GSAs, Homophobia, and Transphobia in Schools: Know Your Rights!

By on June 20, 2014

CCLA invites you to a panel discussion about students’ experiences of homophobic bullying, school inaction, and obstacles to creating real Gay-Straight Alliances.  Learn about your rights as a student or ally and what YOU can do.

SPEAKERS:  Christopher Karas, a high school student who filed a human rights complaint against his school for discrimination [...]

A Win at the Supreme Court on Internet Privacy

By on June 13, 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada has rendered its decision in R. v. Spencer, a case that considered the privacy interests that an individual has in Internet activities and affirmed that anonymity is a key component of the right to privacy.  The Court also clarified a point of long-standing disagreement between privacy advocates and law enforcement [...]

INCLO Discussion – Social Protest and Human Rights

By on June 12, 2014

The International Network of Civil liberties Organizations (INCLO) is holding a discussion on police use of force and human rights’ protections in social protests, Friday, June 13 in Geneva, 2 pm – 4 pm local time.  Click here to watch a live stream of the proceedings.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary [...]

CCLA Appears Before Committee Considering Bill C-13 (Protecting Canadians From Online Crime Act)

By on June 6, 2014

On June 5, 2014 CCLA appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as part of its consideration on Bill C-13, the government’s so-called cyberbullying legislation.  Other than creating a new offence to deal with the non-consensual distribution of intimate images, the Bill has very little to do with cyberbullying. [...]

Ontario court upholds human rights decision on freedom of expression and union speech

By on May 30, 2014

On May 28, 2014, Ontario’s Divisional Court released its decision in Taylor-Baptiste v. OPSEU, confirming the right of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to consider Charter values, including freedom of expression, when assessing whether there has been discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The CCLA had intervened in the case to promote a robust [...]

Director of Administration – Job Posting

By on May 30, 2014


Full-time senior level position

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is one of Canada’s leading civil liberties organizations with an energetic and highly dedicated staff who are committed to advancing civil liberties and human rights in Canada. The Director of Administration will work closely with the Executive Director to ensure a positive [...]

International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations Conference: “No country for civil society – What strategies can human rights organizations follow under increasingly authoritarian regimes?”

By on May 30, 2014

International conference of leading human rights organizations: “No country for civil society – What strategies can human rights organizations follow under increasingly authoritarian regimes?” – May 30 2014

Representatives of leading human rights organizations from around the world, met at a conference in Hungary to examine the following questions: how to survive in a hostile environment; [...]

CCLA Reacts to Nomination of new Privacy Commissioner

By on May 29, 2014

Prime Minister Harper announced his nomination of Daniel Therrien as the next Privacy Commissioner of Canada.  Mr. Therrien is currently serving as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio, at the Department of Justice and the appointment will have to be approved by resolution of the House of Commons and Senate.   [...]

CCLA Marks 100 Years Since the Komogata Maru, and the Legacy of Canadian Immigration Policy

By on May 23, 2014

The past has much to teach us if we choose to learn. Specifically, history shows us the dangers of vilifying and/or discriminating against migrants. The story of the Komagata Maru is one such story.

One hundred years ago today the ship Komagata Maru arrived in Canada carrying immigrants ready to start a new life in this [...]

Press Release: CCLA Challenges Constitutionality Of Privacy Legislation

By on May 22, 2014



Toronto -  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has launched a constitutional challenge to parts of the federal privacy legislation that effectively permits private companies to engage in warrantless disclosure of personal information to government. The challenge is part of CCLA’s ongoing work in the [...]