Right to Protest Under Fire in Ukraine

Earlier this year, CCLA, in conjunction with partners from nine other countries around the globe, released a report on threats to the right to protest around the world.  The report, Take Back the Streets, documented case studies from ten countries that demonstrate the constraints being placed on the right to peacefully protest.  Unfortunately, the patterns [...]

CCLA welcomes ongoing investigation into weekend police shooting

The CCLA is concerned by the news of a police shooting in Toronto’s Queen subway station.  Very few details have been released, and we welcome the news that the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating.  We will continue to monitor the situation, and will be specifically looking for information regarding why the police thought such [...]

CCLA Calls on Police Services Board to Stop Racial Profiling and Carding

On November 18th, 2013, CCLA participated in a special community meeting held by the Toronto Police Services Board on racial profiling and carding.  The Board heard from 23 deputations on the Toronto Police Service’s PACER report, and on the response to it by Board Chair Dr. Mukherjee.

CCLA’s submissions called for an end to the practice [...]

CCLA partners with #G20Romp on post-show panel discussions!

Watch the above video to hear from CCLA’s Director of Public Safety Abby Deshman on G20 Toronto, policing at protests and You Should Have Stayed Home.

CCLA is partnering with Praxis Theatre throughout their National Tour of You Should Have Stayed Home, a performance piece about the largest peacetime mass arrest in Canadian history. Written by Tommy Taylor, the play [...]

Toronto officer convicted of G20 assault: What did CCLA have to say?

Yesterday, Toronto Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani became the first police officer convicted of criminal charges stemming from the 2010 G20. Const. Andalib-Goortani had caught on video by a bystander, beating protestor Adam Nobody at the demonstration three years ago. Nobody was already on the ground, restrained by several other officers.

As a leading voice on police accountability [...]