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 […]

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 concerned by Supreme Court judgment on police cell phone searches

The Supreme Court’s decision this morning in R. v. Fearon gives the police seemingly wide latitude to search cell phones – without warrants – upon individuals’ arrest.  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is concerned that the judgment represents a significant blow to the privacy rights of average Canadians.  Searching cell phones or any personal digital […]

Appellate decision approves G20 class action

On August 6, 2014, the Ontario Divisional Court decided that hundreds of individuals who were detained and arrested in mass police cordons during the G20 can have their legal claims heard together as a class action.  Hundreds of those detained at the Eastern Avenue Detention Centre may also have their claims jointly heard as part […]

CCLA welcomes Supreme Court's restrictions on 'Mr. Big' technique

On Friday August 1st the Supreme Court released its decision in R v Hart, a case that examined whether the existing legal limits on a police investigative tactic known as “Mr. Big” were sufficient to protect individuals’ rights and ensure fair trials. The Court agreed with the position advanced by CCLA and a number of […]