CCLA Highlights Problems with Proposed 'Fair Elections Act'

CCLA recently appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs to convey our serious concerns about Bill C-23: Fair Elections Act.  The Bill proposes to make a number of changes to the Canada Elections Act which will make it harder for some people to exercise their constitutionally-protected right to vote. [...]

CCLA welcomes Supreme Court decision on credit for pre-trial detention

The Supreme Court released its decision in R. v. Summers this morning, ruling that a broad range of circumstances may justify giving an individual enhanced credit for pre-trial detention at the time of sentencing.  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association intervened in the case, arguing that individuals must not face a harsher sentence simply because they [...]

CCLA urges TDSB not to expand record check program

It has been reported that trustees for the Toronto District School Board will consider a motion that would require all volunteers entering any TDSB school to submit a vulnerable sector check.   The CCLA has significant concerns about the breadth of information that police services release on these checks and the growing resort to police record [...]

CCLA Urges Senate Committee to Recommend Complaints Review Mechanism of CBSA

On March 31, 2014, the CCLA’s General Counsel Sukanya Pillay appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence to participate in the Senate’s study on the policies and practices of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).  The CCLA focused on five areas of concern:

(1)   the need for an independent review mechanism;

(2)   the [...]

Supreme Court reaffirms robust habeas corpus review for Canadian detainees

On March 27, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Mission Institution v. Khela, a case that examined the scope of court review on a habeas corpus application and the disclosure obligations correctional authorities owe when an individual is involuntarily transferred to a higher security correctional facility. Habeas corpus is a centuries-old [...]