This morning the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in R. v. Nur, striking down the mandatory minimum sentence of three years in jail for possessing a prohibited firearm that is loaded or near readily accessible ammunition. CCLA intervened in Nur and one of its companion cases to argue that this mandatory minimum provision [...]
Traditionally when the police get a warrant, they have broad authority to search through anything in the house that might uncover the evidence they are looking for. If the warrant says they can look for documents, they do not need specific authorization to look inside filing cabinets, cupboards or boxes that are inside the house. [...]
CCLA has joined with nine other domestic civil liberties and human rights organizations from around the world to release a report, “Take back the streets”: Repression and criminalization of protest around the world. Download the report here.
In June 2010, hundreds of thousands of Canadians took to the streets of Toronto to peacefully protest the G20 [...]
The Supreme Court released its decisions in R. v. MacKenzie and R. v. Chehil this morning, a pair of cases involving police searches with sniffer dogs and the ‘reasonable suspicion’ standard. CCLA is concerned that the Court’s general formulation of the reasonable suspicion standard – that the evidence must support a possibility of criminal behaviour [...]
It is time to revisit the use of force model that is part of police training. It just does not work. The death of Sammy Yatim, who was holding a knife, alone on a streetcar, and was shot nine times by a police officer, should lead us to that conclusion. Tragedies often bring to light systemic flaws. The Lac [...]