On November 8th, 2011, the CCLA will be intervening in the case of R. v. Prokofiew at the Supreme Court of Canada. The central question in this appeal is whether jurors should be permitted to consider an accused person’s decision to not testify as evidence of guilt. The Crown will be arguing that it can [...]
On September 20, Justice Minister Robert Nicholson tabled the much anticipated Safe Streets and Communities Act, which bundles nine pieces of legislation from past sessions of Parliament together into a single omnibus bill. While this bill includes many core components of the government’s criminal law agenda, further enhancements of police powers are also expected to [...]
The CCLA recently wrote to the Montreal Police Service to express its concern about a special Unit it has created to target and monitor “anarchists”. This Unit has reportedly been created to prevent property damage and violent behaviour from occurring during public demonstrations. In the CCLA’s view, there is no [...]
The June 23, 2011 release of the Toronto Police Service’s (TPS) After-Action Review of G20 Summit policing provides the TPS’ perspective on the successes and challenges of G20 Summit security.
The report acknowledges several inadequacies in the training and communications protocols used during the G20 and makes ten recommendations for improving the TPS’ ability to police [...]
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association welcomes the Toronto Police Service’s recent announcement that it will never again use the crowd control technique known as “kettling”. This technique garnered significant attention and criticism when it was employed during the last day of the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. The widely covered “kettling” incident involved police boxing [...]