CCLA Welcomes SCC Ruling that Mandatory Minimum Sentences are Unconstitutional

CCLA welcomes the Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Nur released today. CCLA had intervened in R v Nur and in the companion case R v Charles to argue that the three-year and five-year mandatory minimum sentences imposed under sections 95(2)(a)(i) and (ii) of the Criminal Code constitute cruel and unusual punishment in […]

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 […]

Proposed Amendments to C-51 Insufficient

This past week, the Liberal Party released their proposed amendments to Bill-C51, the government’s new anti-terrorism legislation.   The CCLA is a non-partisan national non-profit organization which for fifty years has fought to protect civil liberties and fundamental human rights.  It is our view that the Opposition’s proposed amendments do not go far enough in curing […]

Release: Canadian human rights organizations call for Bill C-51 to be withdrawn

March 30, 2015 – Today, as the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security commences its clause-by-clause review of Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, seven of Canada’s leading human rights organizations reiterate their call for the Bill to be withdrawn.

Since the Committee began its hearings on March 9, 2015, it […]

CCLA Concerned about Quebec Protests and Reports of Shutting Down and Use of Force by Police

The CCLA is concerned about reports this past week that Quebec police have allegedly shut down protests in Montreal and Quebec City, and on occasion reportedly used force. The right to protest is constitutionally protected in Canada. Legitimate dissent, expression and protest are the hallmarks of a democratic society; police have a duty not only […]