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 [...]

CCLA applauds Ontario police chiefs for leadership on non-conviction records

For the past 18 months the CCLA has been engaging with members of the Ontario Association for Chiefs of Police, working collaboratively towards changing policing guidelines that presumptively allow for the release of non-conviction records on police records checks.  The release of non-conviction records has been a core issue for CCLA for many years – [...]

Sukanya Pillay: When it comes to the U.S. border, don’t put trade ahead of privacy

This op-ed was originally published in The National Post, January 3rd, 2012.

While most media reports (including several in this paper) have focused on the economic gains that will potentially result from the new Beyond the Border agreement recently signed by Canada and the United States, privacy concerns should be paramount in the minds of Canadians.

It [...]

CCLA concerned about DNA testing of Migrant Workers

According to recent reports, a large number of migrant workers were approached by police and asked to provide DNA samples as part of an investigation into a sexual assault.  Although police reportedly had a description of the suspect, the group of individuals asked to give a DNA sample was diverse, ranging in age “from 21 [...]