CCLA calls for recognition of Deepan Budlakoti's citizenship

CCLA has again written to the Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, requesting that he recognize the citizenship of Deepan Budlakoti.  Read our letter here.

Deepan Budlakoti was born in Canada on October 17, 1989.  In 2010 his citizenship was revoked, leaving him stateless and without health care.  At the time of his birth, […]

Release: Rights groups welcome statement from eminent Canadians calling for review and oversight of national security activities

RELEASE: Rights groups welcome statement from eminent Canadians calling for review and oversight of national security activitiesFebruary 19, 2015 – 

For immediate release

Today, a group of 22 eminent Canadians, comprised of former Prime Ministers, Ministers of Justice, Ministers of Public Safety, Solicitors General, Supreme Court of Canada Justices, and members of national security, law enforcement and […]

CCLA Intervenes in Case Concerning Freedom of Expression in the Courts

In January 2015 CCLA intervened in an important professional discipline case before Ontario’s Divisional Court.  The case, Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada, concerns the question of when a lawyer can be subject to professional discipline for statements made in court during highly contested litigation.  Joseph Groia, the lawyer at the centre of the […]

CCLA welcomes SCC decision re Anti-Terrorist Financing Laws and Solicitor-Client Privilege

The Supreme Court of Canada today struck down unconstitutional provisions in the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (“Act”), in its decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

In summary, the Act and its Regulations required lawyers to record and retain records on clients for transactions above three thousand dollars […]

Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Assisting Refugees Enter Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada will be holding a two day hearing this Monday and Tuesday to consider laws that could penalize individuals for having assisted refugees enter Canada. The act of providing such assistance to people in danger is being termed, under a very broad interpretation of the law, “human smuggling” or “people smuggling.” […]