By Cara Zwibel 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 […]
By Cara Zwibel 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 […]
By Cara Zwibel 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 […]
By Cara Zwibel 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 […]
By Cara Zwibel on October 27, 2014
The tragic events of last week have led to discussions about new powers for police and intelligence agencies. CCLA is troubled by this narrative and has written to Members of Parliament urging them to consider what is at stake as new laws and policies are considered in the weeks and months that follow. Read our […]
By Cara Zwibel on October 15, 2014
Today the CCLA intervened before the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter v. Attorney General of Canada, a case that challenges the Criminal Code’s current prohibition on assisted suicide. This is the second time that the highest court will consider the issue. In 1993, the Supreme Court in Rodriguez held that the absolute ban on […]
By Cara Zwibel on October 14, 2014
The CCLA appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener in the case of Mouvement laïque québécois, et al. v. City of Saguenay, et al. The appeal heard by the Court on October 14, 2014, centres on whether the recital of a prayer at the beginning of public city council meetings violates provisions […]
By Cara Zwibel on October 9, 2014
CCLA has an immediate need for committed volunteers, and in particular law students, to develop an accessible resource collection on a variety of civil liberties topics. To learn more about the project and how to apply, click here.
By Cara Zwibel on September 24, 2014
Join the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project in Ottawa for a discussion of pre-trial imprisonment in Canada. Due to a serious crisis with our bail and criminal justice system, Canada is imprisoning an increasing number of people who are simply waiting for their day in court. Pre-trial detention rates […]
By Cara Zwibel on September 24, 2014
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Ontario are teaming up to deliver educational workshops on police record checks across the province of Ontario!
Police records present numerous barriers for individuals who have had past police contact or justice involvement and who are attempting to find employment, housing and even treatment. Traditionally […]