from investee companies.“If this interpretation of the proposed text does not correspond to the way the provision was intended, we still ask for a clarification as most other stakeholders seem to share this interpretation,” Pensioenfederatie said.‘Extremely tight’ timelineAnother issue of concern to both PensionsEurope and Pensioenfederatie – as well as other investor groups such as Efama, the European asset management association – is the timeline for implementation of the new rules.Both the pension bodies said they appreciated the ESAs’ highlighting to the European Commission the extremely tight implementation timeline, and urged the supervisors to “continue to put forward this message” as no action had yet been taken to mitigate the problem. In Pensioenfederatie’s case, it said it was urging for this despite acknowledging the limited role the ESAs could play in this regard.“We are very concerned that our members will not be able to achieve compliance with the SFDR within the timespan between the adoption of the RTS and the 11th of March 2021,” the Dutch group said.The ESAs have suggested to the Commission to revisit the application date of the SFDR, and, backing this, Efama has called for its postponement until at least 1 January 2022. It said this was still a challenging, yet manageable timeline, coherent with the application date for the requirements under the EU taxonomy regulation.PensionsEurope said the RTS are due to be finalised by the end of January 2021.Read moreEU sustainable finance: The promise of disclosuresNew EU sustainability reporting requirements for investors could drive companies to improve disclosures. But making the new standards useful for end-investors could still be a challengeLooking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.
Two rivals in the sports fraternity were united at the one-week celebration of ace broadcaster, Kwadwo Asare Baffuor Acheampong also known as KABA. President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi and his avowed critic, Patrick Osei Agyemang commonly known as Countryman Songo embraced and danced to demonstrate their unity to the excitement of the crowd at the one-week celebration of the late presenter.This comes after President of the GFA launched a $2m libel suit against Multimedia Group Limited (MGL) for allegedly being described on its platforms as the ‘head of a mafia’. Nyantakyi, who is also Vice President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), sued two of its journalists, Patrick Osei Agyeman and Kofi Asare Brako also known as Abatay (who now works with Atinka FM) for consistently defaming him for years on the Multimedia Group owned radio station Asempa FM.Nyantakyi claimed Asempa FM – a local-language FM station owned by MGL – tarnished his image in a series of broadcasts involving both journalists.But the neutrality and professionalism of KABA though no more was able to unite these two who had vowed never to see eye-to-eye. Mr Nyantakyi after expressing his condolence to the late KABA’s family and the Multimedia Group also donated ¢2000 and 20 boxes of bottled water to support the funeral of the late Asempa FM presenter.The families of KABA and those of Valentina are here with a unity of purpose – to give a befitting one week to the departed soul of the once bubbly broadcaster.