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Project Briefs

Wednesday 29 February 2012, by Stephen Eldon Kerr

Stop Online Spying

Alternatives is in support of The Canadian government and Minister Vic Toews are currently trying to ram through an anti-Internet set of electronic surveillance laws that will invade your privacy and cost you money. The plan is to force every phone and Internet provider to surrender our personal information to "authorities" without a warrant.

This bizarre legislation will create Internet surveillance that is:
Warrantless: A range of "authorities" will have the ability to invade the private lives of law-abiding Canadians and our families using wired Internet and mobile devices, without a warrant or any justification.

Invasive and Dangerous: The laws leave our personal and financial information less secure and more susceptible to cybercrime.

Costly: Internet services providers may be forced to install millions of dollars worth of spying technology and the cost will be passed down to YOU.

Alternatives encourage all our supporters to sign the petition now, forward it to everyone you know, and visit the Stop Spying website to learn much more.

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Alternatives Montreal — Montreal, Canada

Alternatives is in support of the Voices-Voix coalition. Voices-Voix is a non-partisan coalition of Canadians and Canadian organizations committed to defending the people’s collective and individual rights to dissent, advocacy and democratic space. It believes that both citizens and governments have positive roles to play in supporting civil society, and in encouraging respect for democratic rights and values, including free speech, transparency and equality. Voices-Voix documents attacks against organizations, individuals and institutions that have raised their voices, to show the pattern of government silencing of free speech, and offer solidarity to those who have been targeted. The organization promotes debate amongst its members and allies about how to defend the space for democratic dissent and advocacy in Canada, through its forum and events. It also encourages Canadians to raise their voices so that governments meet their core responsibilities to respect the equality, transparency and diversity of voices that make a democracy thrive.

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Honduras and Nicaragua: Union Advocacy and Training

Alternatives support Union advocacy and training in both Nicaragua and Honduras. In conjunction with Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), Confederacion Unitario de Trabajadores de Honduras (CUTH ), Central Sandinista de Trabajadores (CST) this project offers workers in Honduras and Nicaragua greater autonomy through the creation of dynamic participation. The objective is to create a training program in order to reinforce the governing capacity of union organizations in these countries. The project also aims to encourage union organizations to confront the challenges of regional integration in favor of women’s participation in the work force.

This project serves to heighten the influence of union organizations within decision-making bodies and to increase the number of unions and the number of women in union organizations. In addition, the project aims to improve organizational and administrative capacities of union leaders in order to increase the influence and representation of central unions for the defense of worker’s rights.

Contact Person & Details: Marcela Escribano ; 514-982-6606 p.2229
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Maghreb/Mashriq: Civil Society Web Portal:

In collaboration with Alternatives (Morocco) and other partners of Alternatives International, Alternatives is supporting the establishment of the Web Portal “” to contribute to the increasing participation of social movements in the Maghreb/Mashreq region, offering citizens ideas and alternatives on a number of political phenomena.

The project will allow participating organizations to express their contributions and positions on diverse issues related to development, human rights, governance, economy, women’s issues, youth, etc. The autonomous and automatic system of publication developed by Alternatives has already demonstrated its potential. It provides instantaneous publication of all pertinent information and eliminates the necessity for organizations to require high levels of computer performance.

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