9/11 Ten Years On: Implications for Canada - September 7, 2011



Panel Discussion, Public Welcome
Paul Champ (Counsel in Abdelrazik, Afghan Detainees)
Nathalie Des Rosiers (General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
Jameel Jaffer (Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union, New York)
Lorne Sossin (Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School)
Sukanya Pillay (Director, National Security Program, Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
Campbell House Museum (Corner of Queen Street West & University Avenue, Toronto – Osgoode subway station)
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
6:30pm – 8:00pm

CCLA members: $5.00
Non-CCLA members: $15.00
Student members: free (click here to become a student member)

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Registration, questions and more information: Sukanya Pillay, Director, National Security Program, at pillay@ccla.org, (416) 363-0321, ext 256

Video from this event will be made available through CPAC.

For those of you unable to attend, we will be live blogging the event

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Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., much of the national security discourse world-wide is framed in terms of striking a balance between security and human rights.

Abrogations of civil liberties are presented as necessary trade-offs in the fight against “terrorism”, even though these abrogations may not provide any meaningful gains for national security.

Canada is not immune from this polemic.  Since 9/11, Canada has been implicated in crises that raise serious questions about our key democratic values — habeas corpus, due process, presumption of innocence, freedom from torture, accountability and redress, right to know and challenge the case against you, natural justice and fairness, equality —  once thought to lie at the heart of our constitutional order and our international legal commitments.

CCLA has consistently taken the position that civil liberties and human rights are necessary prerequisites to effectively fight, prosecute, and punish terrorist acts.  But not everybody agrees with us.

We invite you to join us in a panel discussion on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Four renowned civil liberties lawyers who have been at the forefront of the fight and debate over national security and civil liberties will engage in a panel discussion for 60 minutes, and answer audience questions for 30 minutes.

Nathalie Des Rosiers (Canadian Civil Liberties Association), Jameel Jaffer (ACLU New York), Paul Champ (Counsel – Afghan Detainees, Abdelrazik, Benatta), Lorne Sossin (Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School) will speak specifically on issues and cases, including:

  • Increasing impact of foreign national security rules in Canada
  • Surveillance, Listing and profiling – international information exchanges, watch lists, no-fly lists, and security screening – what recourse for wrongly identified Canadians?
  • CSIS and RCMP oversight, review, and accountability – what follow up to the Commissions of Inquiry of Justices O’Connor, Iacobucci, and Major?
  • Security Certificates and the rise of administrative detentions and deportations
  • Canada, Afghan Detainees, and Multinational Security Forces – the continuing need for answers
  • Changes to Canada’s Criminal Code :  broad definitions of terrorism, the use of investigative hearings and preventive detention – do they help or hinder effective investigation, prosecution, and punishment of terrorist acts?
  • Canada- US Security Perimeter going forward: competing visions of security?

Our panelists will also be addressing the following themes:

  • Does effective national security mean a necessary abrogation of civil liberties?
  • Should Canadians lower their expectations of what constitutes ‘reasonable privacy’?
  • Are we allowing the increasing use of immigration and administrative proceedings with their lesser due process and evidentiary safeguards, to supplant criminal proceedings in counter-terror measures?
  • Do we still believe in the absolute prohibition against torture?
  • Is there a second-tier of “justice” emerging in Canada for non-Canadians?
  • Do the Laws of War still apply in the so-called ‘war against terror’?
  • Are Listing (No Fly Lists, Watch Lists, Asset Freeze Lists, UN Terrorist Lists), Profiling, Mass Information Gathering and Dissemination, and Security Clearances the way of the future – and if so, what effective means if any will exist for individuals who are wrongly listed and suffering curtailed rights?

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For more information contact:  Sukanya Pillay at pillay@ccla.org, (416) 363-0321, ext 256