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 [...]

CCLA Appears Before Committee Considering Bill C-13 (Protecting Canadians From Online Crime Act)

On June 5, 2014 CCLA appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as part of its consideration on Bill C-13, the government’s so-called cyberbullying legislation.  Other than creating a new offence to deal with the non-consensual distribution of intimate images, the Bill has very little to do with cyberbullying. [...]

Ontario court upholds human rights decision on freedom of expression and union speech

On May 28, 2014, Ontario’s Divisional Court released its decision in Taylor-Baptiste v. OPSEU, confirming the right of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to consider Charter values, including freedom of expression, when assessing whether there has been discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The CCLA had intervened in the case to promote a robust [...]