CCLA's Opposition to the Quebec Charter of Values: Read our Brief

CCLA has submitted a brief to the Quebec National Assembly’s Committee on Institutions’ as part of its general consultation and public hearings on Bill 60.  Bill 60, or the Charter affirming the values of State secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests, is a [...]

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 [...]

Who Guards the Guards: Prisons and Public Accountability - Public Lecture with Prof. Andrew Coyle

This October, CCLA invited Prof. Andrew Coyle to Toronto to testify as an expert witness at the Ashley Smith Inquest. Prof. Coyle is Professor Emeritus of Prison Studies in the School of Law, King’s College, University of London. Between 1997 and 2005 he was Director of the International Centre for Prison Studies in the same [...]

The Ashley Smith Inquest Resumes

In October 2007, Ashley Smith died tragically at the age of 19 inside her prison cell after tying a ligature around her neck, while prison guards – instructed not to intervene before she stopped breathing – watched. A public inquest into her death began in January 2013. Inquests are always held when an inmate dies [...]

CCLA Joins Trans March at Toronto Pride 2013

On June 28th, 2013 CCLA joined over 1,000 trans people and allies at the Toronto Pride Trans March.  This was CCLA’s second year participating in the March, which has been held annually since 2009.  This year’s event was different, however, because it marked the first occasion in which the City of Toronto issued [...]