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 [...]

Refugee Rights Day: CCLA shares the story of the Pusuma Daróczi family

By on April 4, 2014

This Refugee Rights Day, April 4, 2014,  CCLA wishes to share the story of one family – two parents and their 6-year-old daughter, Lulu. The parents – both human rights activists, both Roma, one of Jewish descent – were assaulted in their home country, Hungary, and are in danger if they return. Unfortunately, their refugee claim [...]

Panel Discussion: Signalling the Future of Intelligence Regulation in Canada?

By on April 3, 2014

On Tuesday, April 8th, CCLA General Counsel and Executive Director Sukanya Pillay will participate in a panel discussion, co-sponsored by the Surveillance Studies Centre, School of Policy Studies, and the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University.  

See the poster below for more details.



April 2014 E-bulletin

By on April 1, 2014

Dear CCLA Supporters:

As we head into April, CCLA continues its strong focus on accountability.

This week we appeared before the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence arguing for review and oversight of the Canadian Border Services Agency – an agency with sweeping powers including law enforcement, the powers to arrest with and without a warrant, [...]

CCLA Urges Senate Committee to Recommend Complaints Review Mechanism of CBSA

By on April 1, 2014

On March 31, 2014, the CCLA’s General Counsel Sukanya Pillay appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence to participate in the Senate’s study on the policies and practices of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).  The CCLA focused on five areas of concern:

(1)   the need for an independent review mechanism;

(2)   the [...]

Supreme Court reaffirms robust habeas corpus review for Canadian detainees

By on March 28, 2014

On March 27, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Mission Institution v. Khela, a case that examined the scope of court review on a habeas corpus application and the disclosure obligations correctional authorities owe when an individual is involuntarily transferred to a higher security correctional facility. Habeas corpus is a centuries-old [...]

Trouble registering to vote in Quebec? Let us know

By on March 27, 2014

CCLA is very concerned about reports coming out of the province of Quebec that individuals, particularly students, are facing barriers in registering to vote in the upcoming provincial election.  Media reports suggest that people who are eligible to vote have been turned away when registering on the basis that they could not establish their domicile [...]

CCLA and Canadian Artists for Civil Liberties Present the CCLA 50th Anniversary Concert Celebration

By on March 27, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014
8 pm, Doors open at 7 pm
 Post-show reception to follow concert
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
427 Bloor St W, Toronto


$25 CCLA Members & Early-birds

$30 at the Door

Online ticket sales end at 3 p.m. on May 3rd.




Jason Collett

Arraymusic Ensemble performing an original composition by Owen Pallett

Kobo Town

Axé Capoeira Toronto

Clay and Paper Theatre

Lido Pimienta

Damian Rogers

“TBA” University of [...]