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 Intervenes to Protect the Right to Vote

CCLA is appearing before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Frank v. Canada, a case which deals with the fundamental right of all Canadian citizens to cast a ballot in a federal election.  The Frank case challenges provisions of the Canada Elections Act that prohibits Canadians citizens who have resided outside of the country for more than five years from […]

CCLA Disappointed by Federal Government’s Inadequate Response to Ashley Smith Inquest Recommendations

On December 11, 2014, the Correctional Service of Canada released its response to the findings of the Ashley Smith inquest, nearly one full year following the inquest jury’s verdict and detailed recommendations. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association – which participated in the Ashley Smith inquest – is deeply disappointed with the Government’s response, which we […]