Censorship:

Censorship is typically considered to be the removal or blocking of information, speech, or expression. It also includes “self-censorship,” where individuals or organizations limit what they say for fear of repercussions

- From Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Freedom of Expression:

The right to express yourself and form your own opinions is an essential feature of a democracy.  In Canada, section 2(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression”

-From Canadian Civil Liberties Association

HTTP 451:

HTTP 451 Unavailable For Legal Reasons is an error status code of the HTTP protocol to be displayed when the user requests a resource which cannot be served for legal reasons, such as a web page censored by a government


-From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia 

www.infobreach.ca has been 'locked'

Due to legal action initiated by the GNWT my website has been placed under 'registrar lock'

While my website is under 'registrar lock', I can still post new content, but I am unable to transfer, update, or delete the www.infobreach.ca domain - this is an unjustified interference with my legal rights

Ironically, www.infobreach.ca did not actually detail an 'infobreach'

Rather, my website was critical of the GNWT's failure to recognize and protect personal information

Sure, some personal information was shared for impact, but this was no breach of anything . . .

  • Not a breach of an 'Oath of Office' - I never swore an 'Oath of Office'
  • Not a breach of employee duties - I was not an employee at the time they gave me continuing access to the information
  • Not a breach of fiduciary duties or confidentiality - I was not in a professional relationship with the GNWT at the time they gave me continuing access to the information

Instead, I had continuing access to information because they specifically extended my access to it

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They didn't just override and extend my powers in PeopleSoft, they also extended and intercepted my former work email for 11 months after I ceased employment . . . these are the things I was critical of on my website

Which makes the demand to shut down my website an unjustifiable breach of my freedom of expression

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Any person in Canada – whether they are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or newcomer - has certain Fundamental Freedoms, including the right to freedom of expression


That means that any person making any criticism of the Government of the Northwest Territories should not be subject to fear of legal reprisal, and most definitely not to actual legal reprisal


The demand, inclusive of legal threat, for the immediate shut down of my website is completely out of proportion to any interest that this demand might possibly seek to protect


If this demand is what the Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories believe represents the fair and reasonable administration of government in a free and democratic society, 


then I suggest better education is necessary

CASE STUDY: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

How the Government of the Northwest Territories took an alleged information breach and made it into a full-blown violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms