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 [...]

Call to Action - Please help us take a stand for equal rights for trans people - Phone Senators on November 20

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 [...]

CCLA at Supreme Court on Assisted Suicide Case

Today the CCLA intervened before the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter v. Attorney General of Canada, a case that challenges the Criminal Code’s current prohibition on assisted suicide.  This is the second time that the highest court will consider the issue.  In 1993, the Supreme Court in Rodriguez held that the absolute ban on [...]

CCLA at Supreme Court on Important Freedom of Religion Case

The CCLA appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener in the case of Mouvement laïque québécois, et al. v. City of Saguenay, et al. The appeal heard by the Court on October 14, 2014, centres on whether the recital of a prayer at the beginning of public city council meetings violates provisions [...]

CCLA Argues there are Inadequate Safeguards for Person Detained under Ontario's Mental Health Law

The case of P.S. v. Ontario concerns an individual detained for over 18 years in a maximum security mental health facility, despite a broad consensus that he does not need to be in maximum security, and significant evidence that he may not need to be in an institution at all and may be eligible for [...]