CCLA's Submissions to the Committee Considering Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015

Since the government tabled Bill C-51, CCLA has been speaking out about our concerns about the Bill.  CCLA has sent a written brief to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, summarizing some of our primary concerns about the Bill.  Read those submissions here.

We were also fortunate to have the opportunity to appear […]

The Anti-Terror Legislation is Unnecessary and Could Undermine Security

This morning the Commissioner of the RCMP, Bob Paulson, appeared before the House of Commons Committee on Public Safety and National Security to talk about the ongoing investigation into the actions of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in Ottawa on October 22, 2014.  He also showed the Committee part of a video that Zehaf-Bibeau made just prior to […]

CCLA welcomes SCC decision re Anti-Terrorist Financing Laws and Solicitor-Client Privilege

The Supreme Court of Canada today struck down unconstitutional provisions in the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (“Act”), in its decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

In summary, the Act and its Regulations required lawyers to record and retain records on clients for transactions above three thousand dollars […]

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.” […]

CCLA Welcomes Supreme Court Decision on Assisted Dying

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) welcomes today’s decision from the Supreme Court of Canada striking down the assisted suicide provisions of the Criminal Code.  The CCLA intervened in the case to argue that an absolute prohibition on assisted suicide restricts personal autonomy in a way that unreasonably limits the rights to life, liberty and […]