The Protection of Free Speech in Canada – Case of Eric Brazau Cause for Concern

By on January 15, 2015

Recent media reports have noted the case of Eric Brazau, who is serving a lengthy sentence in prison for offensive and disturbing remarks he made on a Toronto subway in relation to the Islamic faith.  CCLA disagrees in the strongest possible terms with the content of Mr. Brazau’s message, and the manner in which he […]

CCLA Defends Free Speech and Personal Autonomy at the Supreme Court

By on January 15, 2015

On Friday, January 16, 2015, CCLA will be appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener in the cases of R. v. Barabash and R. v. Rollison.  These appeals consider the Criminal Code’s child pornography provisions and, in particular, the personal use exception to child pornography that was established by the Supreme Court in R. v. […]

CCLA Intervenes to Protect the Right to Vote

By on January 6, 2015

CCLA is appearing before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Frank v. Canada, a case which deals with the fundamental right of all Canadian citizens to cast a ballot in a federal election.  The Frank case challenges provisions of the Canada Elections Act that prohibits Canadians citizens who have resided outside of the country for more than five years from […]

CCLA Mourns Passing of Eddie Greenspan

By on December 24, 2014

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Edward Greenspan, one of Canada’s most celebrated lawyers and a long time Board member and Vice President of CCLA.

Over the years Mr. Greenspan represented the CCLA on many occasions, and was passionately committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of all.  “He […]

CCLA Disappointed by Federal Government’s Inadequate Response to Ashley Smith Inquest Recommendations

By on December 12, 2014

On December 11, 2014, the Correctional Service of Canada released its response to the findings of the Ashley Smith inquest, nearly one full year following the inquest jury’s verdict and detailed recommendations. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association – which participated in the Ashley Smith inquest – is deeply disappointed with the Government’s response, which we […]

CCLA concerned by Supreme Court judgment on police cell phone searches

By on December 11, 2014

The Supreme Court’s decision this morning in R. v. Fearon gives the police seemingly wide latitude to search cell phones – without warrants – upon individuals’ arrest.  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is concerned that the judgment represents a significant blow to the privacy rights of average Canadians.  Searching cell phones or any personal digital […]

CCLA and PBLO Partnering to Aid Defendants in SLAPP Suits

By on December 2, 2014

On December 1, 2014, the Ontario government introduced a Bill (Bill 52, Protection of Public Participation Act) to deal with the issue of lawsuits aimed at silencing public participation.  Known as “SLAPP” suits, which stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation” or “Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation”, these lawsuits are directed against […]

CCLA’s Submissions on Proposed Changes to CSIS Act (Bill C-44)

By on November 26, 2014

The government recently introduced Bill C-44, which would amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act to give CSIS greater powers to engage in intelligence-gathering activities outside of Canada.  The Bill would also create a new privilege for human sources that provide information to CSIS on a promise of confidentiality.  While the CCLA recognizes that intelligence […]

Censorship Tracker Launched: A New Tool to Monitor Threats to Free Expression in Canada

By on November 20, 2014

CCLA, in partnership with PEN Canada, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has launched Censorship Tracker, an online crowd-sourced mapping tool to monitor threats to freedom of expression in Canada.  The map will allow Canadians to track instances of censorship across Canada, and see how censorship changes over […]

Call to Action – Please help us take a stand for equal rights for trans people – Phone Senators on November 20

By on November 19, 2014

Canada’s Senate is about to take a decision on whether to extend important human rights protections to trans individuals in Canada. Bill C-279 seeks to recognize the right of trans people to be free from discrimination and to be protected from hate crimes.

CCLA has made submissions to the House of Commons and the Senate, asking […]