By Sukanya Pillay on April 23, 2013
Yesterday the Government resumed debate about reinstating two sunsetted provisions relating to preventive arrest and investigative hearings — which are included in Bill S7 (Combatting Terrorism Act).
CCLA is supportive of the Government’s legal duty to take every lawful measure to protect Canadians from the threat of terrorism — but we are not supportive of Bill S7. In [...]
By Cara Zwibel on April 22, 2013
CCLA has written to Montreal Councillor Alex Norris who planned to introduce a motion to repeal Montreal’s controversial bylaw: P-6. The bylaw requires individuals to provide prior notice to police of their meeting places and demonstration itineraries regardless of the size of the planned protest and without making any exceptions for spontaneous assemblies. The bylaw [...]
By Abby Deshman on April 19, 2013
The CCLA is before the Supreme Court today, arguing that police officers involved in an investigation by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) into the use of force resulting in death or serious injury to a civilian are not entitled to the assistance of legal counsel in the preparation of their duty notes of the incident. [...]
By Dora Chan on April 16, 2013
The United Nations Human Rights Council is now conducting its comprehensive review of Canada’s compliance with international human rights laws – its Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
A delegation of Canadian civil society groups was in Geneva last month, March 2013, to attend a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council – to tell the Council the [...]
By Abby Deshman on April 5, 2013
The Supreme Court has released its decision in Penner v. NRPSB, a case that examined whether a finding by the police complaints system can effectively terminate an ongoing or subsequent civil action. The Supreme Court affirmed that, due significant differences between the two legal procedures, it would be a “serious affront to basic principles of [...]
By Cara Zwibel on April 4, 2013
The CCLA is deeply concerned about the Montreal police force’s use of a controversial municipal bylaw to cut off social protests before they begin, detain individuals en masse, and issue costly tickets to individuals seeking to exercise their constitutionally protected rights.
In May of 2012 Montreal’s City Council adopted amendments to a bylaw that made it [...]
By Dora Chan on April 4, 2013
Can’t make it to our “Refugee Rights are Human Rights” event as part of celebrations for Refugee Rights Day in Canada? We’ll be live blogging the event today – check it out below!
By Dora Chan on April 2, 2013
Dear CCLA supporters,
April 4th is Refugee Rights Day in Canada and CCLA’s message for this year is that human rights are for everyone, no matter where someone is born. Fair and just processes must be available to everyone.
April 26th is the day that Canada will be asked questions about its commitment to International Human Rights at [...]
By Dora Chan on March 27, 2013
The CCLA is used to doing work on equality and freedom issues across Canada, but the organization is also one of several on the international scene that engages in advocacy and education work on these issues. CCLA is part of a group of like-minded organizations that has submitted a brief to the United States Supreme [...]
By Abby Deshman on March 27, 2013
The CCLA is extremely pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision in R. v. Telus, which upholds strong privacy protections for the millions of Canadians who communicate via text message. The Criminal Code contains comprehensive provisions on intercepting private communication, giving individuals heightened privacy protection when police apply for a wiretap authorization. The Canadian Civil Liberties [...]