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. [...]

CCLA welcomes Supreme Court decision on credit for pre-trial detention

By on April 11, 2014

The Supreme Court released its decision in R. v. Summers this morning, ruling that a broad range of circumstances may justify giving an individual enhanced credit for pre-trial detention at the time of sentencing.  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association intervened in the case, arguing that individuals must not face a harsher sentence simply because they [...]

CCLA urges TDSB not to expand record check program

By on April 9, 2014

It has been reported that trustees for the Toronto District School Board will consider a motion that would require all volunteers entering any TDSB school to submit a vulnerable sector check.   The CCLA has significant concerns about the breadth of information that police services release on these checks and the growing resort to police record [...]

CCLA addresses the Toronto Police Services Board on “carding” and racial profiling

By on April 9, 2014

On April 8th, 2014, CCLA presented submissions to the Toronto Police Services Board on the issue of police carding and racial profiling. To its credit, the Board is working to develop its first-ever policy regarding “community contacts” – officers stopping and engaging members of the community in the course of day-to-day policing. Unless the police [...]