The Supreme Court’s decision this morning in R. v. Fearon gives the police seemingly wide latitude to search cell phones – without warrants – upon individuals’ arrest. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is concerned that the judgment represents a significant blow to the privacy rights of average Canadians. Searching cell phones or any personal digital […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]