CCLA Applauds Supreme Court Decision on State Neutrality and Religious Freedom

The CCLA applauds the Supreme Court decision in Mouvement laïque québécois, et al. v. City of Saguenay, et al., which held that the recital of a prayer at the beginning of public city council meetings violates provisions of the Quebec charter of human rights and freedoms.  The Court found that the recital violated the state duty of […]

CCLA Urges Toronto Police Services Board to Reject New "Community Engagement" Policy

CCLA was once again before the Toronto Police Services Board presenting oral and written submissions in connection with a proposed procedure and amended policy on carding and racial profiling. According to CCLA and many others who spoke out, the new draft procedure and amended Board policy would unjustifiably expand the power of police to stop […]

Supreme Court Issues a Strong Decision on Freedom of Religion in Loyola v. Quebec

The Supreme Court has rendered its decision in Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General).  The case examines the province of Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum which was put in place several years ago when the province went through the process of moving away from a confessional system of education.  Loyola, a private […]

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.” […]

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, […]