The Protection of Free Speech in Canada - Case of Eric Brazau Cause for Concern

Recent media reports have noted the case of Eric Brazau, who is serving a lengthy sentence in prison for offensive and disturbing remarks he made on a Toronto subway in relation to the Islamic faith.  CCLA disagrees in the strongest possible terms with the content of Mr. Brazau’s message, and the manner in which he […]

CCLA Defends Free Speech and Personal Autonomy at the Supreme Court

On Friday, January 16, 2015, CCLA will be appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener in the cases of R. v. Barabash and R. v. Rollison.  These appeals consider the Criminal Code’s child pornography provisions and, in particular, the personal use exception to child pornography that was established by the Supreme Court in R. v. […]

CCLA and PBLO Partnering to Aid Defendants in SLAPP Suits

On December 1, 2014, the Ontario government introduced a Bill (Bill 52, Protection of Public Participation Act) to deal with the issue of lawsuits aimed at silencing public participation.  Known as “SLAPP” suits, which stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation” or “Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation”, these lawsuits are directed against […]

Censorship Tracker Launched: A New Tool to Monitor Threats to Free Expression in Canada

CCLA, in partnership with PEN Canada, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has launched Censorship Tracker, an online crowd-sourced mapping tool to monitor threats to freedom of expression in Canada.  The map will allow Canadians to track instances of censorship across Canada, and see how censorship changes over […]

CCLA Calls for Press Access to Omar Khadr

We understand that for two years, members of the press have been denied requests to interview Omar Khadr, by Correctional Service Canada.  At the same time, many statements about Mr. Khadr have been made by government officials to the media.  The Toronto Star, CBC, and White Pine pictures have filed an action for judicial review […]