CCLA Flips Its Wig for Access to Justice

By on February 5, 2014

CCLA is participating in a new, multi-organization campaign, to promote and fundraise for access to justice. Flip Your Wig, an awareness campaign and a pledge-based fundraising event culminates on March 6, when members of the justice community and general public in Ontario will wear traditional judicial or wacky wigs to show their support for non-profit [...]

Celebrate the launch of A. Alan Borovoy’s memoir “At the Barricades”

By on February 5, 2014

CCLA invites you to attend the launch for At the Barricades, a memoir by CCLA General Counsel Emeritus A. Alan Borovoy. The event takes place Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Ben McNally Books (366 Bay St., Toronto).

Come celebrate one of Canada’s leading champions of civil liberties, who spent over forty years [...]

February 2014 E-bulletin | Bulletin électronique février 2014

By on February 4, 2014

Greetings from CCLA,


We are well into 2014, which also marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association!  We are planning a series of celebratory events and we invite you to join us for as many as you can.  Please stay tuned to our website for more information throughout the year, and mark your [...]

Sukanya Pillay: When it comes to the U.S. border, don’t put trade ahead of privacy

By on January 27, 2014

This op-ed was originally published in The National Post, January 3rd, 2012.

While most media reports (including several in this paper) have focused on the economic gains that will potentially result from the new Beyond the Border agreement recently signed by Canada and the United States, privacy concerns should be paramount in the minds of Canadians.

It [...]

Right to Protest Under Fire in Ukraine

By on January 23, 2014

Earlier this year, CCLA, in conjunction with partners from nine other countries around the globe, released a report on threats to the right to protest around the world.  The report, Take Back the Streets, documented case studies from ten countries that demonstrate the constraints being placed on the right to peacefully protest.  Unfortunately, the patterns [...]

Flip Your Wig: Access to Justice Fundraiser

By on January 21, 2014

CCLA’s Opposition to the Quebec Charter of Values: Read our Brief

By on December 20, 2013

CCLA has submitted a brief to the Quebec National Assembly’s Committee on Institutions’ as part of its general consultation and public hearings on Bill 60.  Bill 60, or the Charter affirming the values of State secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests, is a [...]

Homicide – Verdict in the Ashley Smith Inquest

By on December 19, 2013

The jury of five delivered their verdict this morning, determining that Ashley Smith died as a result of homicide.

This is a sad victory, as justice can never be done for Ashley Smith.

However, CCLA is hoping it will result in a clear message sent to the Correctional Service of Canada that significant changes need to be [...]

CCLA welcomes ongoing investigation into weekend police shooting

By on December 16, 2013

The CCLA is concerned by the news of a police shooting in Toronto’s Queen subway station.  Very few details have been released, and we welcome the news that the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating.  We will continue to monitor the situation, and will be specifically looking for information regarding why the police thought such [...]

CCLA concerned about DNA testing of Migrant Workers

By on December 13, 2013

According to recent reports, a large number of migrant workers were approached by police and asked to provide DNA samples as part of an investigation into a sexual assault.  Although police reportedly had a description of the suspect, the group of individuals asked to give a DNA sample was diverse, ranging in age “from 21 [...]