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 [...]

Concerns persist about illusory access to medical marijuana

The Ontario Court of Appeal has released its decision in R. v. Mernagh, a challenge to the constitutionality of the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations. The Regulations are supposed to allow ill Canadian suffering from serious, debilitating illnesses to access to a legal source of dried marihuana for medical purposes. Individuals’ experiences from across the country, [...]

Ashley Smith Inquest began last week

The coroner’s inquest into the death of Ashley Smith resumed in Toronto on Monday January 14th, 2013.   An earlier inquest was discontinued after the retirement of the first coroner.

Ashley Smith died tragically at the age of 19 inside her cell at Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, after spending many months in segregation (solitary [...]

CCLA Reacts To Senator's 'Give Them Rope' Idea

Email sent to Senator Boisvenu by CCLA general counsel Nathalie Des Rosiers on February 3, 2012


Many efforts are being made to prevent suicide particularly for people who suffer from depression. Remarks from a public figure like you, Senator, that encourage people to commit suicide are particularly damaging to the various campaigns for suicide prevention. On behalf of the families who have lost one of theirs to suicide, [...]

Call for Guidelines Regarding Non-Disclosure of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections

In light of some very serious charges laid against individuals who had, in a variety of circumstances, not disclosed their HIV status to sexual partners, CCLA has written to the Attorney General for Ontario calling on him to develop guidelines concerning the criminal investigation and prosecution of allegations of non-disclosure of HIV and other sexually [...]