Little-known federal monitoring centre tracked bee protest

The Oct. 16, 2013 protest, called a Bee Die In, was meant to demonstrate how “bees are dying at an unprecedented rate around the world,” according to the event’s Facebook page. Some people at the rally dressed up as food, flowers or animals.

The protest, held on the same day as the throne speech and a suspicious package delivery at the prime minister’s office that caused the evacuation of the block nearby, attracted around 30 people.

But the Canadian Government Operations Centre, a round-the-clock “monitoring and reporting” enterprise, felt it fit to monitor the event, according to documents released to Embassy under Access to Information legislation.

The disclosure comes as the GOC, which draws up “risk assessments” and co-ordinates federal emergency responses, has maneuvered to share more information with the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency and other US agencies, under the Beyond the Border Action Plan.

via Little-known federal monitoring centre tracked bee protest.

Pressing Refresh Notes:

This goes beyond sad. Pretty bad when concern over bee deaths is considered suspicious enough to require government monitoring.


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