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 [...]

CCLA Supports Women’s Right to Choose in P.E.I.

By on May 9, 2014

CCLA expressed its support for a women’s right to choose, at an event that took place on May 8th in Charlottetown entitled “A Rally For Our Right to Accessible Abortion.” CCLA’s  statement of support was read out at the rally. It expressed the organization’s view that women have the right to choose what happens to [...]

Broad “Human Smuggling” Provision Could Criminalize Humanitarian Rescuers of Refugees

By on May 1, 2014

The British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) ruled that s. 117 – the “human smuggling” provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act – was constitutional, in contrast to an earlier court’s finding in this case. The lower court in R v Appulonappa had found that the provision was overbroad and unconstitutional, as it could [...]

May 2014 E-bulletin

By on May 1, 2014

Welcome to CCLA’s May E-bulletin.

In this issue, you can read about CCLA’s active advocacy to uphold the democratic process in light of Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act, which we argue will constrain the ability of individuals to vote by imposing requirements relating to vouching and proof of address. We also inform you about a successful [...]

CCLA Highlights Problems with Proposed ‘Fair Elections Act’

By on April 15, 2014

CCLA recently appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs to convey our serious concerns about Bill C-23: Fair Elections Act.  The Bill proposes to make a number of changes to the Canada Elections Act which will make it harder for some people to exercise their constitutionally-protected right to vote. [...]