July 24, 2014 – The CCLA eagerly awaits the release of Justice Iacobucci’s report tomorrow, Police Encounters with People in Crisis. The CCLA made written submissions, found here, and Executive Director and General Counsel Sukanya Pillay, participated in a round-table discussion with stakeholders. The report is the culmination of the Independent Review looking in to [...]
CCLA welcomes the decision of the Federal Court, reinstating healthcare that had been provided for more than 50 years to refugee claimants and others seeking Canada’s protection. 2012 cuts to this coverage, according to today’s ruling, had the effect of denying these individuals funding for life-saving medications such as insulin and cardiac drugs, for basic [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]