CCLA Reacts to Nomination of new Privacy Commissioner

By on May 29, 2014

Prime Minister Harper announced his nomination of Daniel Therrien as the next Privacy Commissioner of Canada.  Mr. Therrien is currently serving as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio, at the Department of Justice and the appointment will have to be approved by resolution of the House of Commons and Senate.   [...]

CCLA Marks 100 Years Since the Komogata Maru, and the Legacy of Canadian Immigration Policy

By on May 23, 2014

The past has much to teach us if we choose to learn. Specifically, history shows us the dangers of vilifying and/or discriminating against migrants. The story of the Komagata Maru is one such story.

One hundred years ago today the ship Komagata Maru arrived in Canada carrying immigrants ready to start a new life in this [...]

Press Release: CCLA Challenges Constitutionality Of Privacy Legislation

By on May 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE CANADIAN CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION CHALLENGES CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PRIVACY LEGISLATION

Toronto -  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has launched a constitutional challenge to parts of the federal privacy legislation that effectively permits private companies to engage in warrantless disclosure of personal information to government. The challenge is part of CCLA’s ongoing work in the [...]

CCLA supports students to launch court challenge of mandatory prom Breathalyzer

By on May 21, 2014

Recently the Canadian Civil Liberties Association wrote to Northern Secondary School outlining the organization’s concerns with the school’s plans to make every student entering the prom undergo a Breathalyzer test.  On Tuesday, May 20th, CCLA-cooperating pro bono lawyers filed an application in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice requesting a declaration that the proposed policy violates [...]

CCLA Challenges Federal Privacy Legislation

By on May 21, 2014

Click here to read the Toronto Star‘s front page coverage of CCLA’s challenge.

CCLA is bringing an Application in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice to challenge parts of Canada’s federal private-sector privacy legislation, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  This is the law that regulates how personal information is collected, used and disclosed [...]

Toronto Event – “Standing Room Only III: An Evening of Shoe Stories From Around the Globe”

By on May 20, 2014

When: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014. 7:30 p.m., Reception at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, 14 Elm Street, Toronto, ON

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is delighted to invite you to The Shoe Project’s performance, ”Standing Room Only III: An Evening of Shoe Stories From Around the Globe.”

The Shoe Project is an exciting, ongoing writing workshop for women [...]

CCLA launches new report on police record checks

By on May 17, 2014

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has released a report, False promises, hidden costs: the case for reframing employment and volunteer police record check practices in Canada, questioning the value of widespread police record checks and shining a light on the damaging individual and societal consequences of current practices.

Download CCLA’s press release.
Visit the report website [...]

CCLA objects to mandatory prom Breathalyzer

By on May 15, 2014

On Friday May 9th the Canadian Civil Liberties Association wrote to the principal at Northern Secondary School, objecting to a proposed policy that would make all students submit to a Breathalyzer test in order to enter prom.  While school authorities do have an obligation to provide a safe and secure learning environment, they also have [...]

CCLA Reacts to SCC Ruling in Harkat

By on May 14, 2014

The CCLA has reviewed the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, released today in Minister of Citizenship and Immigration et al v Harkat, (“Harkat”).

CCLA had intervened in this important decision considering the constitutionality of the current Security Certificate regime. CCLA focused its arguments on the communications structures permitted — or more to the point, [...]

Supreme Court of Canada Strikes a Blow to Government Openness

By on May 14, 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its decision in John Doe v. Ontario (Minister of Finance), a case that interpreted an exception to Ontario’s provincial access to information regime for “advice or recommendations” of a public servant.  The case arose when John Doe, an anonymous requester, asked for information about amendments to Ontario’s Corporate [...]