CCLA Urges Senate Committee to Recommend Complaints Review Mechanism of CBSA

On March 31, 2014, the CCLA’s General Counsel Sukanya Pillay appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence to participate in the Senate’s study on the policies and practices of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).  The CCLA focused on five areas of concern:

(1)   the need for an independent review mechanism;

(2)   the [...]

CCLA Seriously Concerned About Allegations of CSEC authorized NSA Spying During G20

Last night, CBC reported that the most recent revelations from Glen Greenwald and Edward Snowden allege that  Canada allowed the US National Security Agency  (NSA) to conduct ‘spying activities’ on Canadian soil during the 2010 G20 meetings.  These allegations are seriously concerning to the CCLA.   If the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) authorized the [...]

CCLA and Other Groups Urge Senate of Canada to Pass the Trans Rights Bill

Equal Rights for All
In Support of Bill C-279: An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (Gender Identity)
Dear Senators,
The following organizations, representing a broad cross section of civil society groups from across Canada, urge the Senate to pass Bill C-279, the Gender Identity Bill, as drafted and without delay, to [...]

Homicide - Verdict in the Ashley Smith Inquest

The jury of five delivered their verdict this morning, determining that Ashley Smith died as a result of homicide.

This is a sad victory, as justice can never be done for Ashley Smith.

However, CCLA is hoping it will result in a clear message sent to the Correctional Service of Canada that significant changes need to be [...]

CCLA concerned about DNA testing of Migrant Workers

According to recent reports, a large number of migrant workers were approached by police and asked to provide DNA samples as part of an investigation into a sexual assault.  Although police reportedly had a description of the suspect, the group of individuals asked to give a DNA sample was diverse, ranging in age “from 21 [...]