CCLA Welcomes SCC Ruling that Mandatory Minimum Sentences are Unconstitutional

CCLA welcomes the Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Nur released today. CCLA had intervened in R v Nur and in the companion case R v Charles to argue that the three-year and five-year mandatory minimum sentences imposed under sections 95(2)(a)(i) and (ii) of the Criminal Code constitute cruel and unusual punishment in […]

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.” […]

CCLA RESPONDS TO NEW ANTI-TERROR LEGISLATION 2015

 

 

On January 30th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper introducedBill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015. The Bill amends the Criminal Code, the CSIS Act, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and several other pieces of legislation.   Generally speaking, the Bill permits more latitude for greater information sharing between government agencies, lengthens the time for preventive detention, permits police […]

Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement

“Solitary confinement deprives the prisoner of vital human contact. This practice has devastating effects on the prisoner’s mental and physical wellbeing, and constitutes the harshest form of punishment that may be administered in Canadian penitentiaries. As such, the ready, routine and prolonged use of solitary confinement in Canadian penitentiaries is unjustified, unethical, […]

CCLA Urges Restraint in Responding to Recent Tragedies: An Open Letter to Members of Parliament

The tragic events of last week have led to discussions about new powers for police and intelligence agencies.  CCLA is troubled by this narrative and has written to Members of Parliament urging them to consider what is at stake as new laws and policies are considered in the weeks and months that follow.  Read our […]