The federal privacy commissioner recently commissioned a report which looked into how political parties use your private information.
Due to the ongoing investigation of robocalls, the commission is sceptical with the amount of private and personal information –such as how you vote, your age, your ethnic background and religion, and other information- that political parties are keeping record of.
According to The Canadian Press, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart commissioned the research report in 2009 because of worries that the American data-collection systems were going to be adopted by Canadian politics.
An example of political parties exploiting our private information comes from a case from 2007, where Jewish voters received Rosh Hashanah cards from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Do you think this is a big deal? Do you view this information as not that private, thus you don’t really care if the political parties keep/use it? Or are you uncomfortable with this?
Another story that I want to discuss is about the qualifications/competence of youth care workers.
On Wednesday, the Alberta NDP called on Alberta’s Child and Youth Advocate to investigate the case of a 17 year-old male living at a Camrose group home whom murdered Dianne McClements, a 61 year-old care giver, and stole her vehicle, CBC News reported. The NDP also wants to know how this will affect the youth in residence.
The 17 year-old male is being charged with second-degree murder and theft of a vehicle.
“The factors at play in last weekend’s fatality impact many youth in care throughout the province and it’s the advocate’s role to make sure Alberta’s vulnerable youth are receiving the best, safest and most secure care possible,” Rachel Notley told CBC News.
Notley also said that the advocate needs to look into the quality of care that the vulnerable youth are getting.
“The youth that end up in some form of care are increasingly challenged,” she said. “We’re basically asking people who earn $15 an hour, who often have no training to do this (to) provide care and support to high risk children.”
So what do you suppose we should do to fix this? Because having an unqualified person look after “high risk children” is like having a professional painter be your personal mechanic; they don’t know the protocols. Write your ideas down below.
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